Ohio State Football Recruiting: Breaking Down the Buckeye's Latest Commitments

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 18, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes have nailed down three four-star recruits within the week. Two of the signings bolster the Bucks' offensive line and the other is a great, pure athlete. The signings help further establish what Rivals.com is calling the third-best recruiting class in the nation.

Meyer has been busy on the recruiting trail and despite the sanctions and issues facing the program, he has been quite successful in luring talent to Columbus thus far.

Here is a breakdown of each of these signings.


Taylor Decker - 6'8" 313 pounds - OL

Decker is a giant that projects as a solid collegiate offensive tackle. Decker had originally committed to Notre Dame, but he was snatched from the Irish by the aggressive Urban Meyer.

Meyer had already grabbed a couple Irish assistant coaches earlier in the week, now a four-star recruit. These are the things that rivalries are made of.

Decker is touted for his huge frame that he has added over 50 pounds to, his athleticism and his nasty nature. It's exactly what you want from a Big Ten lineman.

He needs to get stronger, but he ran an impressive 5.0 in the 40-yard dash. That is very impressive for a man his size.


Joey O'Connor - 6'4" 295 pounds - OL

O'Connor was another high-profile pickup by Meyer, who swooped in to claim the prize from Windsor, CO. O'Connor made headlines when he was the first recruit to  decommit from Penn State after news of the sex scandal rocked Happy Valley.

He played tackle in high school, but he doesn't have the size to play outside at Ohio State. He'll likely be a guard or center, and another cog in an impressive young offensive line.

O'Connor is a beast of a young man in the weight room. He benched 390 pounds and squatted 615 pounds. That is great strength to key a power running game.


David Perkins - 6'2" 225 pounds - ATH

Perkins excelled on both sides of the ball in high school, but he projects as the type of speed linebacker Urban Meyer covets for his system.

He will need to add some bulk, but he certainly has the athleticism to be molded. He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical leap. He's a great addition and fills a need the Buckeyes had at linebacker.


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