Donovan Munger Commits to Ohio State: What 4-Star DT Brings to Buckeyes' Defense

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 10, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

4-star defensive tackle Donovan Munger from Cleveland, Ohio has verbally committed to play football for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Brad Bournival of ESPN Recruiting Nation reports on Munger's commitment to Ohio State:

Two days after Gareon Conley picked the Buckeyes, this one came on the defensive line as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave his pledge to the Buckeyes after taking his official visit to Columbus over the weekend.

Shaker Heights coach Jarvis Gibson confirmed the commitment.

Munger is listed at a very formidable 6'4'', 285 pounds (247Sports), so he has good size for the position, and he's ranked as the No. 21 defensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

There's no doubting that Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are getting a player with a ton of potential, but what exactly will their new commitment be bringing to the table?

Even though he's ranked as a defensive tackle, Munger has the ability to play on both sides of the ball, at least at the high school level. This goes to show me that he's versatile, smart and willing, and those are all intangibles that you can't necessarily see on tape with a player. The fact that he played offensive line in high school should help him as a defender, as he'll have a good knowledge of the nuances and tells that can give him a slight advantage play-to-play.

Physically, the Buckeyes are getting a player with the intangibles to be dominant. His size is ideal, but he backs that up with great fundamentals and technique. He plays with low pad level, gets a great jump off the ball and is always driving his feet (as both a blocker and a defender in his highlights).

He also has enough speed and quickness to track down defenders and make plays in the backfield, or laterally. Munger projects to be able to play the 1-technique (gap between center and guard), 3-technique (gap between guard and tackle) or even a 5-technique (defensive end) from time to time.

He displays a good move set and uses his hands well, so I wouldn't be surprised if Ohio State asks him to get after the quarterback from the edges in obvious passing situations—whether it be on a stunt or even just lining up at the five.

For a 4-star defensive lineman, you really can't ask for more. He'll be effective both against the run and the pass.

Meyer's 2013 class now stands at 19 commitments, and features 12 4-star recruits. It is ranked No. 8 overall by

Overall, Munger is a great commitment for Ohio State. He already projects to be a solid, physical player for their defensive line, but he looks like he can be even better with proper coaching and experience.

He has the intangibles and the measurables, now all Ohio State needs to do is put him in the best position to succeed.

Considering Meyer's track record of success, the odds are high that we'll see a ton of production from Ohio State's new recruit.

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