Ohio State Football: Meyer Secures Commitment from 3-Star DL Dylan Thompson

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes salutes the students after Ohio State defeated the California Golden Bears 35-28 at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer didn't intend to interrupt your March Madness viewing, but sometimes he just can't help himself.

Dylan Thompson, a 3-star defensive end (according to 247Sports.com) out of Lombard, Illinois, committed to Meyer and the Buckeyes early Saturday afternoon:

#OhioState lands first Core 6 Athlete. 2014 DL Dylan Thompson committed today. #Buckeyes

— #COMPETE (@core6athletes) March 23, 2013

Thompson held offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Iowa, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee and many others, but the Buckeyes beat most of those schools to the punch by offering first.

That paid off for Meyer, as Thompson became the fifth commitment of Ohio State's 2014 class. He joins Damon WebbMarcelys JonesParris Campbell and Kyle Trout

Thompson is a 6'5", 255-pound strong-side defensive end who has the strength to come off the edge and the speed to go side to side pursuing ball carriers. Those are the traits Meyer looks for in his defensive ends, and he uses that advantage up front to overwhelm opposing offenses.

Since he was hired as head coach of Ohio State in November of 2011, Meyer has recruited defensive linemen very well. The Buckeyes have secured commitments from 11 defensive linemen with Meyer at the helm, highlighted by players like Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Joey Bosa.

Building that kind of depth up front is imperative for Meyer, who lost all four starters along his defensive line this year. 

With a number of Ohio State's top targets visiting Columbus this weekend, more good news could be on the way.

Watch a few highlights from Thompson's sophomore season below:

 

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412