5-Star TE Jeremy Ruckert Commits to Ohio State over Michigan, Notre Dame

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

Photo credit: Scout.com.

Ohio State landed one of the best tight ends the class of 2018 has to offer Monday, as it secured a commitment from Jeremy Ruckert.

According to Scout.com, Ruckert is a 5-star recruit who ranks as the No. 1 tight end and No. 18 overall player nationally, and No. 1 player at his position from the state of New York.

The Lindenhurst, New York, native has ideal size at 6'5" and plenty of room to grow into his frame moving forward at 220 lbs. His 40-yard dash time of 4.87 seconds doesn't jump off the page, but he plays a dynamic brand of football on the field.

His skill set is one that intrigued most of the top programs college football has to offer, and he essentially had his pick of the litter.

As seen in this video tweeted by Ruckert in December, his top-five list consisted of Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin:

While there are plenty of schools that don't utilize the tight end position much within their offense, Ruckert clearly did his homework since all of his top choices have a history of producing quality tight ends to the NFL.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has targeted the tight end position, calling it the "most improved position" on the roster back in April, via Tim Shoemaker of ElevenWarriors.com.

Junior Marcus Baugh is currently the team's starting tight end, with freshman A.J. Alexander behind him on the depth chart.

Potentially elite tight ends are difficult to come by out of high school since the combination of size and athleticism it takes to excel at the position can take years to develop.

There is little doubt that Ruckert still needs a great deal of refining before realizing his immense potential, but all the pieces are in place for him to become a special player at the collegiate level in the near future, especially given the Buckeyes' depth chart.

Like most tight ends, it is tough to envision him being a huge difference-maker as a freshman, but he has a chance to be a special player with some additional seasoning.