Tressel steals one from Florida
Little did we all know that when Urban Meyer resigned from Florida, he'd begin recruiting for THE Ohio State Buckeyes. He's not exactly hitting the recruiting trail for Jim Tressel, but his resignation is changing the minds of previous oral commitments for the 2011 season and beyond. So far, so good for the Scarlet and Gray.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, top linebacker recruit Ryan Shazier announced at his graduation party last night that he has rescinded his oral commitment to the Gators, and announced his commitment to join the Buckeyes for the 2011 season.
Shazier recently completed his senior season at Plantation High School in Florida, where he was a defensive end. At 6'2" and 202 pounds, he's obviously much too undersized for the position at Ohio State, so it's likely he'll be moving to the linebacker position in college for the foreseeable future. Of course, the Buckeyes could use him in the Nathan Williams mold coming off the edge.
Shazier is a high motor-kid, and with that motor comes a whole bunch of athletic ability. He was clocked running a 4.4 40 earlier this year at an Under Armor combine in Miami, to go along with a 38" vertical. He's a consensus top 150 recruit in the nation, a top five recruit in Florida, and a HUGE steal for the Buckeyes. There is no doubt that with more size, Shazier would be an even higher rated prospect. You can expect the Buckeyes to maximize his size and speed.
When Florida coach Urban Meyer first announced his resignation, Shazier immediately began looking at other options. New coach Will Muschamp made his first visit on a recruiting ride to calm down Shazier. While the meeting went well, it didn't calm him enough to not start looking around. On Friday, December 10th, he took an official visit to LSU.
That same weekend, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel came calling to his Plantation home, and Shazier followed up immediately with an official visit to Columbus on Wednesday. It didn't take Shazier long to have his decision, making up his mind by Friday morning that his new digs were going to be at the Horseshoe. I'm not sure if the visit was the ultimate decision-maker for the speed-rusher, but LSU pundits sure seemed confident of the linebacker heading to the Bayou.
Many drafting experts believe that Shazier can become to the Buckeyes in 2011 and beyond what Michael Brewster was to the Buckeyes a few years ago: a vociferous recruiter. By all indications, Shazier has been a lightning rod with regards to helping to recruit others to Florida. With the linebacker heading to Ohio State, it may send a message to other recruits to not only head out of Gainesville, but perhaps head North.
Take note that Shazier was at his graduation party. The linebacker is planning on attending Ohio State starting in January. Congratulation to Ryan Shazier on becoming the latest Buckeye in a HUGE 2011 class, and congratulations to Jim Tressel for out-recruiting two SEC schools in the process.