Feb. 3, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University head coach Urban Meyer and his staff capped the 2016 national letter of intent signing day with a class of 25 new Buckeyes. Seven of these young men are already enrolled at Ohio State and taking course work with 18 new Buckeyes officially joining the recruiting class on Wednesday by signing their national letters of intent.
The class will be considered among the top classes in the nation once again, with this corps of prospects entering the day ranked No. 2 by three of the major recruiting services and No. 1 by another.
Some quick notes on this signing day class:
Ohio State loses 16 starters — eight on offense and eight on defense — off its 2016 team that went 12-1 and defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
Up next: Spring drills, which will kick off March 8.
2016 Ohio State Recruiting Class
|Malik Barrow *||DL||6-3||287||Tampa, Fla. / Catholic & IMG Academy|
|Tuf Borland *||LB||6-1||228||Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bollingbrook|
|Nick Bosa||DL||6-4||265||Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / IMG Academy|
|Rodjay Burns||DB||6-1||180||Louisville, Ky. / Trinity|
|Drue Chrisman||P||6-3||190||Cincinnati, Ohio / LaSalle|
|Jonathon Cooper *||DE||6-3||224||Gahanna, Ohio / Lincoln|
|Gavin Cupp||OL||6-5||295||Leipsic, Ohio / Leipsic|
|Wayne Davis||DB||5-11||187||Norfolk, Va. / Lake Taylor|
|Luke Farrell||TE||6-6||240||Perry, Ohio / Perry|
|Kareem Felder||DB||5-10||165||Baltimore, Md. / St. Frances Academy|
|Jordan Fuller||DB||6-2||200||Old Tappan, N.J. / Old Tappan|
|Tyler Gerald*||OL||6-5||348||Portsmouth, Ohio / East & IMG Academy|
|Malik Harrison||ATH||6-4||215||Columbus, Ohio / Walnut Ridge|
|Dwayne Haskins||QB||6-3||204||Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School|
|Jake Hausmann||TE||6-5||240||Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller|
|Kierre Hawkins||TE||6-4||225||Maple Heights, Ohio / Senior|
|Keandre Jones||LB||6-3||205||Olney, Md. / Good Counsel|
|Michael Jordan *||OL||6-7||316||Canton, Mich. / Plymouth|
|Austin Mack *||WR||6-2||210||Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Luers|
|DeMario McCall||RB/WR||5-11||180||North Ridgeville, Ohio / North Ridgeville|
|Malcolm Pridgeon||OL||6-8||325||Central Islip, N.Y. / Nassau C.C.|
|Binjimen Victor||WR||6-4||173||Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Coconut Creek|
|Antonio Williams *||RB||5-11||215||New London, N.C. / North Stanly|
|Jahsen Wint||SAF||5-11||186||Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall|
|Jack Wohlabaugh||OL||6-4||285||Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit|
2016 Ohio State Signing Day Bios
Defensive Line / 6-3, 287
Tampa, Fla. / IMG Academy & Tampa Catholic
Malik Barrow is a 4-star lineman (Rivals and ESPN) who played well for IMG Academy, in Bradenton, Fla., before an injury ended his season … a member of the 247Sports 300 and rated as high as the No. 27 defensive tackle (Rivals), No. 23 strong-side end (Scout) and the No. 8 end in the state of Florida (Scout) … the No. 6 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team of Top 150 players … had three tackles-for-loss and an interception in an early 2015 game vs. Marimar … he played three years at Tampa Catholic for coach Mike Gregory before transferring to IMG as a senior, where he played for coach Kevin Wright … Barrow was a first-team Florida 3A all-state performer as a junior after a 19 tackles-for-loss season … had 13 sacks as a sophomore … he totaled 158 career tackles with 31 tackles-for-loss and 17 quarterback sacks … enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016.
Linebacker / 6-1, 228
Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook
A 4-star outside linebacker prospect by both 247Sports and Scout, Tuff Borland starred for Bolingbrook teams that advanced to Illinois state playoffs four consecutive years under the direction of coach John Ivlow … Borland recorded 165 tackles as a senior and was named all-state by the Chicago Tribune, all-SW Suburban Blue and the Voyager Media defensive player of the year … he had 152 tackles as a junior and was an IHSFCA 8A and Chicago Tribune all-state selection … rated a Top 20 linebacker prospect nationally by Scout (No. 16) with 247Sports ranking him No. 20 … is rated as high as the No. 4 player in Illinois (247Sports) and a top 300 player by Scout … also played baseball and basketball for two years … is not related to Wisconsin Badger and Ohio native Chris Borland, although both players had grandparents from same area in Iowa … father, Kyle, played linebacker for Wisconsin from 1979-82 and played a year with the Los Angeles Rams and also in the USFL … uncle, Brian, is the defensive coordinator at the University of Buffalo … Borland enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016.
Defensive Line / 6-4, 265
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas
Nick Bosa is a consensus 5-star prospect nationally by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout, and one of the Top 10 overall prospects in this recruiting class with ESPN ranking him No. 3 on its 300, Scout ranking him No. 5 and 247Sports No. 8 … the No. 6 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … he is also a near-unanimous No. 1 defensive end prospect with ESPN, Scout and 247Sports ranking him No. 1, and Rivals has him No. 2 at the strong side end position … Bosa was first-team 7A all-state as a sophomore and junior and certainly would have been as a senior had he not been injured in game No. 8 and missed the rest of the season … a four-year starter for Aquinas teams that won 7A state championships in 2012 and 2014 under Rocco Casullo and in 2015 under Roger Harriott … recorded 56 tackles, 29.5 tackles-for-loss and five quarterback sacks as a junior in 2014 and had 21, 13.5 and five, respectively, before his injury in 2015 … an Under Armour All-American … is the brother of Ohio State’s two-time consensus All-American and two-time Big Ten defensive lineman of the year Joey Bosa …. parents are Cheryl and John Bosa … father was a first-round NFL Draft pick out of Boston College in 1987 by the Miami Dolphins … played three years in the league … uncle, Erik Kumerow, was Ohio State captain in 1987, a two-time all-Big Ten performer and a 1988 NFL first-round draft pick.
Rodjay Burns (RAH-jay)
Defensive Back / 6-1, 180
Louisville, Ky. / Trinity
Among the final commitments to Ohio State’s 2016 class of recruits, Rodjay Burns is a two-way specialist from Kentucky’s powerful Louisville Trinity program, which has 23 state championships including one in 2014 while Burns was a junior … the No. 3 “athlete” in the state according to ESPN, Burns has Top 50 “athlete” status nationally by ESPN (No. 44) and Scout (No. 45) and he is rated 73rd at cornerback by 247Sports … played safety and wide receiver in high school and had 54 tackles and eight interceptions combined as a junior and senior and was named a first-team all-state performer both years by the Associated Press … scored 14 receiving touchdowns in 2015, seven in 2014 and had a punt return score each year … totaled 91 receptions and 1,462 yards his final two seasons as receiver and helped Trinity to 11-win seasons each year … Trinity, coached by Bob Beatty, missed a repeat state title in 2015 after losing by one the quarterfinals to eventual champ Male, 20-19 … Burns was runner-up for Kentucky Mr. Football as a senior … he is the son of Roderick Burns.
Punter / 6-3, 190
Lawrenceburg, Ind. / Cincinnati LaSalle
Drue Chrisman is considered the No. 1 punter prospect in this recruiting class with 247Sports ranking him No. 1, the prestigious Kohl’s kicking and punting organization ranking him No. 1 (out of 81 punters) and Scout ranking him No. 2 … he had an impressive list of scholarship offers, including from Florida State, UCLA and BYU in addition to Ohio State … averaged 46.4 and 43.0 yards per punt during the 2015 and 2014 seasons for LaSalle, respectively … the Lancers, his high school team coached by Jim Hilvert, won back-to-back Division II Ohio state championships those seasons as well … named first-team Division II all-state by the Associated Press as a senior after earning second-team honors all-state honors in 2014 … first-team all-Greater Catholic League … named all-USA Ohio by USA Today … a U.S. Army All-American … named all-district three times … was 38-40 on extra points as a senior and kicked a game-winning, 41-yard field goal with 10 seconds to play to help LaSalle defeat Colerain, 39-36, in a key game … Drue is the son of Sheila and Travis Chrisman.
Defensive Line / 6-3, 224
Gahanna, Ohio / Lincoln
Jonathon Cooper, who enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016, is a consensus 4-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports) and is considered one of the Top 50 players in the nation by 247Sports (No. 32) and Scout (No. 35 overall) … Cooper is listed as one of the Top 5 defensive ends in this class, with 247Sports ranking him as the No. 2 weak-side end and with Rivals and Scout rating him the No. 6 defensive end … ESPN listed him No. 57 on its 300 and he was No. 78 overall on the Rivals 100 … the No. 59 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … he was named to the All-USA Ohio football team and the state defensive player of the year by USA Today and was first-team Associated Press all-state as a senior … helped Lincoln, coached by Bruce Ward, to a 7-4 season in 2015 and a berth in the Ohio state playoffs for a second consecutive year … named the Columbus Dispatch metro defensive player of the year after a 65-tackle season that included 18 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks … had 85 tackles and 11.5 sacks as a junior and was named second-team AP all-state … amassed 150 career tackles with 31 TFLs and 23.5 quarterback sacks … selected for the U.S. Army All-American bowl … also selected to the all-defensive line team in July 2015 at The Opening, in Beaverton, Ore.
Offensive Line / 6-5, 295
Leipsic, Ohio / Leipsic
Two-time all-state offensive lineman Gavin Cupp is an athlete and a football, basketball and baseball letterman from Leipsic High School … he was considered among the Top 15 prospects in the state of Ohio with 247Sports ranking him No. 14 while Rivals had him rated No. 17 … Cupp is also considered among the Top 25 guard prospects nationally by Scout (No. 23) … regionally, Cupp is the No. 5 guard prospect in the Midwest by Scout and Prepstar named him all-Midwest Region … Leipsic has qualified for the Ohio Division VII state playoffs seven consecutive years under the leadership of, first, Joe Kirkendall and then Andy Mangas, and Cupp is a big part of the team’s successes, earning first-team Associated Press Division VII all-state honors in 2015 and second-team AP all-state accolades in 2014 … he was also all-Blanchard Valley Conference both years … started developing a reputation as a sophomore when he earned his initial first-team all-conference honor and added all-Northwest District recognition that year as well … in baseball, he earned all-BVC honors as a sophomore in 2014 after hitting .381 … is the son of Gwen and Keith Cupp.
Defensive Back / 5-11, 187
Norfolk, Va. / Lake Taylor
Wayne Davis is the state of Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year (for athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character), its Associated Press player of the year and a consensus 4-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … he is considered among the Top 25 cornerbacks in the nation by Scout (No. 22) and Rivals (No. 25) with Top 40 status by 247Sports and ESPN … selected first-team 4A all-state as both a defensive back and a receiver as a senior, Davis had 43 tackles and seven interceptions — five of which he returned for touchdowns — on defense and 41 receptions for 731 yards and six touchdowns on offense … after winning the Virginia 4A state title (14-1) in 2014, Davis and Lake Taylor, coached by Hank Sawyer, missed out on a repeat title in 2015 by losing to Salem, 17-14, in two overtimes in the championship game, snapping Lake Taylor’s 29-game winning streak in the process … Davis had five interceptions and broke up 22 passes, plus caught 31 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns, as a junior and earned all-state honors … former teammate of current Buckeye defensive end Jalyn Holmes at Lake Taylor … is the son of Takecia Taylor and Corry Cartwright.
Tight End / 6-6, 244
Perry, Ohio / Perry
Luke Farrell is a consensus 4-star tight end prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports) and one of the top players at his position in the country with ESPN ranking him No. 6 at TE-Y and 247Sports and Rivals ranking him No. 7 … Farrell has some impressive overall rankings as well, with a No. 163 position on the ESPN 300 and a No. 224 spot on the Rivals 250 … Scout rates him at No. 229 … a Prepstar All-American … he is also considered the eighth-best senior prospect in the state of Ohio … Farrell was a second-team Division IV Associated Press all-state selection in 2015 and also a second-team all-USA Ohio selection by USA Today after catching 33 passes for 446 yards for a 10-2, state-qualifying team … he had 43 receptions for 730 yards and six touchdowns as a junior for Perry, a state qualifying team with a 6-4 overall record and coached by Matt Rosati … Farrell is also a four-year varsity letterman for Perry’s basketball team … he is the son of Kelly and Matt Farrell … has an older brother, Nolan, who is a current student at Ohio State, and a sister, Celeste.
Cornerback / 5-11, 165
Baltimore, Md. / Franklin & St. Frances Academy
Kareem Felder is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the East — he’s ranked the No. 6 cornerback in the East by Scout and No. 2 in the state of Maryland — who was a first-team all-state (Big school; 4A/3A) and all-metro (Baltimore) performer in his one season of football for Franklin High School and coach Anthony Burgos … likes Ohio State because “they play a lot of man-to-man with their corners, it seems like 90 percent of the time,” according to his quote in the Columbus Dispatch … Felder’s outstanding senior season statistically included four interceptions, seven pass deflections and 91 tackles for a 10-2 Franklin team that advanced to the second round of the state playoffs … named all-Atlantic Region by Prepstar and to the USA Today all-USA Maryland second team … played for St. Frances Academy in Reisterstown, Md., prior to transferring to Franklin … earned honorable mention all-state and all-conference accolades as a junior … competed in the Jan. 1 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and was one of the first five players chosen to the Maryland roster for the Big 33 game vs. Pennsylvania June 18 in Hersheypark, Pa. … is the son of Talita Avery.
Offensive Line / 6-5, 330
Portsmouth, Ohio/ Sciotoville East & IMG Academy
Tyler Gerald played football (and basketball) for Sciotoville East, a Division VII school near Portsmouth and coached by Todd Gilliland, through his junior season and then transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to play football against a Florida-elite level of competition as a senior … his IMG team went 9-0 under coach Kevin Wright, although an injury limited Gerald to six games … he is a consensus 4-star prospect (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN) and is rated among the Top 10 offensive guard prospects in the nation by ESPN (No. 6), 247Sports (No. 8) and Scout (No. 9) … he is listed as the top guard prospect out of Florida by Scout … also ranked among the Top 25 prospects out of Florida by 247Sports (No. 25) … a member of the ESPN 300 (No. 116) … the No. 109 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … was invited to the Under Armour All-American game … earned all-district honors while playing for East … enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016.
Athlete / 6-4, 215
Columbus, Ohio / Walnut Ridge
Malik Harrison, who announced his decision to attend Ohio State on national signing day, was a three-year starting quarterback for coach Byron Mattox at Walnut Ridge High School … he played strong safety on defense and punted as well in high school, and his coach confirmed in published accounts that college recruiters viewed the talented Harrison capable of playing a number of positions, including as a wide receiver, tight end, strong safety, linebacker and even as a defensive end … he is ranked by Rivals as the No. 44 athlete nationally and the No. 23 overall player in Ohio … Scout lists Harrison as the No. 2 athlete in Ohio and No. 6 in the Midwest … he is coming off a senior year in which he passed for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 897 yards and 15 scores … he also had 40 tackles, including five quarterback sacks, and was named third-team Associated Press Division II all-state and all-Central District … in 2014 he passed for 1,100 yards, rushed for 1,087 and had 15 rushing touchdowns and seven passing … helped Walnut Ridge to its first basketball state tournament since 1971 in 2014-15 by averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for a 21-4 team …was honorable mention all-state in basketball and second-team all-Central District … Harrison is the son of Donetta and Charles Harrison.
Quarterback / 6-3, 204
Potomac, Md. / Bullis School
Consensus 4-star prospect Dwayne Haskins (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) is highly regarded as a pure passer and a leader … the first-team consensus all-Maryland quarterback, who completed 170 of 286 passes this past year for 2,217 yards and 20 touchdowns, is rated among the Top 5 pro-style quarterbacks in this class, with ESPN ranking him No. 4 and Rivals No. 5 with 247Sports giving him its No. 7 rating … he is also listed among the Top 100 players overall, with ESPN listing him at No. 63 on its ESPN 300, 247Sports ranking him No. 87 and Rivals No. 100 on its Rivals 100 … the No. 122 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … earned Washington Post all-metro honors and Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) player of the year honors as a senior … Haskins helped Bullis, coached by Pat Cilento, to consecutive IAC titles as a sophomore and junior … he threw for 1,963 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior and was named the Maryland Gatorade player of the year … career-wise, he threw for 5,308 yards and 54 touchdowns … named to the Under Armour All-American game … Haskins is originally from New Jersey, but moved to Maryland in the ninth grade … he is the son of Tamara and Dwayne Haskins Sr.
Jake Hausmann (HOUSE-min)
Tight End / 6-5, 240
Cincinnati / Archbishop Moeller
Jake Hausmann is considered one of the Top 5 tight ends in this recruiting class and he is a consensus 4-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … both Rivals and 247Sports rated Hausmann No. 4 among tight ends with ESPN and Scout ranking him No. 5 … he is a Top 100 prospect on the Rivals 100 (No. 71) with 247Sports ranking him No. 120 overall and Scout No. 147 … the No. 47 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … he accumulated career totals of 95 receptions for 1,349 yards and 17 touchdowns, was second in the Greater Catholic League in receptions in both 2014 and 2015 and was first-team Division I all-state in 2015 as a senior with special mention all-state honors as a junior … played on state champion team in 2013 as a sophomore … caught 50 passes for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, including huge games of 13 receptions vs. the Canada Prep Academy and 11 receptions vs. Don Bosco Prep … coached by John Rodenberg … attended The Opening in the summer of 2015 and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American bowl following his senior season … his parents — Vicky and Pete Hausmann — each attended Ohio State … has a sister, Madeleine, who is a current Ohio State student and a younger sister, Kirsten.
Kierre Hawkins (KEY-air)
Tight End / 6-4, 225
Maple Heights, Ohio / Senior
Kierre Hawkins was the first of Ohio State’s three tight ends in this recruiting class to commit, doing so in October of 2014 … he is a consensus 4-star prospect (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN) who has experience at running back, wildcat quarterback, receiver, and on defense for coach Devlin Culliver’s Maple Heights teams … he is rated as high as the No. 11 tight end prospect in this class by both 247Sports and Rivals and ESPN ranks him as a Top 30 athlete … he is the No. 3 tight end in the Midwest according to Scout and the No. 12 player in the Ohio senior class, according to 247Sports … was also named all-Midwest Region by Prepstar … Hawkins received third-team Associated Press Division I all-state honors as a senior when he helped his team to a 7-3 overall mark … this coming after he helped his school to the state playoffs as a junior in 2014 when he scored 14 touchdowns and rushed for 803 yards … Hawkins is the son of Connie & Sterlie Jones, and Wilbur & Kelly Hawkins.
Keandre Jones (KEY-on-dray)
Linebacker / 6-3, 205
Olney, Md. / Good Counsel
Two-time all-Maryland and Washington Post all-metro team member Keandre Jones is a 5-star prospect according to Rivals with ESPN, Scout and 247Sports all rating him a 4-star prospect … regardless of 5 or 4 status, Jones is outstanding … he is a Top 10 outside linebacker recruit nationally with ESPN ranking him No. 3, Rivals No. 6 and 247Sports No. 8 … he is also considered among the Top 30 players in the nation overall by both ESPN (No. 28 overall on the ESPN 300) and Rivals (No. 30 on the Rivals 100) … a member of the Prepstar Dream Team … Jones helped coach Bob Milloy and his Good Counsel team to a 7-4 season in 2015 by recording 119 tackles, four quarterback sacks and two interceptions — both returned for touchdowns — and repeated as a consensus all-state pick … totaled 77 tackles as a junior with nine sacks for a 10-2 team that was runner-up in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference … named to the USA Today all-Maryland football team and an Under Armour All-American after senior season … is the son of Lauren Middleton.
Offensive Line / 6-7, 316
Canton, Mich. / Plymouth
Michael Jordan was an Associated Press Division 1-2 Michigan all-state pick, a first-team Detroit Free Press all-state selection and a member of the Free Press “dream team” offense after a senior campaign in which he averaged six pancake blocks per game — according to published reports — and did not allow a sack … playing for coach Mike Sawchuck, Jordan is a consensus 4-star prospect (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN) with Top 20 offensive tackle rankings nationally by Rivals (No. 6), Scout (No. 11) and ESPN (No. 16) … Jordan was the No. 1 offensive linemen in Michigan as a senior and among the Top 5 players in the state by both Rivals (No. 3) and 247Sports (No. 3) … the No. 103 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … he was named to the All-USA Today second-team offense as a senior and was ranked, overall, No. 99 on the Rivals 100, No. 142 by Scout and No. 146 on the ESPN 300 … helped Plymouth to consecutive state playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015 … also wrestled and competed in track and field … enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016 … is the son of Jacquie and Michael Jordan Sr.
Wide Receiver / 6-2, 210
Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Luers
Austin Mack, who enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016, is a consensus 4-star (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN) prospect who can run, catch and return kicks … he scored 49 career touchdowns, including six on kickoff returns, and had 2,672 career receiving yards off 167 receptions with 24 touchdowns … he gained 718 yards rushing as a senior when injuries forced him into action as a back … still caught 41 passes for 805 yards in 2015 and helped the Knights, coached by Kyle Lindsay, to the third round of the Indiana state playoffs … averaged 35.0 yards per kickoff return and 17.0 yards per punt return … was runner-up for Indiana Mr. Football but earned the Fort Wayne News Sentinel’s player of the year award and was first-team Associated Press All-State (3A) as a senior … had a breakout junior season when he caught 69 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 touchdowns … is listed among the Top 10 receiver prospects nationally by Scout (No. 6) and 247Sports (No. 10) … a Top 100 player nationally with a No. 48 ranking by Scout and a No. 96 ranking on the Rivals 100 … also listed on the ESPN 300 at No. 210 … the No. 1 receiver in the Midwest per Scout … invited to the Army All-American Bowl … competed at The Opening in July, 2015 in Beaverton, Ore.
Running Back/Receiver / 5-11, 180
North Ridgeville, Ohio / North Ridgeville
Two-time Associated Press all-state running back Demario McCall is a consensus 4-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) who is highly regarded nationally as a running back and athlete … ESPN rates McCall as the No. 2 running back in this recruiting class with 247Sports and Rivals ranking him as their respective No. 2 all-purpose backs … overall, he is ranked No. 38 on the ESPN 300, No. 44 by 247Sports and No. 66 on the Rivals 100 … the No. 34 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … missed four games due to injury as a senior, but still managed to rush for 621 yards and score nine touchdowns, including scores on runs of 45, 54, 57, 66, 67 and 76 yards … named first-team all-state as a junior in 2014 after a 2,302-yard rushing season with 35 touchdowns … included was a 433-yard-6-touchdown game vs. Elyria Catholic … helped coach Luke Durbin and North Ridgeville High to its first state playoff appearance since 2009 in 2014 … had 1,562 yards rushing with 25 touchdowns as a sophomore and was named third-team all-state … finished with 4,519 career rushing yards and 69 touchdowns, including 94- and 90-yard TDs … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January … is the son of Rhonda Young and Jermaine Bennett.
Malcolm Pridgeon (PRIH-jin)
Offensive Lineman / 6-8, 325
Central Islip, N.Y. / Nassau C.C.
Malcolm Pridgeon is only the third junior college prospect to sign a national letter of intent with Ohio State in the last 10 years and the second by coach Urban Meyer, after receiver Corey Smith in 2013 … he announced his decision to attend Ohio State on national signing day and thus became the fifth offensive lineman for Ohio State in the class … Pridgeon played two seasons at Nassau Community College, in Garden City, N.Y., under coach Joe Osovet after a high school career at Central Islip (N.Y.) High … he is considered the top junior college offensive tackle in the nation, by JuCo Football Scouting … he has a 5-star ranking from Scout and 4-star rankings by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports … he is listed as the No. 3 junior college offensive tackle by both 247Sports and ESPN and he is rated among the Top 5 players overall, including No. 4 by Scout, No 5 by 247Sports and No. 5 on the ESPN JC50 … a two-year all-Northeast Football Conference performer at Nassau, Pridgeon was a first-team NJCAA All-American this past season … he helped Nassau to a 10-0 season in 2014 with the team finishing sixth nationally and defeating Scottsdale JuCo in the Valley of the Sun Bowl game … he was second team-all New York state as a senior at Central Islip H.S. and was rated as a 4-star prospect … he played for coach Joe Taormina … agile and athletic, he was a fine high school basketball player and made the 2014 Class AA all state-tournament team … also competed in track and field … Pridgeon is the son of Peggy White and the late James Earl Pridgeon.
Binjimen Victor (Ben-juh-min)
Wide Receiver / 6-4, 173
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Coconut Creek
U.S. Army All-American bowl participant and consensus 4-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) Binjimen Victor committed to Ohio State on Jan. 18 and within hours two more consensus 4-star prospects — LB Keandre Jones and QB Dwayne Haskins — committed as well to give the Buckeyes a “Big Monday” unlike any other … Victor, who was highly sought after, caught 42 passes for 846 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior at Coconut Creek High School for coach Kareem Reid and was named second-team Class 5A all-state and first-team all-Broward County … he had 44 receptions for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior … he is considered a Top 15 receiver prospect nationally, with Scout ranking him No. 10, 247Sports No. 12 with Rivals ranking him at No. 18 … overall, he is a Top 100 prospect with national rankings of Nos. 66, 91 and 99 by Scout, Rivals and 247Sports, respectively … the No.88 player overall by Prepstar and a member of its Dream Team … he is also considered the No. 2 receiver from Florida by Scout and the No. 15 player in the talent-rich state overall by Rivals … Victor competed at The Opening in July, 2015 in Beaverton, Ore. … he is the son of Yolette Stepha.
Running Back / 5-11, 215
New London, N.C. / North Stanly
Consensus 4-star prospect (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN) Antonio Williams is coming off a prep career in which he gained 7,999 yards rushing and averaged 178.8 yards per game for his career with 81 touchdowns scored … had 50 combined touchdowns as a junior and senior … he had three consecutive 2,000-yard seasons (2,150 as a senior; 2,267 as a junior; and 2,170 as a sophomore) and he had at least one 80-plus yard run in all four years on the varsity team … averaged 238.9 yards rushing as a senior when he helped coach Scott Crisco’s Comets to an 804 season … Williams climbed into the No. 3 running back ranking nationally by Rivals in its last rating and he also was rated No. 7 by 247Sports with ESPN ranking him in its Top 10 (No. 9) … ranked nationally as high as No. 128 by Rivals and is No. 148 on the ESPN 300 and No. 168 by 247Sports … among the Top 10 players in the state of North Carolina … enrolled in classes at Ohio State in January 2016.
Jahsen Wint (Jay-son)
Safety / 5-11, 186
Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall
Jahsen Wint, a receiver/linebacker at Erasmus Hall and coached by Danny Landberg, projects as a safety for the Buckeyes … a 4-star prospect (ESPN), Wint comes from the same school as current Buckeye Curtis Samuel … an all-NYSSWA Class AA linebacker as a senior, Wint was rated as high as the No. 1 athlete in New York state by ESPN and the No. 1 safety prospect by Scout … he also earned the No. 21 athlete ranking nationally by ESPN … overall, he was selected as the No. 7 player in the state by Rivals … Wint helped the Dutchmen to consecutive Public School Athletic League championship games … was named to the all-USA New York team by USA Today … also competed in track and field (middle distance sprints and long jump) … Wint is the oldest of five children … Mom is Claudette Ramos and he is also extremely close to an aunt, Diana Wint.
Jack Wohlabaugh (WOLE-uh-bah)
Offensive Lineman / 6-4, 285
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit
Jack Wohlabaugh is a 4-star prospect by Rivals who was a three-year starting offensive lineman for coaches Gerry Rardin and Scott Beigie at Walsh Jesuit High School … Wohlabaugh moved to center after the second game of his senior season because of an injury to a teammate, and that’s the position he is expected to play as a Buckeye … rated as high as the No. 4 center prospect nationally by Scout and as high as the No. 12 player in Ohio by Rivals … he was almost destined to play center, with his father, Dave, having played the position for nine years in the NFL, including a Super Bowl season in 1997 with New England and four seasons with the Cleveland Browns … Wohlabaugh was a first-team Division II Associated Press all-state selection in 2015 and a member of the all-USA Ohio football team, as selected by USA Today … he helped the Warriors to the Division II state playoffs as a junior in 2014 … credits his flexibility and footwork to playing hockey through his sophomore season … he does come from a family of athletes: his Mother, Virginia, played field hockey at Syracuse while his dad played football for the Orange … older brother, Evan, is a hockey captain for St. Bonaventure’s club team and he also has a younger brother, David.