Munger Games: Buckeyes Land Coveted In-State Defensive Tackle
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Shaker Heights defensive tackle Donovan Munger (6-4 290) took his official visit to Ohio State this weekend and ended up offering his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes.
Long-rumored to be a Buckeye lean, Munger flirted with UCLA for a while, even taking an official visit a few weeks ago. Along with OSU and UCLA, he also had offers from Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State.
Scout and ESPN both rank Munger as the 24th-best defensive tackle in the nation. 247Sports likes him a bit better, ranking him #18 in the nation. All three services see him as a four-star prospect. Rivals rates Munger as a three-star recruit, and the 38th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation. They also have him as the 29th-ranked prospect in the state of Ohio.
Munger, who was a second-team Division I All-Ohio selection as an offensive lineman, could also flip to the offensive side of the ball if need be, but the plan is to start him out at defensive tackle.
The commitment gives the Buckeyes a 2013 class of 19 at the moment, and Munger is now the third defensive tackle prospect, along with Michael Hill (6-3 315) out of Pendleton, South Carolina, and Billy Price (6-4 280) from Austintown Fitch in Youngstown.
They join three other defensive line commitments Joey Bosa (6-5 270), Tracy Sprinkle (6-5 268), and Tyquan Lewis (6-3 225), and given the size already of Bosa and Sprinkle, it would not be a shock to see either of them outgrow defensive end.
There is still likely room in this class for four or five more, give or take. The Buckeyes have a pair of receivers in their sights, with Cleveland's Shelton Gibson (6-1 175) and Louisville's James Quick (6-1 180). They would still like to land an offensive tackle, as they only have one in the class right now in Centerville's Evan Lisle (6-6 265).
Defensively, Ohio State appears close to locking down linebackers Mike Mitchell (6-4 216) out of Plano, Texas and Trey Johnson (6-1 222) out of Georgia. Johnson is scheduled to take his official visit to Florida this weekend, however the Gators just landed a commitment from Matt Rolin, who is the fourth linebacker in their 2013 class.
They are still also actively looking for a safety, most notably Vonn Bell (6-1 190), a five-star prospect out of Georgia.
John McCallister of MSROhio.com's take on Munger: "Have watched him for three years and he keeps getting better. Athletic. Bends well. Strong hands. Excellent punch. Good feet. Could be a college player on either side of ball. One of the best OL/DL guys in the Ohio class of 2013."
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