Olentangy High School junior-to-be, Josh Perry, just committed to Ohio State ($), giving Jim Tressel his first verbal for the class of 2012. Perry is a 6-3/220 linebacker who earned an OSU offer after a very impressive camp this past weekend and never hid his desire to play for the Scarlet and Gray one day.
Word on the street is that, in Perry, the Buckeyes landed a prospect who may be even more desired for his off the field make up as he is for his on the field play. He sports a reported 3.8 GPA and comes from a good family background, which makes him the perfect Jim Tressel recruit. There aren't many prospects that could have been a better fit to be the first member in this class and Buckeye fans should be elated to have Perry on board so soon.
With 15 players committed in the 2011 class, it's now that time of the year where recruiting the next class will overlap with this year's efforts. Besides Perry, some top prospects in the 2012 class that hold the Buckeyes in high esteem are running backs Warren Ball, Brionte Dunn, and Keith Byars II, offensive linemen Taylor Decker, Anthony Stanko, and Kyle Kalis, defensive linemen Chris Wormley, Greg McMullen, Se'Von Pittman, and LaTroy Lewis, linebackers Deaysean Rippy, Kaleb Ringer, and Adolphus Washington, and defensive back Bam Bradley. The class of 2012 is following in the footsteps of the great class of 2011 and it will be interesting to see who comes on board next.