A day after the Bucks reeled in their first commitment in the class of 2012, they picked up the 16th member of their recruiting class of 2011. Tight End Nick Vannett of Westerville Central pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation today in a refreshingly low key announcement that featured no press conference, rather just calls to his top schools and e-mails and texts to the media. Vannett chose OSU over offers from Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Iowa, Penn State, Oregon, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and others.
The 6-6/230 Vannett becomes the second tight end to verbal to this class, after Jeff Heuerman did so shortly after the spring game. The two became quite close this past weekend at the Ohio State Senior Advanced Camp, striking up a friendship while participating in various workouts and drills. Vannett is rated the #11 tight end by Scout, the #12 tight end by Rivals, and the #8 tight end by ESPN. He is expected to be the "receiving tight end" out of the two and should fit right into the depth chart behind Jake Stoneburner in that role.
This is a huge pick up for Jim Tressel and closes out the position for this class. With recent departures and the Jamel Turner situation, a class that once looked to be about 22, will now probably number about 25. Ron Tanner announces his decision on Friday and it is very likely he will be number 17 in this class, so look for about 8 more players to come on board in the next 6 months or so. The recruiting ball keeps rolling for Ohio State and we'll keep you updated along the ride.