Donovan Munger Makes 19

By Alex on December 9, 2012 at 2:00p

Urban Meyer has struck gold once again, this time in the form of a commitment from Shaker Heights product, Donovan Munger, who gave the OSU boss a verbal pledge following his official visit to Columbus over the weekend.

Munger, a 6-4/285 two-way lineman, is primarily being recruited as a defensive tackle. He is rated as a composite four-star prospect by recruiting services and chose the Buckeyes over offers from top programs such as UCLA, Georgia, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, Auburn, and Tennessee, among others.

Considered a defensive tackle right now, Munger becomes the fifth true defensive lineman in this class, joining Joey Bosa, Billy Price, Michael Hill, and Tracy Sprinkle. While he can certainly have a talented career at that position, it wouldn't completely shock me to see him eventually move to offensive guard somewhere down the road, as his film on that side of the ball is very impressive as well.

Nonetheless this is another solid pickup for Urban Meyer and the coaching staff, as they march closer to landing one of the top recruiting classes in the nation for 2013. Stay tuned for up-to-date news from 11W, as we keep you posted on the latest buzz in the recruiting world.




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We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Boom777's picture

Do people have to down vote everything 

Wherever you are, there you be!

Phillips.449's picture

I saw that and wish I had the ability to up-vote out of spite!

DMcDougal24's picture

Welcome to the family Donovan. Urban loves those bigs

703Buckeye's picture

Great d-line class. Donovan will represent Shaker Heights well in Scarlet & Gray!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

703Buckeye's picture

Just rewatched his film. I don't care which side of the field Donovan plays on, I just want him out there.
I love the clip against Brush at the 3 min mark, drives an Arc player 30 some yards into the endzone completely away from the play. Doing his best "Blind Side" impression.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

bostonbuckeye's picture

GRAY BOX!!! This defense in 2-3 years is going to be sickening.  Back to when opposing teams were averaging less than 10 points a game.

kmp10's picture

Think its very good news for the Buckeyes... but Rivals has Munger rated a 3 star recruit. Was he a 4 star??? You mentioned in the gray box that "He is rated as a four star star prospect by all recruiting services". Just curious when he lost the 4th star at Rivals and why?  Thanks...

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Why would someone downvote KMP10's comment/question? My upvote for KMP10 to even that out.

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UrbzRenewal's picture

Edit: I misinterpretted his question. I don't think he was ever a four star at Rivals, it may just be a typo.

BuckeyeVet's picture

A fair answer.

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rdubs's picture

Went from everyone being worried that he hadn't arrived to him committing.  Glad to have him.  Now it is time for some playmakers and linebackers.

Hayze's picture

Love the gray boxes.
Was thinking Munger might not get into the class because of numbers.
Guess there will be even more openings and we will take at least 24 now.

harleymanjax's picture

Alot of D-Line commits, after watching his film I would put him on the O-Line, dude serves up more pancakes than IHOP!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Ohio State Ombre's picture

huge pickup, great to see him join the class. definitely seems like we need more help on the o-line, would probaby expect him to split time for a while

JakeBuckeye's picture

So, if we only take 3 more commits, who are they? Mitchell, Bell, Gibson? I'm not huge on recruiting knowledge, so go easy on me!

johnblairgobucks's picture

I'm kind of clueless as well, but as far as the numbers game goes, we may need to see some unfortunate gray boxes of transfers/program dropouts, in order to get more gray boxes of commits.

703Buckeye's picture

It looks like 5 more will be taken.
T. Johnson

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

If this happens then it will complete the most dominant start to a coaching career at OSU ever. Urban has EXPLODED on to the scene at OSU, he has done it before but not to this degree.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Hayze's picture

Right now I would replace Quick with Bell on your list as far as what I think will happend.
I do hope we get both though.
Also, don't sleep on Corn Elder. I think the staff still wants 2 more WRs so if we strike out on Quick I think Elder comes to OSU.

FROMTHE18's picture

Agree with the Elder for Quick possibility

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

That haul would not make me the least bit sad.

"The revolution will be televised."

Urbstache's picture

I'd love to see him end up at guard, we could use a good body there to add some depth.

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DaiTheFlu's picture

I'm relatively new here, but what does "gray box" mean? I see that phrase mentioned a lot around here!

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Welcome my friend. Grey box is a feature that lets us readers know something important has happened. could be good or bad. Mostly we look forward to commitment grey boxes, but it also means site news or big time stories involving OSU or the B1G.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Gray boxes indicate verbal commitments. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

A gray box basically means big "breaking news," which can be good or bad. So, yes, the good gray box items are often verbal commitments, but they might also signal a de-commitment :(. 
Gray boxes might also appear for other good news items like national signing day fax reports, new coaching hires, etc. Unfortunately, during the Tagate/Jobgate days, there was a few month period when it seemed like all the gray boxes were bad news.  

Maestro's picture

Gray boxes really sucked for a while.

vacuuming sucks

Torpedo Vegas's picture

It's used for any kind of breaking news. The gray box can be a cruel mistress.

UrbanCulture's picture

right now it usually means someone committed

BuckeyeVet's picture

@DAITHFLU - The gray box is how 11W highlights the announcement of a new event (like getting Munger). It can be good or bad news, as I refer to it as "The Gray Box of Happiness" or "The Gray Box of Misery". Welcome to 11W! 

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KillerNut's picture

I get scared every time I see a gray box

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Triv's picture

Few things I noticed about him in his Offensive tape (I think he ends up at OG):
He definitely plays with a mean streak on the OL, love that
Not a lot of pass blocking on his tape, but appears to have decent footwork
Might need a little work on his hands, seemed to get outside a little bit. Saw a few holds on his tape
All in all I think it's a great pickup! Welcome to the famly Donovan

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

dubjayfootball90's picture

yea buddy, just did a lil dance

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HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Kid has a great offer sheet. Most of the top programs in the country were after Munger. Also love seeing the top Ohio talent stay in Ohio!

dancorona5's picture

I love that in all the forum topics about who will complete the class (and there were a lot of them) I'd say only about 5% had Munger on their list. Not saying I love when people are wrong...but I do.  I never had him in this class on any of those forums mainly because I never participated in those discussions.  I love that he is a part of the class, especially being an Ohio guy. Go Bucks!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, I didn't ever include him. From what I was hearing about him, it was sounding like he was gonna be headed elsewhere. I really didn't think he was gonna commit to the good guys. I wanted him to, but I had my doubts. Needless to say though, I'm pumped to have him.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Watching Munger's video, I almost felt bad for the kids who lined up across from him. He looks a bit bigger than 285 lbs, but he has good feet.  

bukyze's picture

I too think he will end up on the offensive side of the ball.  Would love to get Quick in this class as well (though I'm not too optimistic with Strong deciding to stay).  Great to have Donovan, though.  Look forward to some more gray boxes in the near future !!!

btalbert25's picture

If Quick goes to Louisville, it had nothing to do with Strong.  He was always going to go there if that's where he does indeed end up. 

Jhesse17's picture

Impressive highlights. Can't wait to see our D line in a few years. WOW.

Citrus's picture

I know that the bullets are losing a bunch of starters but - wow do these young guys have a chance to be something special.

LouGroza's picture

Thought I would check in to see if we had a commitment from Mike Mitchell and we have snagged Mr. Munger. Nice surprise. Welcome aboard Donovan.

ColoradoBuckeye74's picture

Sweet, keep them coming boys!  Next stop, World Domination!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Lets recap:

Braxton wins BigTen POY
Ed Warinner wins OL COTY
Roby named an All-American
St. John Arena celebration
Gareon Conley & Donovan Munger commit
Buckeye basketball win

Can these last 3 days get any better for Buckeye nation?

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Don't forget OSUFORLIFE left the forum!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Love those recruiting grey boxes!!! Welcome aboard the destroyer SS URBAN!!!

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iball's picture

If Nick Saban doesnt want him, Im not impressed. Sorry thats just the way it is.

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Triv's picture

Sarcasm im hoping?

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

johnblairgobucks's picture

ha!  remember a QB prospect that Saban wanted a few years ago.  The QB stayed in his home State and was a true Sophomore this year.  That QB led his team to a 12-0 record.  He also had almost 2,100 yards passing w/ 15 tds and 6 ints, plus almost 1,300 yards rushing w/ 13 tds............ that guy didn't impress the Heisman voters.

J.Mo's picture

Deep elite defensive lines wins championships!

old_rasputin's picture

They are also a staple of all of Meyer's teams.  And he wins championships. 

"We hate to lose, but when we do, rest assured we'll be back, and someone will pay the price." Coach Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

2 for 2 so far this weekend. I'm going to go ahead and wish for #20 tomorrow. Not going to name names like I have so far but feelin good about my wishes coming true. So far, #18 wish waited about 2 hours before it came true. #19 waited about 5 hours. 
I think I need to go get a lottery ticket! but I'll accept #20 tomorrow!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

bukyze's picture

If we get #20 tomorrow (Mitchell?), you will be quite worthy of 'master'.

buckeye76BHop's picture

I love gray boxes!

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Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

ODEEZ330's picture

our dline will be awesome in a few yrs. hill munger price deisel schutt in the middle. spence bosa pittman sprinkle lewis on the outside. wow unreal 10 man rotation

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Triv's picture

Diesel is Washingtons nickname

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

avail31678's picture

Ahh, didn't even see Diesel.  Thanks!

zbd's picture

Who can play linebacker?  Spielman is too old.

BoFuquel's picture

The Urb plugs The B1G's poor dead butt with another Silver Bullet.This is begining to appear to be corpse abuse.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

According to ESPN Class recruiting rankings, with Conley and Munger jumping aboard we jumped the Wolverqueens and now have the 5th best recruiting class.  tsun #6.

otrain2416's picture

and he's not done yet!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

zbd's picture

DL is fine, but I want linebackes and wide receivers in the worst way.  Maybe Carlos Hyde will need to be switched to linebacker if we don't get some soon.

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

Patience, my friend...when the students are ready, the linebackers will appear...

"The revolution will be televised."

BuckeyeVet's picture

An outstanding D-Line can make an average linebacker look like a world beater. Build our D-Line 1st, at all costs, then the rest will fall into place.

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Maestro's picture

Good point, and there is some talent at LB for sure.

vacuuming sucks

gobucks96's picture

A good secondary will that as well... just sayin'

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Good stuff.  Welcome aboard Munger!

Class of 2010.

Rapping Bum's picture

Love it.

Help is on the way.

KillerNut's picture

Anybody beginning to wonder what the situation at tight end will look like in a few years? UFM tends to use an elite tight end and unless I'm missing something we don't have that guy. Also, do we have a legit center of the future? Few odd questions I know but I would like to hear from somebody more in the know than I.

William's picture

Meyer has said that Jacoby Boren looks to be a good player at center. Also, we have Vannett and Heuerman at tight end. We're perfectly fine there, and with Baugh coming in, we'll be set there for quite some time. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Marcus Baugh is a legit TE! Trust us, the elite TE is coming next year.
Everything that has been said about BabyBoren is that he could have started this year. Linsley was really good this year for a first year starter. At the end he started to screw up with high snaps but throughout most of the year he was a road block for Braxton and Hyde. It will be a good battle between two very talent players.

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otrain2416's picture

Meyer spoke extremely high of Boren so it sounds like he'll be the next center once Linsley graduates. He also stated our TE were one of the deepest positions we had hence Stoneburners move to WR. With Heuerman gonna be a Jr and Vannett gonna be a RSO. We should be great on this position for the next few years. I would actually be suprised to see Blake Thomas or Baugh get some if any playing time the next few years with those 2 studs ahead of them.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Crimson's picture

Others have already addressed Boren being the future center, but Bobek also transferred, presumably because Boren was already the leader for backup.  Bobek was highly rated when he came.

Ann Arbor Buckeye's picture

I never followed recruiting at OSU before UFM came to town but I must say it is really exciting to watch what this staff is able to do.  I'm not sure if it was like this with Tressel and before but I am extremely impressed with the talent coming in.  These are grown ass men playing grown man football.  Many of these kids are clearly the best player on the field on either team in the highlight videos.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Is it reasonable to assume that either Munger or Price will be on the offensive side of the ball by their sophomore year? I know that Meyer has, for years, been pretty fearless in moving players to where they will perform best and where they are needed most (see Boren, Zachary and Fragel, Reid) and both Price and Munger excel on both sides. I see the Munger pickup then as pretty much certain that Dawson goes elsewhere, but as we still need O-linemen, can we predict if one will fill that need?

buck-I.8's picture

It's expected that one or both will at least be tried out on offense in practice to get a feel for it. I would guess it would be Munger, who's built like a guard and has some impressive OL clips

otrain2416's picture

I would say its safe to assume that. Munger looked like a beast on the Oline in his highlight film. I haven't really heard or seen much about Price. Since were losing all our starters on the Dline (assuming Hankins goes to the draft). I would guess he gives those 2 an opportunity first to earn a starting roll/ spot in the rotation then move them around as needed.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Keep the good ones coming!
Kid is a beast.
Urban assault is reloading for next year.

Look out CFB nation, we're coming FOR YOU!!!