Catching up with Donovan Munger: Friday Night Lights

By Derek Young on August 3, 2012 at 8:00p
Two future teammates?Munger and Bosa worked hard at FNL (photo/

A surprise visitor to some, Donovan Munger made the trek to compete in Ohio State's first Friday Night Lights camp.

A player who stays out of the spotlight, it has been relatively unknown which direction Munger's recruitment has taken, but a trip to the OSU campus shows his interest in the Buckeyes remains high.

Having the ability to play both sides of the line, the Shaker Heights (OH) product had the attention of Coach Vrabel and Coach Meyer throughout the camp.  Munger appears to be high on the Buckeye radar for the class of 2013, but it has been unknown if the coaches prefer him to play on offense or defense.  Munger did don a gray jersey at the camp, however, which was the designated color for defensive players.

Before one-on-one competition started in the 'Shoe this past Friday Night, specific position drills took place.  During the defensive line drills Munger was taken aside by Coach Vrabel, along with commits Joey Bosa and Billy Price, where he received what seemed to be specific and very detailed instruction.  The coach took Munger through a series of techniques and hand positioning before stopping to chat with him for a couple minutes.  

We caught up with Donovan to hear his thoughts on Friday Night Lights, see who stood out to him at the camp, check in on the latest in his recruitment, and more. Keep reading to find out the latest on a potential future Buckeye in Donovan Munger.

What did you think about the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State?

It was a great camp.  I learned some good stuff about my technique and my game that I can bring back to the team.  Coach Vrabel really helped me to expand my game.  He is just someone to sit back and listen to.  He knows the game as well as anyone.  He is a great coach.

Who were some of the top performers in your group? Did anyone give you a tough time during competition?

Joey Bosa and Billy Price were outstanding players.  I'd say Tim Gardner, the new Ohio State commit, was the best offensive lineman I went up against.  He's going to be a great player.

What position has the Ohio State coaching staff told you that they want you to play?

Right now they want me on the defensive line.  That could change though, depending on circumstances.  I can play both and I don't necessarily have a preference for what I would rather play, either.  I just like doing what I can to contribute to a team's success.

Do you have a top list of schools that you are focusing on?

I have a top three. They are, in no order: Ohio State, Michigan State, and Tennessee.  The coaching staffs at all three schools are why they have made my top list.  It's hard not to like who's running those programs.

Have you visited all of those schools?

I've been to Ohio State three times now.  I have been down to see Tennessee once and I have yet to see Michigan State.  I'm not sure if I am taking any other visits, but it is possible.

Do you have a timetable in which you plan to announce where you will go to college?

I have a goal to be committed before my season starts.  It is not set in stone yet and I do not know if I will be ready, but that is what I am shooting for.  We will have to wait and see. 



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buckeyedude's picture

I have a feeling this kid is going to be a Buckeye. Just a gut feeling.



buckeye76BHop's picture

I like the sound of this ;-) He sounds all good guys right now...just wants to take his time.  Fine by me. Thanks Derek!

"I'm not sure if I am taking any other visits, but it is possible."


"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Nappy's picture

This has probably been asked before, but would we take him on O or D?

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

703Buckeye's picture

Munger is quoted in this interview saying he's being recruited on D.

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

Nappy's picture

Thanks.  Apparently I dont retain much of what I read on a Friday night.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

rdubs's picture

This nice thing is that he is versatile enough to play both.  So pending injuries or other depth chart issues he can slide over as needed.

bassplayer7770's picture

Perhaps the departure of Kenny Hayes opens up a scholly for Donovan?

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

His departure gives us 17 open which just gets us closer to the 20-22 mark that everyone thinks we'll end up

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

cinserious's picture

What the eff happened to Kenny Hayes?

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

buckeyedude's picture

Rumor is that he's leaving for health reasons. Migraines specifically.



Derek Young's picture

I think he'll be a Buckeye.

Kaceybrown's picture

Seems like an outstanding kid. Would love for him to b a buckeye but wish him well anyway he chooses. 

FROMTHE18's picture

nice to hear about Gardner...hope thats true.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I've been hoping we'd get this kid, he seems to have the right attitude and love to see another Ohio kid come on board. My understanding is we're actually at 18 spots open (Diggs banked schollie from last year, plus Bobek and Hayes, given the 15 seniors). Not sure if we need another DL this year, but his versatility to play DL or OL you would have to think improves his status w/ the coaching staff. I hope Derek's right, and none of us can predict the next 4-5 players we might get, but I see Munger as the 'swing' guy that we get if everything falls into place. Don't wanna go against him if he ends up at MSU.