Dylan Thompson is #5 for 2014

By Derek Young on March 23, 2013 at 1:00p

Dylan Thompson commited to Ohio State on Saturday

Many Chicago area targets have emerged on the Buckeyes' coaching staff's radar for the 2014 class and the first one has dropped. Montini Catholic's DL Dylan Thompson announced today that he will play his college football in Columbus.

Thompson pledged to the Scarlet and Gray while on his first visit to campus this weekend. His first looks at the university were enough to convince him it should be his home for his college years.

He was offered by Ohio State on February 7 and told me that an early commit was possible if he found the perfect situation for himself. He found it on the banks of the Olentangy. 

Thompson, 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at over 270 pounds, picked Ohio State over 10 other offers that included Ole Miss, Clemson, Illinois, Indiana, USC, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Tennessee, Purdue, and Missouri.

The addition of Thompson could give the Buckeyes a leg up in the recruitment of two of their top targets, LB Clifton Garrett and OT Jamarco Jones. The three both work out for and represent the Core 6 Athletes organization in the Chicago area that assists kids in talent progression and obtaining exposure from college programs. All three performed in the Core 6 Showcase in Cincinnati. The next time the trio is in Ohio together it could be a permanent arrangement.

Keep an eye out in the coming days as we connect with the future Buckeye.

You can follow Dylan on Twitter at @BRONCODE59.

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Grant Edgell's picture

Well hello there, little gray box.

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

740's picture

5 greatest rappers of all time: dylan.....dylan.....dylan-dylan-dylan

d1145fresh's picture

Planting the Flag at the Core 6 headquarters. 

BuckeyeLawyer's picture

I think that is as important as the commitment itself.

Urbstache's picture

Very nice addition to this weekend

Urban Warfare

Nick's picture

wow great news I was so locked into the ncaa tournament this past week I forgot about all the visitors coming this month. 

Urbstache's picture

Good size, good offers. What a d line...

Urban Warfare

toad1204's picture

Awesome speed off the line and is relentless getting to the ball.  Great get.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

buckguyfan1's picture

Blue Collar Bull Dog...  Should fit in well

740buckeye's picture

Hopefully this sparks another tide of commitments, Kyle Berger come on down!

Knarcisi's picture

The highlights honestly don't wow me, but looks like a big time 4-6 second guy.  We wouldn't be accepting offers if we didn't want him. Welcome, Buckeye!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Nice! What specific position does this guy project at? DT?

nmaxwell's picture

i didn't know who he was so i looked at his profile on ESPN, he's already listed at 270.  being in high school, a bit of that is probably bad weight.  once he loses that in osu's strength program, and bulks up, he could probably be DT or possibly SDE.  not big enough for nose

Buckeyejason's picture

I can tell you by looking at pics and video..his 270 isn't bad weight at all..arms/shoulders even have some definition in a video interview that I watched.


ATXbucknut's picture

What a weekend this is shaping up to be for Ohio State! Dylan with Urb.

CC's picture

He is a large man. Look at the size of his hands.

buckeyedude's picture

Just looking at this pic, he doesn't seem to have much "bad weight" to me.



ODEEZ330's picture

Damn I called this in the quick bits the other day . Glad to have him.

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buckguyfan1's picture

He definitely needs some work, but I see a little "mean streak" in his videos that I love in Buckeye D-lineman. 

nmaxwell's picture

and thanks to the recent recruiting classes, he'll have plenty of time to get that work in before he's needed, which is great.  having too much talent and depth on the D line is a great problem to have

Jangs78's picture

O Gray Box how I love thee!

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Can only imagine the joy that kids like Dylan feel when they visit here for the first time. To walk into that setting, feel the energy, taste the juice, and glimpse their future. What an awesome moment for this kid and his family after years of hard work. 

AndyVance's picture

A nice surprise for the first weekend of the roundball tournament. Well played football Bucks, keeping yourself on the front page during the tourney :)

buck-I.8's picture

I just saw this kid walking down Neil with his (I presume) parents, and he is a man child. Looks like he's 35.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

For people that actually follow recruiting closely, how big of a get is this?

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I don't think it's a huge " get" per-say due to the fact he is a 3 star guy and was expected to commit to us anyway. With that said, Urban has said that you win national championships with the D-Line so if Urban wants Thompson, then to me that's all I need. I think the kid is gonna be a stud. 

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DetroitBuckeye's picture

So kind of a sleeper 3 star guy than, thanks.  Hopefully he will work out and be successful, I like that Urban is continuing to recruit key big ten areas hard.

Nick's picture

Hankins was a 3* recruit too :D

Basso Profondo's picture

I would say it is strategically big because of his involvement in this "Core 6" program, putting him close to Jones and Garrett.

Basso Profondo's picture

Always good news when another person decides to join the Buckeye nation.
To those who have followed recruiting for a few cycles: Thompson is rated a high three-star on 247.  If he got the offer he clearly has a great ceiling, how much can we expect him to develop in his senior year? Any possible ratings increases? He seems to have great lateral movement, ball awareness, and can hunt people down.  But there is still a raw aspect to his film, more dominance seems to be needed.  Is he in for a huge senior year and a very bright future? Or do these guys usually stay on the high three star end?

The 614's picture

Welcome to Columbus Mr. Thompson. 

"Anyone can run the option.  I can run the option."

-Urban Meyer-

3technique's picture

He plays high but has a nice motor. I think his stock will rise with a dominant senior year... You can not have enough talented dlinemen..

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family Dylan!  Glad to have you as a part of the recuriting class!!

SonOfBuckeye's picture

Defensive lineman Dylan Thompson flexes after flipping a 750 pound tire three times

I broke my back just reading that.

b_pbucksfans's picture

Thompson, 6-5 1/2, 280, 4.83 seconds in the 40 yard dash. Strength isn't an issues for Thompson, who reports a 405 pound bench press, 585 squat, 585 dead lift and power clean 345. He has also recorded a 31-inch vertical and 4.64 pro-shuttle time.

Pretty impressive numbers for the big man! I think this is a huge get for Urban and the Buckeyes. With Core 6 on the rise, Its nice to have a door open into their group. Bring on Jamarco, Clifton and Nyles!

buckeyedude's picture

A sub-5 second 40 for a d-lineman seems pretty impressive. He might be a raw talent with a lot of potential. Now he can start recruiting for OSU.



buckguyfan1's picture

We got a little stronger today...

DefendOhio's picture

Thomas looks a little like Fickell in that picture. 

Basso Profondo's picture

He almost looks like a mix between Fickell and Andrew Luck. 

Squirrel Master's picture

This kid is definitely very strong. He has an excellent punch on the OT and isn't just an instincts guy, he reads the play. I see some really good smarts with him for a strong DE. I don't see a very fast player so he might move inside but whoever above said he might have bad weight obviously hasn't seen this kid. He is pure size and muscle.
If he can use those arms as effectively in college has he does in HS, he could be a force in the future. Kind of reminds me of Suh. Powerful arms. I just hope he can control it well so he doesn't get unnecessary penalties. But not a bad prospect that can turn into quite the run stuffing end with a decent pass rush!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

rdubs's picture

Suh's issues weren't so much his strength or athleticism, it was the extracurricular crap after the whistle.

Squirrel Master's picture

but most of it starts with his shoves. Suh gets half of his penalties being a little too aggressive with his pushes. The other half are his extracurricular crap, like kicking.
My point is, he has the powerful arms of Suh but hopefully not the attitude in general. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

CC's picture

Suh is the best defensive player (in college) I've ever seen and I'm 37. If we have players we can compare to Suh I'm into it.

Buckeyejason's picture

Hale kind of have me a Suh vibe when he came in..not anymore lol.


tdible2132's picture

Imagine how big this kid will be when Marroti gets ahold of him. Oh baby 

Buckeyejason's picture

I could see a J.J Watt esque 6'4" 290/295 or so in 4 years.


LouGroza's picture

Thompson reportedly ran a 4.83 40 along with a 405 pound bench press, 585 squat, 585 dead lift and power clean 345. He has also recorded a 31-inch vertical and 4.64 pro-shuttle time. This info via the link in SonofBuckeyes post above.

ColumbusBornAndRaised's picture

Reminds me a little bit of Cam Hayward.

703Buckeye's picture

This is my favorite comparison so far. The only difference I would note is in arm violence, it looks like Dylan is ahead of Cam in that department.

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

Buckeyejason's picture

Haha true! Cams arms never seemed to grow in his 4 years at OSU.


BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Can someone posts his recruiting video. The link on bleacher report is broken (because they suck) and I can't find it on YouTube. 


buckguyfan1's picture

Think this guy can be a DL stud in the future...  But hmmmm with his build and STRENGTH I will go out on a limb and suggest this may be another "Urban Position Flip" to OT in the future...  He has a knack for doing stuff like that.

Buckeyejason's picture

I really think Price and/or Munger are bound for the O-line..unless they are just flat out better than the other guys on the D-line. Price just seems like he could be a dominate Guard or Center..Munger a road grading Guard or Tackle.


buckeye76BHop's picture

Munger and Dodson are very similar as far as blocking on the Oline (if you watch their Senior Highlights).  I agree that both Price and Munger end up on the Oline.

"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 

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

osubuck57's picture

Definately think we stole Dylan!!Think he will be a stud for us!!Welcome to Buckeye Nation!!


BSTP DeCon's picture

I wouldn't fight this guy. Glad to have you, Dylan. Good luck in your future endeavors suiting up for the good guys!! 

Buckeyejason's picture

Stout kid, kid of a combination of a poor mans Bosa and Simon. Could be a big time sleep er here..seems like he's pretty smart and a hard worker as well. Looking forward to see how he develops during his time in C-bus(baring a de-commitment obviously). This brings me back to the same question..how do you play all these D-line recruits? lol:
Bosa, Sprinkle, Price, Munger, Lewis, Hill, Thompson (other 2014 commits)
Thats not even including the 2012 guys (Spence, Marcus, Washington, Schutt)


buckeyedude's picture

I agree Jason. Yes, it's always good to pull in big, talented D-lineman, but I thought the O-line was one of the biggest areas of need for the Buckeyes? Unless of course, like was mentioned by Squirrel I think, Urban plans on flipping some of these D-lineman to O-lineman?



dubjayfootball90's picture

heck yes mayne. Love the Gray Box. Welcome Mr. Thompson

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Mr. Thompson like, COME AT ME BRO! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Codeezy's picture

LOL, dont know why this made me laugh but its funny.

Adam21's picture

Am I the only one who sees a Vernon Gholston comparison with the strength and speed? Thompson is a tad bit slower, but also a tad bit bigger than what Gholston was coming OUT of Ohio State...

CC's picture

Bigger weight only. VG was a legit freak physically.

Codeezy's picture

Kid is a MONSTER baller and is going to thrive in this system. In 2 years we are going to be very very happy we have this guy.

osu_kuhnke's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Dylan!!  Might just be the 1st piece of 3 from Illinois, Garret and Jones to follow!

btalbert25's picture

After more core 6 events, camps, and  his senior year, this kid is going to move up the ranks.  Nice pick up, glad he's on board. 

Poison nuts's picture

Alright, alright...welcome aboard Dylan!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

pjtobin's picture

What a beast! I'm so excited to have a big powerful man child on our team. Wherever UFM uses him I am sure he will be great. I don't think we can get enough guys this strong and fast. Ever. I don't care if he is blocking for us or rushing an opposing Qb for us, I would rather have him in our side. Good luck young man. I'm rooting for ya. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

cajunbuckeye's picture

This is great news. Welcome to the Buckeye Nation, Dylan. Looks like some nasty swelling in the upper arms, you might want to get some ice on that.

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buckeye76BHop's picture

He's going to be good...I'm not going to compare him to current of former players.  I let his play indicate/dictate who he may be like in the future.  All I know is this, OSU's defensive line will be a group of juggernauts...this I can just about guarantee you of at this point.

"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