Taking a Look Back: 2013 Defensive Signees (Part One)

By Miles Joseph on May 28, 2013 at 4:30p
Bosa could see significant playing time this fall

Last week we took a look back at the nine offensive players the Buckeyes signed in their 2013 recruiting class.

It's hard to ignore the skill players brought in on that side of the ball, but Urban Meyer and his staff did equal work on defense, signing elite players at every level, from the line through linebackers and the secondary. With that in mind, we'll turn to the Silver Bullets and break down what to expect from members of the '13 class.

The Buckeyes brought in 14 future Bullets, so we'll break things down into two parts. This week will will talk about the six defensive linemen the Buckeyes signed, including Joey Bosa, Michael Hill, Tyquan Lewis ("Viper"), Donovan Munger, Billy Price, and Tracy Sprinkle.

We will talk about the chances of a couple of these players possibly making a transition to the other side of the football in addition to the impact they will have at the college level.

Join me after the jump to break down Mike Vrabel's six new toys.

DE · Joey Bosa · Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas

Bosa is one of the players Buckeye fans are the most excited to see on the field playing college ball. He is the highest-rated of any of the defensive linemen Ohio State took in the 2013 class. He had a strong senior campaign at St. Thomas Aquinas, considered one of the nation's best football programs, posting 70 tackles to go along with 13 sacks. He put up those strong numbers despite missing a couple of games due to a concussion and a later suspension.

Bosa could definitely land a spot on the two deep following summer camp and work his way into the mix on the defensive line rotation his freshmen season. He is probably the most college ready of the defensive linemen the Buckeyes landed in the 2013 class.

DT · Michael Hill · Pendleton (SC) Pendleton Hi

Munger could move to offensive guard at OSU

Michael Hill was yet another prospect the Buckeyes landed from out of state that could come to Columbus and make an early impact. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury which led to him missing significant time his senior season and that explains his low statistical output of only eight tackles for loss and four sacks. Those numbers were down from 25 TFLs and eight sacks as a junior in 2011.

With the Buckeyes full of talent, but short on experience inside, Hill could find himself on the receiving end of significant playing time this fall if he has a strong showing in camp. If not as a freshman, then certainly "SOON" is the operative word for Hill.

DE/LB · Tyquan Lewis · Tarboro (NC) 

After the first player they targeted for the "Viper" position, Lewis Neal, decommitted from Ohio State, the Buckeyes may have, in fact, upgraded. Tyquan Lewis, like Neal, is also from North Carolina, and he possesses many of the traits that made Neal so desirable for big programs.

Lewis committed to the Buckeyes at the beginning of his senior campaign and went on to tally 13 sacks in a strong showing in 2012.

Lewis may not see a lot of playing time this fall. In fact it would not be a shock if the Ohio State staff decided to redshirt him and let him further his development for another year. He enrolled at Ohio State this past January, however, so if called upon to play, he will certainly know the playbook.

In the end I don't think he plays much this year, but makes an impact no later than 2015 at the Viper spot.

DT/OG · Donovan Munger · Cleveland (OH) Shaker Heights

Munger was a late addition to the Ohio State class, committing in December after some started to speculate that he would not be part of this class.

Munger tallied 72 tackles, 25 of which went for a loss as a senior in 2012. Not only is Munger a good defensive tackle, he his also a very good offensive guard. There's a very real chance he makes the transition to the offensive side on the line at some point in his college career, though he'll enter as a defensive lineman.

I think Munger is one of the players most likely to redshirt this fall. There's a lot of uncertainty as to which position he plays in college and he still has a lot of developing to do on both sides of the line in order to be ready for the level of competition he'll face as a Buckeye. As I mentioned earlier, he will come in as a defensive tackle, but I think he makes the transition to guard by third year on campus and could be a solid starter at guard in college.

DT/OG · Billy Price · Youngstown (OH) Fitch

Billy Price falls into the same category as the previously mentioned Donovan Munger. He's a player that could end up on either side of the line during his stay in Columbus. I think it's less likely Price plays on offensive than Munger however, and if he does stick to defense, expect the John Simon comparisons to only heat up.

I don't envision too much playing time being available for Price in 2013, but I wouldn't be surprised if he snuck into the defensive line rotation. At the very least I don't think he'll redshirt. He currently posses the frame necessary to succeed on either side of the ball in college. I think he stays at defensive tackle for his whole career at Ohio State and becomes a star.

DE · Tracy Sprinkle · Elyria (OH)

Sprinkle has a lot of upside, but isn't quite ready to see the field for the Buckeyes. He posted a a hefty total of 103 tackles, 30 of which were for loss, to go along with 19 sacks in 2012, sharing Ohio's Division I Defensive Player of the Year award with classmate Price. However, he's still a bit of a raw talent.

Enrolling in January is really going to help Sprinkle's cause, but I still see him redshirting in 2013. There just isn't enough space for him to receiving playing time and he still must work on his tecnhique. I think he'll make his mark in Columbus, but not until 2014 or 2015.

Thanks for tuning in. Be sure to join me next week when I break down the linebackers and defensive backs Ohio State signed in the '13 class.


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niblick's picture

nice write up Miles, short and to the point on each, no fluff!!

otrain2416's picture

Great work as always Miles! One thing I was thinking about was I'm not so sure Munger will redshirt if we move him to the offensive side of the ball. We're seriously lacking depth at guard especially after Underwood's ACL injury and O'Connor transferring. He could find himself some early PT if he learns the offense and earns a spot at 2 deep guard.

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Hovenaut's picture

That Illini helmet looking longingly at Munger....in a Buckeye hat.

Vrabes has a group of young 'uns here.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Some outstanding talent coming in on the D-Line!  Wow, Can't wait for football season and to watch these guys open a can of whoop-ass! 
Go Bucks!!


osu07asu10's picture

Don't count on more than what Adolphus or Spence produced last year as far as Bosa barring significant injuries to the d-line

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NCBuckeyeForLife's picture

After seeing TJ Logan and the Northern Guilford Nighthawks beat-up on Neal and his Wilson teammates in 3 consecutive state semi-final games, Lewis was the better choice without a doubt.  He plays harder and has multiple state championship rings to show for his efforts.  Speaking of TJ Logan, the one time Buckeye Recruit, he is a touchdown making  machine with speed to die for.  He won the 100m and 200m with far better times than Mitchell and EZ.  Let's hope Lewis sees the field soon or I have a feeling the NC schools will be calling for his services.  

ODEEZ330's picture

I think sprinkle is gonna be a beast for us down the line. His film is awesome and those numbers in ne ohio div 1 that is kray lol

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Balkestud's picture

Expect to see alot of Joey B this year..Having lived in Florida for the majority of my life, I am very familiar with the football factory known as Aquinas..Most guys are switched to strong side DE's because they have out grown weak side DE or are under sized DT's..this guy comes in as a legitimate SSDE already, having played the position exclusively..they fact that he played it at Aquinas means not only did he face the best tackles in Florida in games, but also in practice every day..I get the same feeling with him that I did watching Geno Atkins at Aquinas...Future Stud

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Balkestud's picture

Not to mention I am sure that Urb will want to do everything in his power to establish a foot hold in Aquinas making it Glenville south..So yeah, Joey is going to play significant minutes, barring injury or academic issues.

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willshire58's picture

Bosa will be playing the same position as Adolphus Washington. The only way I see Bosa playing significant minutes is if Adolphus is injured or if Mike Bennett is injured and Adolphus is bumped down to the 3-technique. Otherwise I think he will only see the field when we're up by 30 or to give Adolphus a break for a play or two. 

otrain2416's picture

Bosa will be in the same role Washington was last year behind Simon. However, I think the talent gap was greater between Simon and Washington last year then Bosa and Washington this year plus I see there being more blowouts this year, therefore he will see more snaps than Washington did as a frosh

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OSUs12-OH's picture

To this above: I'm not so sure about that playing time comment.  I'm not going to speak on behalf of the OSU coaches but I do see him getting playing time.  Personally I can see him playing more back up for DE and DT.  I could also see him playing with the 2s if he comes into camp at 280 like he's been planning since last year.  He's a freak kind of athlete like Mike Mitchell (which was why I was so quick to retort when I saw something about how OSU's defense won't be a as good as a top SEC defense).  OSU's defense will be just as good if not better than the best SEC defense...eventually.
Joey Bosa by far is my favorite D-linemen.  His motor and mean streak are definitely needed on this young defense. 

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CC's picture

I agree.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say Bosa starts at some point this season.  It may be for injury and it may be simply because he is the best option.  Short of the freakish Clowney level he's as good as they get coming out of HS.