2014 Cleveland (OH) St Ignautius OL Jimmy Byrne has committed to Notre Dame. Byrne was an offensive lineman high on Ohio State's board and had a Buckeye offer.
Byrne got an Ohio State offer before his junior season even began but his visit to South Bend for the Notre Dame-Michigan game turned out to be too much to overcome for the scarlet and gray. Ohio State had Byrne on a visit to the Michigan game a few weeks ago and Byrne enjoyed himself, but was hesitant to say if OSU had made up any ground on Notre Dame.
The Irish can thank Coach Harry Heistand for this coup. Byrne had mentioned to me several times how the relationship with Notre Dame Coach Heistand had a lot to do with his affinity to Notre Dame.
Ohio State will now go forward in pursuing other offensive lineman like Orlando Brown Jr., Damian Prince, Jamarco Jones, Andy Bauer, K.C. McDermott, Mason Cole, and Marcelys Jones.
In-state offensive lineman still getting looks from Ohio State that I think could eventually hold Buckeye offers are Westerville (OH) Central OT Nick Richardson and Lancaster (OH) OT Kyle Trout. Both continue to stay in contact with Ohio State and were at a few Buckeye games this year.
Tracking the 2014 offensive line group this year will be interesting as that position group will be pivotal for the 2014 recruiting class at OSU.