Virginia has become a major force in college football recruiting and Ohio State has made a play there a number of times in the last few years, successful only once when they received a commitment from Curtis Grant, the nation's top linebacker in 2011.
Tonight they've extended an offer to Ricky DeBerry, who is making a play to be one of the top linebackers in the 2015 class. With 29 offers, DeBerry is 66th on the initial 247Sports.com rankings for 2015, released today.
At 6-foot-3 and 237-pounds and running 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, DeBerry is a prototypical linebacker who could potentially move to defensive end at the next level.
"Right now I prefer outside linebacker," DeBerry said. "I really like the edge rusher position, though."
As noted, Virginia's started to produce elite-level talent en masse over the last few years, and DeBerry admits there's some pressure to stay close to home, but he won't be making his decision for a while at least.
"There's a little bit but of pressure to stay in Virginia," he said. "I want to see the whole country though. I want to see as many colleges as possible to make sure its the right decision for me. I know its going to take me a while to evaluate all the schools who've offered me. I won't decide until my senior year."
As far the Buckeyes go, it was Ohio State's Mike Vrabel who has been spearheading the recruitment of DeBerry.
We'll have more on this offer and DeBerry's thoughts on Ohio State and his recruitment soon.