Four-Star Class of 2016 Offensive Lineman Tyler Gerald Commits to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 19, 2014 at 4:00p
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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The recruiting momentum began with 2015 quarterback Joe Burrow, and continued, today, when 2016 Sciotoville East (Portsmouth, Ohio) offensive guard Tyler Gerald verbally committed to Ohio State.

It's the sixth commitment in the past 11 days for the Buckeyes, and Gerald becomes the second pledge in OSU's 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard joins Hubbard, Ohio's George Hill, who announced his decision this past weekend

Gerald, the state's eighth-ranked player in 2016, chose Ohio State over Virginia Tech, where he developed an excellent relationship with the Hokies new offensive line coach Stacy Searels. Despite his relationship with Searels, Gerald couldn't turn down the chance to fulfill a childhood dream and a chance to play for the Buckeyes. 

THE GERALD FILE

  • Size: 6-5/300
  • School: Sciotoville East (Portsmouth, OH)
  • Position: OL
  • Class: 2016
  • Composite: ★★★★
  • Rank: 7 (OG)

"He (Searels) knows it's a hometown thing," Gerald told Eleven Warriors. "Ohio State is a tough school to say 'no' to. He wants what's best for me as an individual. Not many kids from my area get this chance. It's a good feeling."

Although he had a Buckeye offer before competing during today's camp at Ohio State, Gerald wanted to get further instruction from Ed Warinner, and to continue developing a relationship with him. It's that sort of competitiveness that makes him a true standout player, according to his offensive line coach at Portsmouth East, James Gifford. 

"(Tyler) loves to compete," Gifford told Eleven Warriors about his star lineman. "He's done very well (when he's been) at Virginia Tech and wanted to go against the best. He has confidence I've never seen in a player before. He knows what he wants, and he will do whatever it takes to get it done. He's very coachable and eager to get things right. He's got the 'it' factor."

"He's a great all-around athlete," Gifford continued. "He's got weight room strength, but he's also got football strength. He's the type of player, at the end of the game, you wish was blocking, running the ball, or throwing the pass. He never takes a play off and ha always finishes a play. He's just an all-around great athlete with great feet, and he proves that on the basketball court as well."

Despite what appears to be overtly hyperbolic praise for his young lineman, Gifford says there's still room for improvement with Gerald. 

"He could improve his pass blocking," Gifford said of where Gerald's game could get stronger. "He will get that with time, I think, but we don't pass much so he's not had much of a chance to work on that."

Gerald, who is ranked in Scout.com's top 300, wanted to be a Buckeye his whole life.

"It's a dream come true," the lineman said of his decision. "Where I was raised, every kid that plays football (dreams) about Ohio State."

As the first lineman in his class, Gerald is aware that Ohio has a number of big-time talents within its borders for 2016, including two potential five-star offensive lineman: Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg. While he says he's not really close with any of the players in his class yet, he wants to do whatever Ohio State needs him to do in order to help secure a truly "Sweet '16." Being committed to the Buckeyes certainly doesn't mean any pressure is off of Gerald heading into his junior season; in fact he says it's pressure that drives him to succeed.

"The class of 2016 could be awesome," Gerald said. "I haven't gotten much of a chance to meet many of the players yet. If (Ohio State) wants my help in recruiting then I will do that. I want to get the best of the best to play with me, because that will help make my career as successful as possible. Now the pressure is on for me. Every single rep, every single workout. This doesn't mean I let off the gas at all. I have to work now to get a starting position. I feel like I can be a difference maker and I am very confident in my abilities."

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sharks's picture

It' rainin croots

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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cinserious's picture
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Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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otrain2416's picture

2016 is going to be a good year for Ohio recruits coming to OSU. Welcome aboard Tyler

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Braxton2Devin's picture

Congrats Gerald!! Gerald, Kraemer, and Eichenberg would be a legendary Ohio OL haul!!!

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toad1204's picture

2016 is going to be a huge recruiting year for home grown recruits.  Hell of a start already.

Welcome Big Fella.

 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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trigg03's picture

Awesome. Now 16' has as many as what 15' was stuck on till just a week or so ago lol

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Danify's picture

Booooom! Congrats Tyler Gerald on joining Buckeye Nation.

edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

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TobyMagic's picture

Love adding these big lineman who play basketball as well, shows we're cruitin' athletes, not bodies.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Another gray box?

 

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AndyVance's picture

Well played, Sir.

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Hovenaut's picture

Train keeps on rollin'...awesome.

Welcome aboard, Tyler Gerald!
 

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

PG_BUCK's picture

Sooooo many Grey Boxes....how is anyone supposed to get work done when they have to keep checking?

Go BUCKS!

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1967Buck's picture

Oh, that's a good one Linga.

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Too sweet Linga!!! Lmao

Gooz-fra-bah...

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avail31678's picture

Freakin' sweet GIF!

 

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Seattle Linga's picture

The cat is smooth and chillin

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"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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DJ Byrnes's picture

 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

wow - pretty neat - I grew up very close to Sciotoville - small town kid has made the big time - great for him

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WhySoSerious's picture

Bang bang for you sir. Welcome.

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Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Phoenix824's picture

That's just creepy

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kyo's picture

I agree. Atleast it wasn't a picture of Brian Peppers

exnwohiobuckfan's picture

Im not sleeping tonight

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Kid Gloves's picture

My dentist wants to see you dude

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blocko330's picture

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

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avail31678's picture

Is that Jean-Claude??

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BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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osubuck57's picture

Great start to 2016 class with Tyler and Hill!!

SCOTTC.

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"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

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Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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IGotAWoody's picture

Is that Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad?

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Sure is!

anyone familiar with him should get a kick out of the full video:

 

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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Danify's picture

He got an (very) early on his role of the energetic Jesse Pinkman. Ha.

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hspbuy1's picture

Glad to see you commit to the good guys Tyler!!!!!!!!!!!

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703Buckeye's picture

Being a former o-lineman, these are my absolute favorite commitments. Not to mention, we have the best dance skills on the field...

 

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Love it when a fat guy scores!

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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703Buckeye's picture

lmao, I was looking for this in a .gif but gave up. I love this scene!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
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Osurrt's picture

Whew.....was glad this was a football clip and not something from High Street @ 2am on a Saturday night!

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I love me some Brandon Mebane

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BuckeyeJ's picture

So awesome for this young guy! Being from his area and knowing his coach as well as his mother-----this kid will keep working! 

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Haha!  Kids are so funny. Just told my 10 yr old that we got a commitment from a 6'5 300 lb offensive guard for the the 2016 class. His response? "Wow, that's a lot of pounds!"  Haha! Yeah, for a 10 yr old jr pee wee player, I guess it is. 

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IGotAWoody's picture
Braxton LIKES this!!

 

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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1967Buck's picture

Very happy!! Welcome to the Buckeye family.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Our cup runneth over! We can't be contained just by 2015 recruiting!

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Gotta love commits from multiple homegrown kids on the same day!

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Bobcat04's picture

Scioto County represent!  

 

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Hayze's picture

Love this kid.

I think the big thing is getting one of Kraemer or Eichenberg. Get one and have those two go after the other.

Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Don't forget Gavin Cupp huge Upside!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

jamesrbrown322's picture

Woohoo!!! Keep it going!

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Love me some Gina-too bad she got her ass kicked in that fight

jamesrbrown322's picture

If you like that, you'll love this. I thought it was pretty hilarious.

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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AndyVance's picture

Yes, more Gina.

Crimson's picture
BOOM!!!

More celebratory gifs please!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Kinda creepy...but I can't look away. It's like a deleted scene from Army of Darkness...

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome Tyler Gerald!

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Max Power's picture

Im always glad to get a kid who has dreamed of playing at OSU. Nothing better than having guys who truly want to be here on the team because they have true pride in the OSU name. Welcome to the family Tyler.

On a side note, isnt "Sweet 16" a little clíched? What about Super 16? Doesnt have to be in the alliteration style. Thoughts?

b-dub4545's picture

This guy serves more pancakes than IHOP! I believe I counted 42 during his highlights. Man amongst boys.

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Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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You wish The President were a woman so you could climax eating her pizza pie? I'm sorry if I may have misinterpreted your oh so strange desire! Fireworks,pizza and a drag fantasy. Hmm...
 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I'm so confused, yet intrigued...

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

TheVictoryBell45's picture

Dude is a road grader! I like Super 16 better than sweet 16. I could see something like Swag 16 catching on with Pantoni and recruits. 

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TheVictoryBell45's picture

Dude is a road grader! I like Super 16 better than sweet 16. I could see something like Swag 16 catching on with Pantoni and recruits. 

Burritos Noches's picture

Man, watch that highlight film. Gotta love a guy who carries his block all the way out of the frame.

"3 yards and a cloud of dust" - Woody "Pow Right In The Kisser" Hayes

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