Cornerback Denzel Ward Commits to Ohio State

By Jordan Wagner on June 19, 2014 at 4:14p
Denzel Ward
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
141 Comments

After an impressive camp performance that landed him a scholarship offer, cornerback Denzel Ward wasted no time, committing to Ohio State on the spot today.

The Ward File

  • Size 5-11/165
  • School Nordonia (Macedonia, OH)
  • Position CB
  • Class 2015
  • Composite ★★★
  • Rank 50 (CB)

The three-star corner chose the Buckeyes over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse and others.

Ward is the ninth member of Ohio State's class of 2015 and the second camp commitment of the day for the Buckeyes, joining four-star class of 2016 offensive lineman Tyler Gerald, who committed 20 minutes earlier.

Often referred to as the fastest player in Ohio, Ward burst onto the scene after clocking a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at February's "Best of the Midwest" combine. That time earned Ward a quick offer from Cincinnati and it also caught Ohio State's attention, which led to a spring practice and camp invite for the 5-foot-11, 165-pound corner.

As a junior at Nordonia, Ward caught 37 passes for 658 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded five interceptions for the 8–3 Knights.

Ward joins Jamel Dean at cornerback in this recruiting class. Ohio State is also considered one of the finalists for four-star Pennsylvania cornerback Jordan Whitehead, who plans to announce on October 3.

After a slow start to this cycle, Urban Meyer has now locked up the services of seven prospects in the last 11 days, five of whom will be members of the next class.

Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni sums up this run, and in particular, this afternoon, pretty well:

Indeed.

141 Comments

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RandyBoBandy's picture

BOOOOMMMM!!!

I don't wear shirts.

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BoBo16's picture

I coached against this kid when he was a freshman in high school. The kid has come a long long way since he was 14. First Suburnan League player to osu since kudla.

Eat, Sleep, and Breathe Buckeyes

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

So many serious Athletes committing!!! Sick. That Justice Alexander on his team looks nice!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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toad1204's picture

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!

Two Gray boxes in a half hour...  Life is good.

 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

So much for not offering!! Are Ohio guys!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

Six of the nine players committed so far are from Ohio. That's like more than half. 

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chemicalwaste's picture

Edit: Just realized that last comment of mine was retarded because my reading comprehension was subpar. Excuse me please. Deleted

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mh277907's picture

Righteous!

buckeyebobcat

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Hovenaut's picture

And the hits keep on coming...

Congratulations Denzel Ward - welcome aboard!
 

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

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edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

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TCOB_6's picture

Up vote for the Numa Numa guy for sure.

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Buckeye Knight's picture
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TheBadOwl's picture

Another gray box? Thank you Basedgod!

 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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teddyballgame's picture

Denzel is happy for Denzel

 

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osu07asu10's picture

YOU GUYS ARE GONNA BREAK 11W SLOW DOWN!!!!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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stittracer99's picture

Jordan and Birm banging out the Commitment news

 

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Remy's picture
Boom Goes the Dynamite

 

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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blocko330's picture

and BOOOOM goes the dynamite!

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

this

LOL I remember that-the stuttering boom goes the dynamite

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Urban Nation Army's picture

 

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

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sivaDavis's picture

I might have to save this gif. This is the first time I've seen it. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Urban Nation Army's picture

You must not have read many commitment threads then!

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

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I think he was joking. 

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MauricXe's picture

that was sarcasm hehe

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Urban Nation Army's picture

 

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

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cinserious's picture

THEN WHERE'S THE FONT?????

Gone ham, be back soon...

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chemicalwaste's picture

IT'S THE MOBILE FONT. WHY ARE WE YELLING?

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TobyMagic's picture

Forgot sarcasm dots..?

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sivaDavis's picture

Haha I was hoping it was such heavy sarcasm that I didn't even need the dots. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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UrbanPirate's picture

You ALWAYS need the dots...

Just... Go Bucks.

    

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Go1Bucks's picture

(any of you realize that dots do not really mean sarcasm? just an fyi)

Go Bucks!

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Crimson's picture

Is putting your comments in parentheses sarcasm?  (Is this sarcasm?)  I'm confused.

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UrbanPirate's picture

(Yes, I think the sarcasm rules are now finally complete)...

Just... Go Bucks.

    

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Go1Bucks's picture

No. Just was tired when I typed it.

Go Bucks!

osubuck57's picture

Speed kills!! Good for Denzel for working hard for that offer!!

SCOTTC.

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Ethan_Buck's picture

Gray Parallelogram you say?

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

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BrooklynBuckeye's picture

If you were familiar with Ethan Allen's summer catalogue you would know those were their "Two Gray Marble Boxes."

Lol. Closest I could find.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I'm sorry, I'm only familiar with the J Peterman catalog.

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

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MAVBuck's picture

I'd say we're making up for a slow offseason this week!

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Sabaneatspuppies's picture

 

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head"

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Sabaneatspuppies's picture

 

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head"

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toad1204's picture

Not sure if its a gif double post or celebration of two commitments... Helmet stickered them both.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Sabaneatspuppies's picture

I like to think that it's a little bit of both

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head"

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Phillips.449's picture

One up-vote was for the double post, the other was for your name!

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WhySoSerious's picture

And a bang bang for you as well. Welcome.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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Rogabone's picture

 

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

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

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buckeyedude's picture

Kipman approves. LOL.

 

 

blocko330's picture

Ba-Ba-BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

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EDUGOON's picture

#Boom,Pow,Ping and Bang!!! This young man can roll folks!!! Welcome brother Ward!!!

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

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otrain2416's picture

Urban's making it rain gray boxes 

 

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DJ Byrnes's picture

 

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

JDunc686's picture

This made me sad, poor Renly...

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BierStube's picture

 

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

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sharks's picture

Denzel preaching truth about recruiting

 

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

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hspbuy1's picture

Welcome aboard Denzel!

hspbuy1

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BierStube's picture

 

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

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OSUStu's picture

Wow. If we keep getting commitments at this rate, we'll end up with a TAMU-sized glass

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Buckeye Knight's picture

Wow. If we keep getting commitments at this rate, we'll end up with a TAMU-sized glass

 

 

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OSUStu's picture

Haha. I'm glad autocorrect presented such an opportunity.

Is it safe to assume that glass was for Johnny?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Fastest player in Ohio?  Hell yes!  I'm sure even if he's not exactly THE fastest, he's still pretty frickin fast.  Welcome aboard Denzel Washington Ward.

Class of 2010.

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BTBuckeye's picture
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Unky Buck's picture

I heard dancing shoes were going to be needed today...and they're on!

 

...

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Rogabone's picture

Dude's got LUDRICOUS speed!

 

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

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

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tussey's picture

"They've gone plaid."

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DCNick's picture

Awesome get! He sounds similar to Crawford. Super fast cornerback from Nordonia.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

Ok I thought I was watching highlights of Roby there for a second.  It looks like he plays just like him.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Funny story. My 10yr old plays jr pee wee and is a tOSU nut in a sea of FSU/GA/UF. I share with him every time we get a commitment.  He was sitting on the couch when I told him we got number nine. He asked who. Not really knowing this one, I said it's some 3 star cb from ohio. His response was, "thee star?  That's it?"  

So, being the good father that I am, I shot back, "Look Skid..errr uh...son. Urban watched him in person at a camp. Don't you trust him more than some dumb website?" "Definitely!," my son said.  True story. 

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Nutty's picture

Scarlet_Lutefisk is a soothsayer

D-Day0043's picture

Simply explain to the young man about all of the 3* players that went on to become All-Americans at TOSU, and that star rankings don't mean squat. ;-)

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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IGotAWoody's picture
NPH APPROVED!!!!!

 

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

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

And here I was paying attention to the World Cup... Boom baby!!!!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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RedStorm45's picture

But guys, Urbs can't recruit and the sky is falling!!

^OSU fans not three weeks ago.

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D-Day0043's picture

True.... but you can't really fault some fans for being spoiled because Buckeye football IS accustomed to awesomeness.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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Dougger's picture

Love highlights of hard hits and form tackles

I like football

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Buckeyeneer's picture

 

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

PG_BUCK's picture

Can one go blind from seeing too many grey boxes in too short of an amount of time? If so this is getting downright dangerous!!

Go BUCKS!

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Seattle Linga's picture

It's officially a two-fer

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AeroBuckeye2001's picture

 

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

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1967Buck's picture

Wow, what a day. Very happy for the young man.

Nick's picture

Sounds a lot like Bradley Roby. 3 star WR with smaller offers then gets the big offer to play CB at OSU. Congrats.

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BIGHEC39's picture

Why does it feel like we are settleling for the 3 Star Recruit based on one day camp performance... I do pay attention to recruiting but I cant say that I study it or know alot about it but I do think that I know Enough......  I feel that were settleling for the 3 Stars just to get our numbers up especially if there from Ohio instead of getting a higher quality 4 star or posible 5 star recruit......  I dont know, maybe its just me and someone can help clarify this for me.......

 

Dont get me wrong, Im happy for the kid (Denzel Ward).  He is in a much better position then I ever was coming out of High School and i'm Sure UFM and Co. are going to help develop his skills and make be the best player that he can possibly be.....  But I feel that we are settleling......

 

at the end of the day, what do I know...... Im just a guy that works in a Office and read Buckeye news and updates all day.  I know UFM and Co. know what what there doing.

 

Go Bucks!

BigHec39

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I REALLY doubt that the camp is the first time they've seen him. My guess is the camp is just validation.  Have faith my man. This ain't Urban's first rodeo. 

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BIGHEC39's picture

Thanks Man...... 

 

Go Bucks.......

BigHec39

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ronbizi's picture

But I feel that we are settleling......

 

at the end of the day, what do I know.....

Cheers to Ward, great add.  To answer your question, our staff goes by what they see in front of them, not the ratings of recruiting services.  And they appreciate kids willing to compete.  If that means we lose a guy occasionally like CJ Conrad, so be it.  As much worry there was on this site about lack of Ohio targets, Urban just showed to our state that if these kids work hard and compete, they'll get the offer.  Great for Ward and Nick Conner.  I'm sure these two adds made a lot of Buckeye fans happy, including myself.  It all goes with the culture UFM has brought with him here, which is a winning culture by past evidence.

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DCNick's picture

We shouldn't be slaves to the recruiting stars. Coach Ash put together great defenses at Wisconsin with guys with less talented than Denzel. I'm not worried. Let's check on him again in 2 or 3 years when he might actually hit the field for OSU. Until then, let the coaches work with him.

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irishfury's picture

http://247sports.com/Bolt/Denzel-Ward-the-next-Bradley-Roby-29228044

I've also seen some other Scouts from Michigan and other places on twitter saying he is a good good one.

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SuperBuckFan08's picture

I feel like if THIS is how more of the "I'm concerned about his future productivity" posts were articulated, the whole scathing article on being an a**hole could have been avoided. 

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Squirrel Master's picture

So you are saying he is a polite asshole... J/K

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

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theopulas's picture

some will never be satisfied ...they will always find something to complain about...did you complain about the lack of commits too...

Theopulas

nm_buck's picture

I feel that were settleling for the 3 Stars just to get our numbers up especially if there from Ohio instead of getting a higher quality 4 star or posible 5 star recruit......  I dont know, maybe its just me and someone can help clarify this for me.......

It ain't about the number of stars... it's about how the coaching staff perceives a kid will fit into their plan.  If you think three stars ain't as good as 4 or 5 stars, you should go back and look at some of the 3 stars we've signed since 2003... James Laurinaitis, Bradley Roby, AJ Hawk, Santonio Holmes, Brian Hartline, Brian Robiskie, Chimdi Chekwa, Zach Boren, Ried Fragel, Kenny Guiton, John Simon, and even Troy Smith was a 3 star in most rankings.

Those guys could play. 

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Max Power's picture

Tell A.J. Hawk, James Lauranitis, Malcolm Jenkins (shall I go on?) that settling on 3*s doesn't work out. Kudos to the kid for working hard and earning his offer. Its not like the staff offered Ward solely on his camp performance. They got to coach him first hand and obviously liked what they saw. If the staff deems a kid worthy of an offer, I'm pretty sure the fans should be happy with his commitment. Stop obsessing over the rankings and look forward to what this kid can bring to the team

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moopdawg's picture

Nice and congrats to Mr. Ward! Not that it matters at all to them, but coach Meyer's staff is winning recruiting points with me. Go Bucks, and let's keep getting these Ohio kids.

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hobochops987's picture

We got the #50 CB, the sky is falling...

Trust in UFM

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ITWASME's picture

Obviously some people do not understand sarcasm

buckeyedude's picture

Holy shit, we're on a roll!

 

 

Killer nuts's picture

How has nobody posted the Jon Stewart double boom gif yet?! It's perfect for the occasion

 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Keep it rollin boys!

 

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

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irishfury's picture

This is one of those guys we will look back on and say how was he a three star.  I've read around about him and scouts our big on him compairing him to Justin Gilbert and Roby.  I really like this kid.

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osu407's picture

I was hoping he'd end up in this class since he ran that 4.31. Ohio kids that are that fast are worth their weight in gold down the line. 

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Sin City Buckeye's picture

 

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Reminds me of the McLaurin offer last year. An under the radar player with jets who came into camp & impressed the coaches.

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swainpm's picture

Bet you he will end up a four star on most recruiting sites now that he has committed to Bucks (like McLaurin). Not a high 4 star but a low 4, as if that really means anything anyway. The only #s I read on this whole article were 4.31, couple those with Ash and we should have ourselves a party.

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Crimson's picture

Two commitments,

BOOM!!!

Congrats to Denzel!  Welcome to the Buckeye family!

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WarBuckeyes17's picture

I love the current recruiting trend we are on. It's a bunch of local hungry kids who are willing to grind for what they desire. This breeds competition, hunger, desire, loyalty, team. This is trending towards Urban Meyers initial vision for our Buckeyes, HUNGRY!!

If you are the big tree, we are the small axe - Bob Marley 
 

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

Speed kills. The Flash.  I love it.  Welcome to the silver bullets.

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KingsRite's picture

 

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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cinserious's picture

Heeees on FI-I-I-I-I-I-I-ER!!!!!!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Citrus's picture

Watched the highlights and was pleased how he seemed to demolish bubble screens. 'bout time!
 

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irishfury's picture

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/986644/highlights/30004375

Wow love this kids hips he turns and follows the ball well.  Also who is the qb on his team he makes a throw from the 30 yard line to right corner of the endzone that is amazing.

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FROMTHE18's picture

given the DB haul last year, Im happy with the approach the staff is taking for this year….I hope we land the big guns on the board but welcome aboard Ward, Urban loves you, thus we shall love you.

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pcuzz1's picture

This kid can scoot!! And he likes to come up and make some big hits. Looking like roby

pat cozzens

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BassDropper's picture

I remember the last time we got a CB rated as lowly as Ward

 

http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=8&c=1&nid=4204631

DIRECTIONER

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Knarcisi's picture

For a smaller guy, kid likes to come up and stick, doesn't he?  Welcome.  

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Track personal bests:

100M
    2014   11.45
    2013   11.53

200M
    2014   23.42
    2013   23.78

60M
    2014   7.13

Long Jump
    2014   22-6
    2013   23-4

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Kid Gloves's picture

These last ten days have been very special

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cinserious's picture
g

 

Gone ham, be back soon...

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TheVictoryBell45's picture

I totally agree with all of the Roby comparisons. This guy is a burner that isn't afraid to pop you. Welcome aboard. 

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thumper351's picture

After watching his highlight film, I am pretty impressed. Kid is not afraid to come up and make the hit. But I am even more impressed with some of his runs. Very shifty, like Braxton shifty, and loves spinning out of tackles.

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buckeyedude's picture

After watching that video, my question is why is he ONLY a 3*? I mean, really? I have a feeling it may be because of his lack of size, but he will get bigger. No way this kid stays "just" a 3* when all is said and done.

He seems to have a nose for the ball and likes to make INTs. I'll take that. INTs are game changers.

 

 

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Max Power's picture

Just watched Denzel Ward's highlights and I'm excited to see where his career goes. Should be a good player after some quality time with Coach Mick. He has killer speed and once he adds some weight, look out. I wonder if he will stay at CB cuz he looked pretty shifting running the football.He could be pretty deadly with his speed and elusiveness on WR screens. As a CB I cant see many receivers blowing by him. Seems like he could also be an exciting return man. Glad to see you bringing your speed and talent to Columbus. Welcome home Denzel Ward!

osubuckeye4life's picture

A diamond in the rough.

Welcome aboard Denzel!