Urban Meyer and Ohio State flipped a big one today.
Kevin Feder, an offensive tackle for national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, was a member of Miami's 2015 class on Friday. While in Columbus Saturday, Ohio State offered. Now, the 6-foot-9, 305-pound tackle, is a future Buckeye. He took to Twitter to announce his commitment.
— Kevin Feder (@Kevin_feder) June 22, 2014
The Feder File
- SIZE 6-9/305
- SCHOOL Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ)
- POSITION OL
- CLASS 2015
- COMPOSITE ★★★
- RANK 76 (OT)
The Ramsey, New Jersey native provided a dominant performance during Ohio State's one-day positional camp, standing out as much for his athleticism as his impressive size (and he may not be done at 6‘9”). One current player told Eleven Warriors that Feder was “the biggest human being I've ever seen.”
Though just a three-star prospect, Feder's potential far outweighs his current national rankings. Though committed to the Hurricanes for five months, he held offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, Maryland and other major programs. As for Ohio State, it didn't take long for the staff to see that Feder could play major college football.
Feder becomes the second offensive line commit in 2015 for the Buckeyes, and the second "surprise" in a group that is becoming less and less predictable by the day. As the Buckeyes continue to see prospects in person, the stars and rankings go out the window and their face-to-face evaluations hold much more weight.
The nation's 76th-ranked offensive tackle was the "Smokehouse" winner during Ohio State's camp session among offensive lineman earlier this week, showcasing his athleticism and footwork.
Heisman trophy winner right here pic.twitter.com/IyuHvBwvIC
— Kevin Feder (@Kevin_feder) June 20, 2014
Feder discussed the possibility of an Ohio State offer in April, and it seems the Buckeyes weren't just blowing smoke.
"Ohio State said if I make the trip out there, there's a possibility I could get an offer from them," Feder told NJ.com's Todderick Hunt. "So I might be going out there with two of my teammates, and there are a few other places really interested in me, too."
That trip happened, that offer happened, and today Feder is a Buckeye.
A heavyweight wrestler at Don Bosco, Feder has a frame that could easily carry 330-340 pounds and it's not hard to see what the Buckeyes like about him. He's also a standout at defensive tackle for the Ironmen, a position he played in limited action during an injury-shortened junior season. That injury, a broken leg, is one reason he's had such limited exposure and subsequently his national ranking has been affected.
We'll have more on Feder in a few.