What Kevin Feder's Commitment Means to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 22, 2014 at 2:57p
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While America sits and waits for soccer — yes, soccer — Urban Meyer and his coaching staff were hard at work today and secured their 10th commitment for their suddenly surging 2015 class. This time, it was Ramsey, New Jersey offensive lineman Kevin Feder, a 6-foot-9, 305-pounder from the Garden State who had committed to the University of Miami in January.

Feder decided he wanted to explore his options and make sure he'd made the right choice and Ohio State was one school he'd always wanted to check out, so he did. Like Ohio State's seventh commitment, Nick Conner, Feder needed to show up in Columbus and put on a show for the Buckeye coaching staff and he did just that, earning an offer during his visit and committing to the Buckeyes before he left Ohio.

So what are the Buckeyes getting? A player with a much higher upside than his arbitrarily decided star-ranking indicates, according to most people who've seen him. As a junior, Feder suffered a broken leg that impacted much of his season, keeping him off the field for a good portion of the year. When he returned the lineup for the Ironmen of Don Bosco Prep, he primarily played along the defensive line where he shored up a struggling run defense. 

Feder played his freshman season at Parsippany Hills and transferred to Don Bosco Prep as a sophomore, but didn't play much, then suffered his injury as a junior. He's raw, there's no doubt about that, but his size, skill and speed combination make him too intriguing to pass up. Rivals.com analyst Marc Givler saw him during Ohio State's camp this past week and agreed whole-heartedly with the Buckeyes decision to offer him.

"His footwork was better than you would expect for someone with little experience and as his technique improves he has a chance to be a special player," Givler said of Feder's performance. "If you watched the (offensive line) group on Thursday, he was the first one you noticed. He just towered over the rest of the group which had plenty of guys that were 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-6. He's just an incredible physical specimen on the hoof."

"Once they started drills, it was also apparent he was the most athletic guy in the drills and he reaffirmed that by winning 'Smokehouse.'"

"Smokehouse," for the uninitiated, is the final drill of camp sessions for the Buckeyes. It's a sprint, nothing more nothing less. A sprint to determine the fastest player in each positional group. Feder — at 6-foot-9, 305-pounds with size 17 shoes — went out and won it. He's big, but he's an athlete. He's a heavyweight wrestler with a frame that could easily add another 50-pounds. Oh yeah, he may very well still be growing: doctors suggest he could end up at 7-foot-tall.

NUMBERS IMPACT

Feder's commitment is the second offensive lineman in the class joining South Dakota's Grant Schmidt. In discussions with sources around the Ohio State program, I've been told that the Buckeyes believe they have room for another three offensive lineman in the 2015 class. There are a few key names to watch moving forward, and most of them are much more recognizable name than Schmidt and Feder, although that doesn't mean squat when it comes to evaluations by the Buckeyes. They saw Feder and Schmidt in person and were sold on each, and that's good enough for me.

The Buckeyes are in excellent shape still for James Daniels, Matt Burrell, Andre James, Drew Richmond and a host of others, so with two building blocks in place, they'll look to add cornerstones in rounding out the group.

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tdible2132's picture

This has me thinking that the 2015 class is going to end up much larger than people expect.  What's your take on the final number of players in this class Birm?

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

I was thinking the same thing-a lot of these recent commits weren't names regularly being mentioned on these forums.  

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Crimson's picture

His footwork was better than you would expect

At least he doesn't look like this:

Not, good footwork.

Thanks for the update, Birm.  He looks very promising.

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Seattle Linga's picture

His length is off the charts.He will be a great ANCHOR on the line for years

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sivaDavis's picture

No way this class ends up under 20... 

"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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Iwearmocs's picture

Birm (or anyone)- how tall is too tall for an offensive lineman? At some point you lose leverage; I feel you rarely see above 6-7 olineman, and he's 6-9 and still growing?  He seems like a great athlete though.

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

I think the biggest problem about having a lineman that big is the QB can't see over him.  For pass blocking it's an advantage because you can use the longer arms to get into someone's chest.  If height was a disadvantage you'd see a lot shorter DEs.  Run blocking it might not be as great, but if the OT is a monster I don't think it will matter.  

Durability is probably the biggest issue.  7 footers usually have foot and back problems and football is really stressful.  Also, if an athlete is 7ft, super athletic and really strong they'd probably focus on basketball (not football).

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Regardless, I'd say throw him in the gym at least once and see if Thad could use his services!

How Firm Thy Friendship

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chemicalwaste's picture

I've been thinking the same but, instead, getting in the way would be a good thing if he was on the defensive line. Imagine the hole you'd have to create to run around him. Or the height you'd have to put on a bubble or screen pass. Or the distance he would fall on a chop block.

swainpm's picture

IWEARMOCS I was thinking the same thing. But he does seem to be all athlete so maybe that will allow him to be too tall? If he is flexible and can get low while holding good force angles he could be really tough to move. Lets just go along with Meyer and Warriner, I am sure they know what too tall is. I am excited to see how big this guy is once he makes it onto the field. Size 17 shoes! Are you freaking kidding me!

Boom777's picture

Maybe he could block the blindside

Wherever you are, there you be!

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cplunk's picture

That is a giant, not a man.

The staff saw him in person and believes he is a stud. That means more to me than stars, which are just somebody else's opinion anyway. 

Looking forward to watching this kid on Saturdays.

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SilverState's picture

That website address Birm:

 

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The Butler's picture

Nice catch Silver.  That's hilarious Birm.

 

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Upvote. I'd have never caught that!

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

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jpbuckeye's picture

I was almost too embarrassed to ask: what did you see that I missed?

Crimson's picture

The URL title is The Kevin Feder Line, which has two meanings.

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Citrus's picture

With his speed perhaps he becomes a 7 foot TE? haha

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The Butler's picture

Citrus - That's what I was thinking too. With his speed and height, if he can catch, that would be an answer to the need at TE. 

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AAStagg's picture

Tom Herman may need to draw-up some Tackle-Eligible plays.

Remain calm.  It's only a game.

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CC's picture

Speed is a relative thing.  I imagine if he were running against the TE's he'd be closer to last.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm thinking Matta might be able to use this guy.
 

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The Butler's picture

a la Rickey Dudley. I was watching Eddie George's 314 yard performance this past week and couldn't help but notice how many times Rickey Dudley had a block that sprung Eddie George.

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buckeyeradar's picture

If he could play b ball he would, there's a reason he's a wrestler actually two.  One, he can't play b ball.  Two, as a wrestler no one can reach his legs.  Maybe the wrestling coach is thinking....

Buckeye in Texas

ChazBuckeye's picture

According to his time line on 24/7, this commitment came very quickly after camp. Camp, visit, offer and subsequent commitment. I'll take it. Dispite his towering height, i have a feeling he's going to be a great athlete. I trust his evaluators...

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

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brunstar's picture

I've created offensive linemen in NCAA Football games that aren't even that big.

What are the measurements on his arm span?

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AndyVance's picture

What are the measurements on his arm span?

Roughly seven yards.

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ChazBuckeye's picture

After seeing this picture, there is no way I'd ever think of making him a TE. I realize it was a joke, but this kid is going to be massive and fast. He has NFL written all over him as far as being an olinemen.

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Block kicks with Marshon and Jeff Greene!! Lmao

Gooz-fra-bah...

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DCBucki's picture

They should switch places so its a capital "O". Looks odd with a small "o" and a capital "H"

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

BroJim's picture

That's a capital H

I season my simple food with hunger

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chemicalwaste's picture

Or just two big lower case Ls

Rocket Man's picture

If the football thing doesn't work out, maybe he can play center for Thad . . .

Illegitimi non carborundum

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BuckWylde's picture

For anyone who thinks Mr. Feder might actually be TOO tall, some of the older fans might remember a guy named Ed (too tall) Jones of the Dallas Cowboys who was a D-lineman with a  pretty distinguished All-Pro type of career. 

From the information that's available on this young man, we just nabbed a diamond in the rough who's very likely to bring the nickname "Too Tall" back to prominence in a BIG way.  . . . Get 'em Urban!!!

BuckWylde

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Citrus's picture

Put something into perspective. Too Tall was 6'9 Feder is 6'9 now and growing!

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

I think a better comparison would be Jonathon Ogden. If I remember right he was 6'9 and an all-pro OT for the Ravens. Feder doesn't need to worry about leverage when he can stick his arms out and push the defender 10 yards down the field. Dude isn't fat either, looks pretty muscular for his size... he's gonna be a beast.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture
 
Are we going with K-Fed?
or Kevin Feder-LINE?

 

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1967Buck's picture

Wow, It feels like Xmas. Very happy for the young man. Peace.

hspbuy1's picture

Welcome aboard BIG KEV!!!

hspbuy1

MikeTheBuckeye's picture

This guy may have more passes deflected than the average corner

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Ramsey, New Jersey

I'll support this. Sincerely,

Ramzy, New Jersey

PS - Go Bucks

JohnnyKozmo's picture

San Diego has a tackle who is 6'10" right, King Dunlap?

CC's picture

Who names their kid "King"?  I hope that's just a nickname.

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BUCKfutter's picture

ha agreed, names these days are nuts

a couple of my favorites: shithead, pronounced shith-eed and also le-a, pronounced ledasha

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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CC's picture

"The "Dash" ain't silent!

Crimson's picture

"The "Dash" ain't silent!

The dash don't be silent.

Zimmy07's picture

Ima Hogg, Shanda Lear, & Mark Lemongello.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Lemongello

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Lear    (look under the part where it lists his daughters).

 

 

 

buckeyedude's picture

Probably the same people that named their daughter "Queen."

 

 

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Dunlap measured 6'9" at the combine. Terrell Brown with the Rams is 6'10".

Morris Stroud was a 6'10" TE in the early 70s. In '67 the Raiders drafted 7' defensive tackle Richard Sligh. He mostly sat the bench before being by the Bengals the next year in the expansion draft. Cincinnati waved him during training camp.

...and then there's this guy:

 

BTBuckeye's picture

I'd like to see what he could do as a goal line DT next to Bennett and Washington. Maybe?

ibuck's picture

Dang, that's a big neck ! Top photo.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Jabba1977's picture

This guy is a Monster!!

 

SECHATER77

Shangheyed's picture

Get him on the FG block Unit!!

Silver Bullet 10's picture

Urban recruited Skipper from Arkansas who was an inch taller.

bethesdabuck's picture

I'm very glad for his commitment, but do we know why he flipped? Did he explain what OSU had to offer that Miami didn't? While we know it's obvious, it's good to hear a recruit's reasons - especially to know a commitment with stick. 

Katzfan's picture

I asked Mike FarrelL the same thing, to which he stated that "TOSU was his dream school and getting the offer was a dream come true." Sounds as if he was waiting on this one...

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got nine guys who better go do it again. Do it a little harder next time." -- Urban Frank Meyer  -- I LOVE THIS DUDE!! :)

AJBor41's picture

Thank God the highlight video was able to identify him for me with the helpful yellow circle tool. 

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gobucks96's picture

Does he stay on offense?

Burritos Noches's picture

There's a Kevin Feder(Line) joke in here somewhere...

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

BuckeyeJAK's picture

Shall we start counting "pancakes"

Mark May is a mental midget

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I will say this he will be a nice lil piece for the FG block team.

Michigan Sucks!

ToTheHouse's picture

By the time he gets on campus, gets settled in, and starts practicing...he'll have grown into OWNING the open-end of the Shoe in single-man coverage !