Ohio State has landed its first linebacker commit in the class of 2023.
And it comes in the form of its last remaining priority in-state target: four-star Glenville linebacker Arvell Reese.
Despite constantly saying he'd commit in November or December, Reese felt good enough about the Buckeyes to pull the trigger early, becoming the 19th commitment in the 2023 cycle. Reese also becomes the seventh player from the state of Ohio to give his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes.
The Reese File
- Class: 2023
- Size: 6-3/212
- Pos: Linebacker
- School: Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio)
- Star Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: #277 (#20 LB)
Glenville has a well-established history of sending players to Ohio State, with 21 Tarblooders playing for the Buckeyes from 2002 to 2017. Reese said in June he felt pressure from those close to his circle to become the first Glenville player to commit to the Buckeyes in more than five years. On Saturday, he became just that.
“There’s definitely a lot of pressure there,” Reese said in June about talking with fellow Glenville players and coaches. “Definitely a lot of guys remind me all the time, ‘Hey, you can go to Ohio State.’”
Reese received his offer from OSU in March after visiting Columbus for a spring practice and considered the offer a blessing. Since getting the offer, Reese always had Ohio State at the forefront of his recruitment. He attended Ohio State's recruiting camp on June 14 despite having an offer in hand because he wanted a chance to be coached by OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.
“Just to get a feel of how the coaches are,” Reese said of why he camped with OSU. “To learn some things from coaches. Coach Knowles has a great legacy. I wanted to pick his mind a little bit.”
|WR||BRANDON INNISS||★★★★★||#21 NATL | #3 WR||6-0 | 190||American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)|
|WR||NOAH ROGERS||★★★★||#38 NATL | #6 WR||6-2 | 180||Rolesville (Rolesville, NC)|
|OT||LUKE MONTGOMERY||★★★★||#45 NATL | #4 OT||6-5 | 280||Findlay (Findlay, OH)|
|DL||JASON MOORE||★★★★||#54 NATL | #5 DL||6-6 | 255||DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)|
|WR||CARNELL TATE||★★★★||#57 NATL | #10 WR||6-2 | 185||IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)|
|TE||JELANI THURMAN||★★★★||#106 NATL | #7 TE||6-5 | 230||Langston Hughes (Fairburn, GA)|
|CB||CALVIN SIMPSON-HUNT||★★★★||#118 NATL | #14 CB||6-0 | 175||Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas)|
|S||MALIK HARTFORD||★★★★||#164 NATL | #9 S||6-2.5 | 175||Lakota West (West Chester, OH)|
|CB||KAYIN LEE||★★★★||#178 NATL | #21 CB||6-2.5 | 175||Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, GA)|
|IOL||JOSHUA PADILLA||★★★★||#191 NATL | #8 IOL||6-4 | 265||Wayne (Dayton, OH)|
|CB||JERMAINE MATHEWS||★★★★||#226 NATL | #14 ATH||6-0 | 175||Winton Woods (Cincinnati, OH)|
|OL||AUSTIN SIEREVELD||★★★★||#239 NATL | #11 IOL||6-5 | 320||Lakota East (Middletown, OH)|
|S||CEDRICK HAWKINS||★★★★||#243 NATL | #17 S||6-0 | 175||Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)|
|WR||BRYSON RODGERS||★★★★||#262 NATL | #32 WR||6-0.5 | 175||Wiregrass Ranch (Zephyrhills, FL)|
|RB||MARK FLETCHER||★★★★||#269 NATL | #14 RB||6-1 | 225||American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL)|
|LB||ARVELL REESE||★★★★||#277 NATL | #20 LB||6-3 | 212||Glenville (Cleveland, OH)|
|QB||BROCK GLENN||★★★★||#335 NATL | #17 QB||6-2 | 195||Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)|
|DL||WILL SMITH JR.||★★★||#460 NATL | #54 DL||6-3 | 260||Dublin Coffman (Dublin, OH)|
|OL||MILES WALKER||★★★||#470 NATL | #38 OT||6-6 | 285||Brunswick High School (Greenwich, CT)|
|Prospect Rating Data: 247Sports|
At the next level, Reese will likely play inside linebacker for OSU, though his frame could allow him to be utilized in blitz packages off the edge in third down situations.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Reese is considered the 277th-best player and the 20th-best linebacker in the 2023 cycle. With his commitment, Ohio State moves from No. 4 to No. 3 in the 2023 national recruiting class rankings.
Reese picked Ohio State over the likes of Alabama, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, USC, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.