Buckeyes Flip Miami Commit

Ohio State has accepted the commitment of Lakeland (FLA) wide receiver Ricquan Southward, who took an official visit to Columbus two weeks ago. Southward, who previously committed to Miami earlier this month, is commitment number-16 in the 2012 Ohio State recruiting class. Scout has the inside on this newest Buckeye.

In a surprising turn of events, Lakeland (FLA) wide receiver Ricquan Southward has de-committed from Miami, and has issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State.

Southward, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, took an official visit to Ohio State two weeks ago for the Penn State game, and came away impressed. Sunday afternoon, he called Ohio State and committed to assistant coach Stan Drayton.

"I did commit to Ohio State today (Sunday)," Southward stated. "I think the program is best for me, and I love the pro-style offense. I want to play with Braxton Miller and I think it's just the best fit for me."

"I committed to Coach (Stan) Drayton today," he added. "He is a great guy and we get along well. I liked the campus a lot when I visited for the game, and I really liked the colder weather. Everything was great at Ohio State, and I'm looking forward to being a part of their team next year."

Rumors are swirling that Ohio State is about to name former Florida coach Urban Meyer as their next head coach, and Southward is fully aware of those rumors.

"Yes, I've heard that, but nobody from Ohio State has told me that," he explained. "Coach Drayton said he didn't know if that would happen or not. If Coach Meyer comes to Ohio State that would be great, but it really doesn't matter to me. I just really liked the school."

"It really didn't have anything to do with my decision at all," he said, referring to Meyer. "Coach Drayton couldn't say if he will be there for sure next year or not, and I hope he is, but I just want to get up there next summer and compete, no matter who the coaches are."

Southward, a two-star prospect from one of Florida's top high school programs, took the time to describe his game.

"I'm just a play-maker, and I can make plays in big games," he stressed. "I can play under pressure and still keep focused and compete hard. I am in the film room all the time, and I'm always looking to get better. I look at my mistakes and try to always improve as a player. To the Ohio State fans out there, I just want to say "Go Bucks."


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