Nation's Top-Ranked DT Taron Vincent Gives His Word to Ohio State

Taron Vincent, the nation's very best at defensive tackle for the class of 2018, teamed up with the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday evening.

Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes just hit the jackpot by scooping up a commitment from Taron Vincent, the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle for the class of 2018.

Vincent, a product of the talent-loaded Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy who has been leaning towards the Buckeyes for nearly a year, is also labeled as the 21st-ranked player overall on Scout.

Florida State was also under heavy consideration, but it just wasn't enough to edge out the school residing in Columbus, Ohio.

"It was just the relationship I have with the coaching staff, and how they talked with me and my parents about my plan and how they're going to develop me as a man and player," Vincent said.

"They're just a blue-collar program. They accepted me with open arms, welcomed me to the family, and I know they care about me."

The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Vincent, who journeyed through OSU's campus this past Wednesday and Thursday, says a certain relationship with one of the staff members played a pivotal role in his decision.

"Coach (Larry) Johnson, the d-line coach, I've known him since middle school and he recruited by brother when he was at Penn State," Vincent said. "I know he produces d-linemen, and I just know him better as a man. I know he's going to turn me into a great citizen."

This is a young man who dominates opponents with sheer power and athleticism in the interior of the trenches. Vincent, a Maryland native, is quick at the snap of the ball and possesses the suddenness to read and react very well.

Vincent holds his own physically, and really gets underneath opponents with good leverage. His explosion and quickness off the ball often gives him the upper-hand, but developing some go-to moves in the pass game is something to focus on moving forward.

AlabamaFloridaMiami (Fl)AuburnMichiganUCLATexasMaryland and Mississippi are just some of the additional offers on the table for Vincent, who has no visits planned at this time.

The son of former NFL cornerback, Troy Vincent, Vincent becomes the Buckeyes' fifth commitment for the class of 2018.

Stay tuned to Scout for the latest in Vincent's recruitment.

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