Signing Day Impact DerJuan Gambrell

DerJuan Gambrell was a part of the five-man commitment blitz in March, and was just as unknown as a few of his teammates in that run, but his athletic ability is unquestioned. The Toledo Rogers four-star is versatlie enough to play several positions, and should start out at cornerback.

Like a few of his new teammates, DerJuan Gambrell didn't wait too long before he accepted Ohio State's scholarship offer, and "PeeWee" became the fifth commit in the class during the March blitz.

Gambrell, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, compares favorably to Devon Torrence at the same age, and the departure of Torrence and Chimdi Chekwa from the Ohio State defensive backfield creates opportunity for the Toledo Rogers star.

After having played runningback, tailback, wide receiver, safety cornerback, and starring in the return game, Gambrell figures to fit the Ohio State perfectly, because the Buckeye coaches crave versatility.


Gambrell missed time as a senior due to injury, and was forced to play many positions in high school, so he might benefit from a red-shirt year, to concentrate on learning one position, but his talent fits with the other defensive back prospects at Ohio State.

While he might be a little behind in his development, there is no doubting his overall athletic ability, and the capability of being a game-changer, because of his size/speed combination. If he takes well to being coached, the sky is the limit for Gambrell.

"Rare combination of height as well as hips and speed. Has a knack for making plays with the ball in the air. He's a kid who will not just pick it off, but is liable to run it back. He could be more aggressive in run support, but has the size to improve in that area. All in all, his size and athleticism give him tremendous upside for the next level." - Allen Trieu

Gambrell on his future:

Ohio State placed a written scholarship offer in the hands of Toledo (OH) Rogers star athlete DerJuan Gambrell Monday afternoon. The offer was the second for Gambrell, who is a relative unknown to the recruiting world.

"I was offered a scholarship by Ohio State, and I'm very excited to receive that offer," Gambrell said of his offer. "I visited on Monday with my head coach, Rick Rios, and we met with the Ohio State coaching staff, and toured their facilities. We also saw the campus, and spent time talking about what I'm looking for in a college."

"After telling them how important it is to me, and my family, that I get a college degree, they put a written offer in my hand," he continued. "I was offered by Toledo earlier. I grew up rooting for Ohio State, and this means a lot to me. This offer came as a complete surprise to me, and they are my favorite college team. I was there for the USC game, and loved everything about that game, except the outcome. I'd love to play in that type of game some day."

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