Signing Day Impact Nick Vannett

Westerville (OH) Central's Nick Vannett has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and the four-star tight end is a welcome addition to the Buckeye program. Vannett committed to Ohio State last summer, following a whirlwind unofficial visit tour, choosing the Buckeyes over Virginia Tech and others.

Ohio State has received a letter of intent from Westerville (OH) Central tight end Nick Vannett, and the four-star prospect only adds to the high ranking of the 2011 Buckeye recruiting class. Vannett, 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, is an imposing target for quarterbacks.

Vannett will arrive at Ohio State behind Jake Stoneburner and Reid Fragel, and also will compete with fellow freshman Jeff Heuerman, with the latter already enrolled in school.

Although he was a late arrival on the recruiting scene, Vannett put together an extremely impressive offer list, once his film made the rounds of various college recruiters. Once that film got out, the offers started pouring in, from all across the country.


Vannett is unlike the recent tight ends at Ohio State, and his size and athleticism set him apart from what we have come to expect from the Buckeyes. He has the potential to be a combination of both Stoneburner and Fragel, emphasizing the strengths of both players. Right off the bat, he could be a third-down option, and a reliable weapon down the seam of the defense. He has the size to be a devastating blocker, with the speed to be an effective receiver.

"Good athlete wrapped into a nice, tall frame. He has the room to add weight and will need to bulk up and add strength, but he already shows well as a blocker. He has good technique, solid footwork and good leverage. As a receiver, he can stretch the field down the seam and shows good awareness and understanding of coverages. He finds open spots and has reliable hands as well as good toughness and ability after the catch," - Allen Trieu.

Vannett on his future:

When you are a high school football player growing up within miles of the Ohio State football complex, getting a Buckeye offer means you definitely accept it, correct?

For Nick Vannett, it certainly worked out that way, but not before several unofficial visits, to consider many of the schools that offered him a scholarship.

"Ohio State was the right place for me, and I think I knew that all along, but I felt like I needed to check out all my options," Vannett began. "The main reason I chose Ohio State was the people involved, like the coaching staff and the players. I also felt comfortable with the other recruits in my class, especially Jeff Heuerman (Naples, Fla.)."

"Going there last Saturday for camp just sealed my decision for me," he continued. "I just felt so comfortable around everybody. I have to say Jeff Heuerman played a big part in my decision. We became friends, and he kept trying to recruit me to Ohio State, even though we play the same spot. I could end up taking playing time from, or he could do the same thing to me, but it just didn't matter to either of us. We both want to be Buckeyes, and we want what's best for the team, so it made my decision very easy. Those are the kind of people I want to be around for the next four or five years."

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