Tanner is also a tremendous student in the classroom, and a future leader in the community, in addition to being an excellent football. It's premature to begin discussing future captains before players have played a down of football, but Tanner is exactly that type of individual.
The depth chart at safety would appear to be wide-open, with the loss of both Jermale Hines and Aaron Gant, so it would seem that either Tanner or fellow freshman Jeremy Cash will be in the two-deep, possibly both.
Tanner, as with Cash, is an extremely bright individual, and is a player that should be able to pick up the Ohio State system fairly quickly. His strength would be his play-making ability, either via a big hit, and making a play on the ball in the air. Like most young safety prospects, Tanner will need to learn better coverage skills at this level.
"A strong safety type, Tanner prefers to knock the man from the ball, rather than the ball from the man. A big hitter with good timing on his breaks, Tanner has good instincts in the defensive backfield and awareness in part because of his work as a quarterback as well as safety. Shows a good change of direction while in coverage or playing closer to the line of scrimmage. An asset against the run because of his willingness to hit," Scott Kennedy.
Tanner's mom on his decision:
Kim Tanner took the time to discuss her feelings on the Ohio State coaching staff, and head coach Jim Tressel, in particular.
"I just think he's such a wonderful man, and we all respect him so much," she stated. "I have read his book, and I've read a lot about Coach Tressel. We want Ron to be around a Godly man as his head coach, and that is Jim Tressel. These are all men that will guide him in the right direction, and the best thing about Ohio State is that they stress their doors are always open. They always encourage us to call with any questions or problems."
"We've also gotten to know (assistant coach) Paul Haynes very well, and we think the world of him," Mrs. Tanner said. "He is a good man, and that means a lot to us, because we are a Christian family. Coach Haynes is also a no-nonsense type of coach, and we want that for Ron. If he has to holler at Ron, it's because he wants to get more out of him. I want him to be pushed and encouraged to get better."
As someone who has been actively involved in the recruiting process, Kim Tanner offered some advice for others who are about to become involved with their own children.
"I would stress to make sure your child is strong academically, and that has to be number one," she exclaimed. "That makes everything else go so much easier. If you have your academics in order, and your child has athletic skills, there are so many possibilities out there. You have to take an active role in your child's recruitment, and there is plenty of help available on-line."