Signing Day Impact Ryan Shazier

When Ohio State persuaded Ryan Shazier to switch his commitment from Florida, it sent shockwaves across the recruiting world, and also gave a much-needed boost to the Buckeye linebacking corps. Shazier, a four-star recruit, enrolled in January and will participate in spring football.

Ryan Shazier gave Ohio State the outside, speed-rusher they have been lacking from the linebacker position recently, and the commitment of the Plantation (FLA) star was certainly a coup for linebackers coach Luke Fickell.

Shazier, 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, will need to make the adjustment from playing with his hand on the ground in high school, but he seemed to take to the position well during the Under Armour week of practice last month.

Although Ohio State has several outside linebackers returning, such as Dorian Bell, Andrew Sweat, Johnathon Newsome, Scott McVey, and others, Shazier stand a good chance of seeing the field early, as a third-down, blitzing linebacker.


Shazier's strength right now is his speed, and it is blinding for a man his size. His first step is a blur, and he is quite adept at making his way through traffic to the quarterback. Although he will need to be taught pass coverage and will also need to add strength and bulk, there is no doubting his speed off the edge.

"Shazier is a very good athlete and he's shined at defensive end on the high school level, but he will drop back to linebacker in college. He will still have speed at that position, but he will need to work on shedding blocks and dropping into coverage. He has shown solid instincts in 7on7 events this spring/summer, but the position will be new to him. He is best when turned loose off the edge to rush the quarterback. Speed is his biggest weapon," Scott Kennedy.

Shazier on his decision:

Star linebacker Ryan Shazier just delivered an early Christmas present to Jim Tressel, by announcing Friday night that would be playing his college football for Ohio State. Shazier was committed to Florida, before announcing Friday morning that he would not be playing for the Gators.

After narrowing his choices to Ohio State and LSU, Shazier made the announcement Friday evening, at his graduation party.

"I have committed to Ohio State, and that's where I will be playing college football," Shazier stated Friday evening. "I've never been happier, or felt better, than I do right now. I loved the atmosphere and their facilities a lot. Their players were great guys, especially Etienne Sabino who was so great to me and my dad the whole time."

"My family and I have such a great feeling about Jim Tressel, and my dad and I talked it over last night and decided Ohio State was the best place for me," he added. "We also love (linebackers coach) Luke Fickell, and think he's a great mentor for me, on and off the field."

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