Signing Day Impact: Tracy Sprinkle

It's National Signing Day in America, and recruits are faxing their letters of intent to their schools of choice across the country. Who is in the fold at Ohio State for the class of 2013?

Elyria defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle will be joining former teammate Chase Farris at Ohio State this coming fall.

Sprinkle, 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, will attempt to break into the mix on a defensive line that lost all four starters to graduation. He could play inside or outside for the Buckeyes.

BREAKDOWN: Three things stood out watching Sprinkle Friday night. First off, even though his team was down 31-7 late in the third quarter, Sprinkle continued to play hard and exhorted his teammates to keep battling. They got back into the game, closing to 31-27, and his leadership showed through during the comeback. He could have thrown in the towel, and his teammates would have followed, but he never gave up. This trait will serve him well throughout his career. Secondly, Sprinkle came off the field for one play in the third quarter, and went to the trainer for an inhaler. I do not know if he suffers from asthma, but he only took one play off. He left the field on second down with his team trailing 31-7 in the third quarter. He could have easily stayed on the bench, got his breath, and returned the next series. But, Sprinkle took his air, and rushed backed out on the field for third down and stayed on fourth down to try to block a punt. That was impressive. Lastly, following the game, Sprinkle met with the media and answered the questions. He took responsibility for the loss, which was certainly not the case. He never blamed a coach or a teammate, but stood there like a man and criticized his role as a captain. NFL players could learn from this 17-year old kid. These were three minor examples that stood out to me as positives. - Bill Greene

Athletic player with great initial quickness at the snap. Shows the strength to neutralize blocks but must improve technique to get off blocks when playing the run. Once he is taught a few more techniques he'll be able to use power and finesse when rushing the passer. At this time he beats offensive linemen with speed and the ability to dip his shoulder while keeping his balance. Has frame to play outside or inside at the next level. - Allen Trieu

Sprinkle On Choosing Ohio State: "I told my coach that I wanted to do it because we talked about it," said the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Sprinkle. "I wanted to get it over with, so I called (running backs) Coach Stan Drayton and I told him, he was actually screaming on the phone, he was really excited."

"He was telling me to stay focused and then he gave the phone to Coach Urban Meyer. He was really excited and he told me that I have a big target on my chest and I'm going to have to live with being a Buckeye without even being there yet so I'm going to have to stay focused…"

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