Cooper Becomes Fourth 2016 Commit

Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln four-star prospect Jonathon Cooper is Ohio State's newest commit.

While the 2015 class at Ohio State got off to a slow start, the 2016 crop is experiencing no such troubles. The Buckeyes grabbed commitment No. 4 when Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln four-star prospect Jonathon Cooper gave his verbal pledge.

By contrast, the fourth commitment for OSU's class of 2015 came on June 8, 2014.

Cooper is listed as an outside linebacker by -- he is rated No. 6 at his position and is the No. 101 overall prospect nationally -- but also possesses the ability to play defensive end. It was at that spot where he earned his offer when he participated at the Friday Night Lights camp in Ohio Stadium in late July.

"They offered me as a defensive end, and I was told the news by Coach (Larry) Johnson," Cooper said at the time. "I was kind of surprised to be offered, but I knew I did really well at the camp," he added. "Being inside the stadium at night was amazing, and the atmosphere was very special. Coach Johnson offered me at the end of the camp, so it was a perfect night for me."

Cooper made his first game visit for the Ohio State-Virginia Tech contest and came away impressed with what the Buckeyes had to offer despite the loss.

"It was my first time ever being at Ohio State and it was really cool," Cooper said at the time. "The atmosphere was impressive, and the fans were very supportive. They stuck with them right to the end."

"I really watched the defensive line, mainly to see what Coach Johnson was doing with them. They all did a great job, especially Bosa, and he had a few great hits on the quarterback."

The 6-3, 215-pounder also held offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Notre Dame among others.

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