MASSILLON, Ohio - Thayer Munford started his high school career at Cincinnati La Salle, followed head coach Nate Moore to Massillon and will conclude his high school career when he steps on campus at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
A four star offensive tackle, Munford became Ohio State's 21st and according to Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes last commitment in the loaded 2017 class which ranks in the top-five nationally.
Along with a plethora of football players from Massillon Washington, Munford announced his commitment to the Buckeyes in front of around 100 people at the school's media center just after 1 p.m. on Feb. 1. Munford did not receive a scholarship offer from Ohio State until his official visit the weekend of Jan. 20-22 but said once he received the offer, he knew he was coming to Columbus.
"This was my dream school," Munford said. "I had Auburn at first, but that kind of died down. I can't even explain it. It is so overwhelming. It is so ridiculous. I never thought I was going to get to this stage. I never thought that I would have the chance to play at the next level."
Munford added that when he first met with Meyer, he was intimidated, but excited.
"When I first saw him, I was kind of scared I am not going to lie," Munford said. "But I just sat down with him and he was real with me. I loved him right there because he was a straight forward guy and cool to hang around with. It was awesome."
While he was excited about receiving the Ohio State offer and committing to the Buckeyes, Munford said he is especially proud of his improvement in the classroom. He told a group of reporters that he currently holds three A's, two B's and a C in his high school classes. He said that no matter what happens with his football career, he is committed to earning his degree from Ohio State.
"If I get the help that I need, I can be successful in my academic career," Munford said. "The thing I am looking forward to most is to better my academics. That is No. 1 and to better myself as a football player. I got to college and I (will get) my degree. That is the most important thing for me."
Standing 6-foot-6, 325 Munford will play tackle once he arrives on campus, but said he is not sure which side he will work on more. Munford added that while the OSU coaching staff did not discuss in much detail what kind of playing time he can expect to see, he said he is confident he can crack the two-deep in 2017. He said he plans to major in sports management.