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Westerville South Star Jaelen Gill Verbally Commits To Ohio State

Ohio's top running back Jaelen Gill committed to play for his hometown Buckeyes on March 1.

The top running back in the state of Ohio for the 2018 class is staying home. 

Westerville South star running back Jaelen Gill announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State on March 1 at his high school auditorium, making him the fourth Buckeye commit in the 2018 class.

Gill, who missed the majority of his junior year at South due to an ankle injury, plays his high school football no more than 20 minutes away from Ohio State's campus as he became the first in-state prospect Urban Meyer and his staff landed in the 2018 class.  

Gill's high school career has been filled with adversity as he is set to enter his senior season with his third head coach in four seasons. Kyle Stout, who was hired prior to the 2015 season, resigned in January after just two years following a 1-9 record in 2016. Gill suffered his season ending ankle injury in the first half of South's second game of the year against Gahanna Lincoln High School. 

While he has played primarily running back in his high school career, Gill has also lined up as a wide receiver and third down cornerback for South, making him perhaps one of the more versatile athletes in his class. 

Westerville South is no stranger to sending football talent to Ohio State, most notably linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer and fullback Branden Joe. 

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