ACCOLADES: A first-team Associated Press Class 6A all-state pick as a senior, Werner originally committed to Notre Dame before flipping to the Buckeyes in mid-December. He missed three games due to a hip injury but tallied 64 tackles and eight sacks in 2016 as a safety and finished third in the voting for Mr. Football honors in the state of Indiana. He was rated by Scout.com the No. 1 outside linebacker in the Midwest region.
WERNER SAYS: “I chose The Ohio State University because of its winning tradition and strong academic reputation. I have discovered through this process that Coach Meyer and his staff outwork their competition. It is clear that they love to win and hate to lose. So do I. That is what drives me to be great.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “This (commitment) was done the day after the Michigan game. Werner is one heck of a player, and I wish the excitement level was higher with him among the recruit-niks. He can play linebacker at a high level, and Ohio State wanted him very badly.” – Bill Greene
PERSONAL: Werner is the son of Nancy and Greg Werner, and his father played football and baseball at DePauw University where he is in the school’s athletics Hall of Fame. Greg also played two seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. Pete’s older brother, Dan, plays football for Harvard.
2017 OUTLOOK: Werner joins a pretty crowded linebacker group. Junior Jerome Baker, fourth-year junior Dante Booker and fifth-year senior Chris Worley will almost assuredly be the starting trio of linebackers this fall. After those three, redshirt freshman Tuf Borland, early enrollee Baron Browning, third-year sophomores Nick Conner and Justin Hilliard and sophomores Malik Harrison and Keandre Jones will be fighting with Werner for playing time. Given the talent this position group possesses, a redshirt could be a possibility for Werner.
COMMIT DATE: Dec. 11, 2016
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