If the 2018 rankings are to be looked at this early in the year, Ohio State is currently sitting at number-four nationally with nine commitments including six in the top-100.
Even though he falls outside the top-100, Toledo St. Johns four-star linebacker Dallas Gant is a player that has been high on the recruiting board since landing his Buckeye offer nearly one year ago.
Gant is going to announce his college choice this coming Tuesday, May 16, at his high school at 3:30 p.m. He has listed Ohio State in his top-five, along with Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State.
While the Fighting Irish has done a good recruiting job with Gant, it certainly appears that Ohio State is going to be Tuesday's winner. Former Buckeye assistant Luke Fickell got the ball rolling, and current linebackers coach Bill Davis is primed to land his first big recruiting win.
With the ability to play either outside spot, Gant figures to be a player that just might see the field early for the Buckeyes. He has great size and length, but can also run from sideline to sideline.
A comparison in terms of measurables as a high school senior might be to either current linebacker Dante Booker, or former player Josh Perry.
Added intangibles with Gant would be that he comes from a strong family, is a great student in the classroom, and has played football at a top program like St. Johns.
Should the Buckeyes land Gant Tuesday, and that has been our contention at Scout for over a month, he brings a lot to the table as the second in-state commit to the 2018 recruiting class.