Small Issues Verbal To Ohio State

Cleveland Glenville wide receiver/defensive back Ray Small committed to Ohio State on Monday. This national top-100 prospect picked the Buckeyes over USC, Tennessee and Michigan State. He becomes OSU's 20th verbal commitment and the seventh top-100 prospect in this class.

Cleveland Glenville wide receiver/defensive back Ray Small ended the suspense on Monday and issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State, according to Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr.

"He's done," Ginn said. "He called the coaches and left a message. He called Coach Tressel and left a message. Coach Tressel and everybody else there called him back. They're excited."

Small (5-11, 170, 4.4) becomes the 20th verbal commitment in an OSU class that could number as many as 22 players on national signing day next Wednesday.

He is ranked as the nation's 98th-best prospect overall and No. 11 cornerback by Scout.com. He is also considered the No. 6 prospect overall in Ohio by Ohio High magazine.

He is the third Glenville player in this class, joining teammates DE Robert Rose and OL Bryant Browning. He would be the seventh Glenville player, potentially, on the OSU roster in 2006. He would join QB Troy Smith, WR Ted Ginn Jr., LB Curtis Terry and DB Jamario O'Neal.

Small has a reported test score of 16 on the ACT and Ginn Sr. indicated he still has some work to do to qualify.

Small also took official visits to USC, Tennessee and Michigan State.

He was selected to the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team. As a senior, he scored 16 touchdowns on and had 1,200 all-purpose yards as Glenville posted a 12-1 mark. He had four returns for scores and the rest were on offense.

"I've got great burst of speed on my breaks, a lot of quickness and a lot of vision," Small said prior to his senior year. "I want to work on catching more passes this season and also doing more DB drills."

Small joins fellow top-100 player Thaddeus Gibson, a linebacker from Euclid, in committing to the Buckeyes on Monday. They are among seven top-100 prospects in the 2006 OSU class. They join RB Chris Wells, OL Connor Smith, LB Mark Johnson, LB Ross Homan and Rose.

Only USC (11 top-100 verbals) and Florida (nine) have more top-100 players than Ohio State.

Gary Housteau contributed to this report.


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