An area of need for the Ohio State Buckeyes this recruiting season is at defensive tackle. One of the fastest-rising tackles in the nation, Josh Brent of Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois, is a primary target of the Buckeyes and is showing plenty of interest in return.
Brent (6-3, 305) recently took an unofficial visit to Michigan and came back saying the Buckeyes were still his leader. He is also interested in Illinois.
"I was up at Michigan but that was an unofficial," he said. "I have set up an official for December 1st. I will visit Ohio State on December 8th. I don't know if I will set up any others. I am not sure. It is a possibility."
Brent discussed the possibility of playing early with the need for defensive tackles at OSU.
"Depth charts really don't mean that much though I have been made aware of
the likelihood of early playing time at Ohio State," he said. "(Defensive
coordinator Jim Heacock) stays in touch regularly. There are a lot of great
players in Ohio but Ohio State is coming out of state to recruit me. That tells
me they think I can play there so the depth chart is a minor thing."
Reports are that Brent is having a fine senior year. Through seven games, he had 29 tackles, 17 TFL and five sacks.
"Well, I learned a lot this summer," he said. "I am just putting that to good
use. We are 7-1 and will make the playoffs. Our last game is this weekend. We
are only playing 9 games."
After taking his December visits, Brent may elect to make a final choice.
"I will not wait until signing day," he said. "I will take all my visits and sit down and make a decision."
Brent is currently ranked as the No. 9 national defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com.