Posey Finds a Home in Columbus

Many Ohio recruiting pundits got caught sleeping on DeVier Posey, but rest assured the Ohio State coaching staff was well aware of his game. The rangy wide receiver has emerged as one of the top players in the state. In this feature we have some more insight on the reasons behind his early commitment to the Buckeyes.

DeVier Posey, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver from La Salle High in Cincinnati, Ohio issued a verbal commitment to Ohio State at the conclusion of an unofficial visit to the campus on Sunday.

He announced his official intentions this morning at a press conference at the high school.

"It had to be the coaches," Posey said while explaining the ultimate reason why he selected Ohio State over offers from programs like California, Virginia, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

"You know how I had explained to you before that I had wanted to have that family feeling? Well while I was on campus I just felt like I was at home. I felt like I was loved and I felt like I was truly wanted at Ohio State."

Posey has the type of game on the field that is just hard to explain. He ties all of the little intangibles together to become a dangerous threat in any type of offensive set. He can beat you deep or beat you with some wiggle. Either way you are going to get beat.

As a junior, he accounted for over 1,300 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns while on his way to All-Ohio honors.

It is even hard for him to pinpoint one particular style of player to pattern himself after, as he looks up to three very different types of receivers.

"I really try to mix my game up, but I would say that I try to pattern myself after Marvin Harrison, Chad Johnson, and Ted Ginn," Posey said.

"I happen to be 6-foot-3, but I can do some things with the ball. I can go vertical, but I can also work it in the middle. I want to be able to work the guys in or out. I want to setup for the vertical play, but I want that part of my game to set me up for a comeback route."

DeVier's older brother, Julian Posey (Right), plays defensive back for the Ohio Bobcats, and the two teams are set to square off against one another in the fall of 2008.

Posey is definitely using a potential one on one match-up with his brother and mentor as a motivational tool to prepare himself going forward.

"We have already been talking about it," Posey said of the new family rivalry. "I am going to work really hard in track this season, and I am going to work hard during off season football to get myself ready to come in and compete for a spot that first year so I can play in that game."

"At the same time I know it is The Ohio State University. There will always be great players in front of you to beat out, but I am going to work really hard to get myself ready."

Posey has received a lot of help and advice from his mother (Julie) who familiarized herself with the recruiting process just over a year ago with his brother.

Although he has a lot of help with recruiting around the homefront he is very appreciative of his Uncle Clint Haslerig, who has provided him with an abundance of guidance throughout his decision making process.

"My uncle has been walking me through this the whole way," Posey informed. "I talk with him almost everyday."

"He was a highly recruited player from St. Xavier and he played at Michigan and spent nine years in the NFL. He knows exactly what it takes to be successful and exactly what to look for when picking a school.

"He knows that Coach Tressel is a class act, and he did not want to see me playing for any other coach."

While his commitment may put his recruitment on the backburner, Posey is not ready to quit talking about it all together just yet.

"We have guys at La Salle like J.K. Shaffer, Brendan Jones, Dean Walker, Chandler Burden and Kendall Owens who are all probably going to be division one guys," Posey said of his prep teammates. "Owens is really fast. I am telling you he is a legit 4.3 (40-yard dash) type of guy."

Posey is thinking of his future teammates as well, and hopes that his early commitment allows him to help out with other top prospects who are left on the board.

"I think that we have the chance to have something really special with this class," Posey admitted. "I think by the time it is all done we could end up with the top ranked class."

Posey will be the first football player from La Salle High to play for the Buckeyes.

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