Buckeye For Life

OSU fans have been dreaming of visions of the "Block-O". The talented quartet of offensive linemen that included Mike Adams, Kyle Long, Mike Brewster and J.B. Shugarts were given the nickname by fans of the Buckeyes. Adams was the first to commit. Over the weekend, Brewster decided it was his time. Now, Shugarts has pulled the trigger for the Buckeyes as well. The "Block-O" is almost complete....

J.B. Shugarts, a 6-foot-8, 307-pound offensive tackle from Klein High in Texas announced his intentions this afternoon at a press conference at Klein High School.

Before discussing his future plans, the "Lone Star State's" top offensive lineman wanted to make sure that he gave proper acknowledgement to all of the people in his community who have been helping him throughout the recruiting process.

"I would like to thank my team mates, my coaches, my Head Coach Stan Labay and everyone that supports the Klein Football program because without them this could not be possible for me," Shugarts said.

Shugarts selected the Buckeyes over offers from programs like Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Despite the fact his heart is with Ohio State, he still made some strong connections throughout the process with all of the other programs that took the time to build a relationship with him.

"I feel very blessed and fortunate to have been recruited by some of the top football programs in the country and I want to thank all those that believed in me and offered me a scholarship," Shugarts explained of his feelings about the other schools.

"I especially want to thank Art Kehoe the current O-line Coach at Mississippi who worked with me for three years at the Down and Dirty Lineman Camp to develop my skills."

"I also, want to thank the coaches from my final schools," he continued. "Coach (Dennis) Franchione and (Jim Bob) Helduser at Texas A&M, Coach (Bob) Stoops and (James) Patton at Oklahoma, Coach (Urban) Meyer and (Dan) Mullen at Florida and Coach (Les) Miles and (Bradley Dale) Peveto at LSU. These are some of the best coaches in college football and I appreciated all they have done for me during this process."

"All of my final schools gave me the opportunities I was looking for: great tradition, the ability to play early and win National Championships each year, great coaching and excellent academics and career opportunities after football."

In the end, it was Ohio State that climbed to the top of Shugarts recruiting list, and after a tremendous unofficial visit for the Buckeye's spring game, he decided that his future was in Columbus.

"One school stood out above the rest and is the right fit for me," Shugarts said of his decision. "I am honored and proud to pledge my commitment to Coach Tressel and The Ohio State University."

"I am 110% Buckeye and can't wait to get started but my teammates and I have unfinished business to take care of first, a state championship to win for Klein Football. After that I plan on graduating early and enrolling in January."

Shugarts, who camped at OSU last summer, is itching to get back up to Columbus for this year's senior advanced camp.

"This summer I plan on attending camp and working with Coach Bollman," Shugarts informed of his summer plans. "He is an awesome O-Line Coach. I am also ready to get in the weight room and work with Coach Lichter, he is as intense as they get. Also, all of my new team mates will be at camp too."

Shugarts, a pre-camp four-star prospect, checks in as the No. 6 player in the Southwest Region and the No. 29 player in America according to Scout.com.

Scout Combine Co-director and Regional Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels, a former college defensive lineman, says that it is easy to see why Shugarts should be considered as one of the very best.

"Shugarts is one of the top five offensive tackle prospects that I have seen anywhere in the country," Lichtenfels said. "You add Shugarts with Adams and you have the best pair of tackles committing to one school that I have seen in my five years in the business.

"Couple that with the nation's top center in Mike Brewster and you can see the Buckeyes are positioning themselves to be national championship contenders for a while."

"Shugarts is very athletic on film," Lichtenfels explained. "He has a great frame that will allow him to easily add 30-pounds to it. Pair that up with his reach and you have one heck of a tackle prospect. As good as his film is, it really does not do him enough justice. When we saw him in San Antonio you could see that he plays the game with nasty intentions and in my opinion that is one characteristic that a lot of analysts don't scrutinize enough. You can teach technique and feet. You can't teach a player to be mean."

The Buckeyes have now secured commitments from three of the country's top offensive lineman, Mike Adams, Michael Brewster and Shugarts.

In addition to three aforementioned linemen Ohio State has also secured commits from three other Top 100 prospects in WR DeVier Posey, WR Jacob Stoneburner and RB Devoe Torrence and the Midwest's top kicker Ben Buchanan.

With a strong core of early commitments, it is apparent that the Buckeyes will have one of the highest rated classes, but Shugarts believes the fun is just beginning.

"Brewster, Adams, Stoney and I will help finish recruit the class," Shugarts explained of his desire to help make the class as good as it can be.

"The last piece of the "Block O" is Josh Jenkins and we want Terrelle Pryor to come and be our QB. I am recruiting one of my best buddies, Sam McGuffie, from Texas to come. He is an unbelievable athlete and is dangerous with the ball."

"I am so excited to be a Buckeye for life and come win some National Championships for the Buckeye Nation."

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