Whiting is OSU's First 2009 Commit

Louisville Trinity's Jordan Whiting became the first Ohio State commit for 2009 when he informed Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel that he wanted to be a Buckeye today. Bill Greene has more on the Whiting decision.

Jordan Whiting will play his college football for Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Whiting, of Louisville Trinity, committed to the Buckeyes today. He was offered a scholarship by Ohio State after summer camp.

"I definitely committed to Ohio State today," Whiting announced. "I spoke to Jim Tressel today and told him I wanted to accept his offer. He told me he was glad I made it official and welcomed me into the Buckeye family. I couldn't make it to the game today but I also talked with Greg Gillum and Luke Fickell by phone."

Whiting is also a close friend with Licking Valley's Storm Klein, who also has received a Buckeye scholarship offer. He said his friendship with Klein wasn't a big factor in his decision.

"Storm and I are great friends," Whiting admitted. "We just met last summer though, and Ohio State has been my dream school since I was a young kid. I really admired A. J. Hawk and want to be a part of the program he played for."

Whiting is being recruited as a linebacker, so he will get the opportunity to emulate his hero at Ohio State. He talked about where Ohio State intends to play him on defense.

"Coach Tressel said they want me at linebacker, but he didn't specify which spot specifically," he said. "I believe I could play either outside spot. It really doesn't matter to me where I play."

Whiting, 6' 1" and 227 pounds, spoke about why he feels he has drawn the interest of college recruiters. Whiting has offers from Kentucky, Stanford and others.

"The coaches like the fact that I'm a very physical and I try to study the game and want to be known as an intelligent football player," he said. "I have good speed and try to fly to the football. I also try to be a leader on the field and always try to encourage my teammates."

Whiting did talk with Klein today and the two have discussed playing together at Ohio State. They spent a weekend together last month and have grown to be close friends.

"Storm and I get along really well, " Whiting stated. "I spent some time at his house and we had a great time. Of course we talked about playing together at Ohio State. He knew I would be committing soon but I have no idea when Storm will decide. I'd be surprised if he went anywhere other than Ohio State. We went to an Ohio State scrimmage a few weeks ago and we talked about what it would be like to play in the stadium together some day. I think Storm and I could do good things together for the Buckeyes. Right now I just want to have a great year for my high school. I know college is a long way away, but my decision is final. I'm totally positive that Ohio State is the place for me and I have been for a long time."

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