Signing Day Impact: Andrew Sweat

Andrew Sweat is a Buckeye. The signing of Sweat ensures that the Buckeye linebacker position will continue to be a strength of the team in the near future. Sweat, one of the top linebackers in the country, has faxed his letter of intent to Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Bill Greene has more on the signing of Andrew Sweat.

Andrew Sweat, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker from Trinity High in Washington, Pa, selected Ohio State over schools like Penn State and Florida. As a senior, Sweat racked up 113 tackles, forced five fumbles and added four sacks.

BREAKDOWN:

Adding speed and strength at the linebacker spot is always a good thing, and Sweat brings both to the table. He could see time at either the middle or strong side linebacker spots. The Buckeyes lose Larry Grant at one linebacker spot, so Sweat could come in and battle Adam Homan for that spot. Sweat could also make a mark, early on, on special teams.


Sweat the next James Farrior? (Getty Images)

Pro Comparison: James Farrior, Pittsburgh Steelers

Sweat is roughly the same size Farrior was as a college star at Virginia. Like Farrior, Sweat is a versatile player, who could be just as effective playing inside or outside linebacker. Farrior led the Steelers with 94 tackles in 2007.

Sweat on His Future:

The strength of Andrew Sweat is his tremendous versatility. It's a trait that Ohio State linebackers coach Luke Fickell recognized.

"Coach Fickell said I could play any of the three linebacker positions," Sweat said. "He said they like the fact that I'm a versatile football player."

Sweat is also thrilled to have the opportunity to play for Ohio State, and head coach Jim Tressel.

"Coach Tressel is the best coach in the country, in my opinion," Sweat said. "I just have so much respect for what he's accomplished, and the classy manner in which he conducts himself. I met a lot of great coaches throughout my recruiting, but I never met anyone that could compare to Jim Tressel as a man. I'm just a lucky guy to have all this happen for me, and I know that. I can't wait to get my career started at Ohio State with all the great guys in this recruiting class. I think it's going to be a great ride."

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