Signing Day Impact: Shaq Rowell

Shawntel Rowell is a Buckeye. It took a while but Rowell finally got the offer he wanted and he has signed with Ohio State. Rowell, along with teammate Jermil Martin, insures that the Cleveland Glenville pipeline to Columbus remains open. Bill Greene has more on Rowell.

Shawntel Rowell, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle, selected the Buckeyes over Iowa and others. As a senior he played mostly at offensive guard, as he did what his team needed him to do.


Rowell the next Shaun Smith? (Getty Images)

Defensive tackle was a huge need for Ohio State in the 2008 recruiting class. The additions of Rowell and Garrett Goebel enable the Buckeyes to fill that need. Rowell might need a year to tone his body in the weight room, but should be able to contribute once he gets in playing shape. Keeping his weight under control will be the goal for Rowell to reach his potential at Ohio State.

Pro Comparison:

Shaun Smith, Cleveland Browns Like Smith, Rowell has the ability to be a space-eater in the middle of the defense. Rowell should be able to control the running game with his physical presence and wide body. Smith had 62 tackles and recorded 2 sacks in 2007 for the Browns.

Rowell on His Future:

Rowell told BSB's Adam Jardy that he can be productive at Ohio State. "Just being there,my presence on the field. I feel like I can bring something to the table just like any other player could. My size helps me to be more powerful. Also, I'm big and it's hard for somebody to move me off my feet.'

Speaking of the opportunity to play at Ohio State, Rowell told Jardy that he is extremely grateful. "It just feels great," Rowell said. "It's another opportunity in my life. There's many more to go. It's just part of the journey I'm going on. I'm just really enjoying it. You just keep trying to complete goals as you get older."

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