Ezell Has Buckeyes In His Top Two

Ohio State has already received a camp visit from Pennsylvania defensive end Tyrone Ezell, and it looks like another will be on tap in the fall. That's not all that surprising considering Ezell lists the Buckeyes in his top two schools at this point in the game.

It seems like there aren't a lot of names left on the Ohio State recruiting radar, what with 24 verbal commitments already in the fold, but a few spots are still open.

One of the names still floating around belongs to defensive end Tyrone Ezell, a four-star recruit and Scout's No. 23 defensive end in the country. The Munhall (Pa.) Steel Valley prospect was at Ohio State for the June senior advanced camp and plans to return on an official visit in the fall.

"It was OK," he said of his trip for the camp. "I liked it. I liked the coaches and stuff."

Ohio State will be just one of the schools the 6-4, 248-pounder figures to trip to during the regular season.

"Probably for sure Ohio State and Pitt," he said. "Colorado, I might check them out. It depends on how I feel after I take those two. Maybe if I still feel like going somewhere I'll take a look at Illinois or Virginia."

Not coincidentally, the two schools he says he'll visit for sure are the two at the top of his list at the moment, although the two are not exactly equal.

"Those are the top two at this point," he said. "I would say Pitt is ahead right now."

One of the main reasons Pittsburgh has a lead is his familiarity with Dave Wannstedt's program, as Munhall is a Pittsburgh suburb and only minutes down the Monongahela River from downtown and the Pitt campus.

"It's close, for one," Ezell said. "I like the coaches down there. I've known them for like three years, going on three years now. I like the way they run their defense."

Meanwhile, Ohio State is sort of new on the recruiting radar after he received an offer from OSU in mid-May. When Ezell returns for an official visit in the future, he hopes to continue learning about the school.

"I haven't seen everything about Ohio State yet, so I really don't know everything I need to know," Ezell said. "I know everything I should know about Pitt and probably more, but Ohio State, I'm getting used to them. I really don't know too much about them. That's why I would say Pitt is ahead. That's why I want to take my official visit and find out more."

Ezell finished his junior campaign with 122 tackles and nine sacks. Currently, he's working to improve not just on those totals but to lead his team to a state title.

"The goal is just to make it to the state championship," he said. "Right now the goal is to get better because we lost a lot of top players, so right that's the goal, to get better and take each game as it comes."

Ohio State already has commitments from four defensive linemen in tackles John Simon and Adam Bellamy and ends Jonathan Newsome and Melvin Fellows.

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