The Buckeyes just placed two linebackers in the NFL draft, have another group of players at the position looking good through the spring, and are well on their way to continuing to put high-quality players on the field at that position for years to come.
OSU already had two players listed as linebackers by Scout.com committed in the class of 2010 before Saturday, but the Buckeyes proved they weren't done when they picked up a verbal commitment from the nation's No. 12 middle linebacker, Scott McVey of Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The star of the traditional northeast Ohio power gave his pledge to Ohio State and hopes to continue along the legacy at the position in Columbus.
"Just talking to (linebackers coach Luke) Fickell a couple of months ago, he said I'm being recruited as like a Will linebacker," McVey said. "Just like A.J. Hawk and James Laurinaitis, they're nationally known with just how well they've done and everything."
McVey, a three-star prospect, described Ohio State as the front runner for his services when the first offer he picked up was from the Buckeyes in the days after he was named the MVP of Ohio's high school football championship weekend by Scout.com. In the Division I title game against Cincinnati Elder, McVey led the Wildcats to the championship by making 12 tackles and five sacks.
He continued to be a Buckeye lean before deciding last week to pull the trigger for Ohio State. McVey then told head coach Jim Tressel of his plans in a morning meeting before Saturday's spring game.
"I made my decision that I was going to commit to Ohio State probably about a week ago, and when I went down and talked to Coach Tressel, it just assured it again," he said. "I think they were kind of expecting it, but I don't know. They were definitely happy to hear it."
"It's definitely one of the better programs in the country," McVey said. "I'd love the opportunity to play under Coach Tressel. I've always been an Ohio State fan, and just going into the recruiting process, I've always kind of favored Ohio State but I tried to keep an open mind. I realize Ohio State is the best place for me."
Meeting with coaches like Tressel and Fickell helped confirm that choice.
"I definitely felt really comfortable down there," he said. "Everyone is supportive and they expect you to do great things not just on the football field but off. They strive for the best down there."
With committing out of the way, McVey went on to enjoy the OSU spring game, which was played in front of a national record of more than 95,000 fans. The St. Ignatius prospect said he enjoyed the crowd, which was similar to that at the Youngstown State game in 2008 that he had attended.
"The atmosphere down there was great," he said. "I was kind of shocked to see how many people came down for a spring game. The stadium was almost full and everyone is ready for the season to start already. It was just a great environment down there."
News of his commitment spread quickly throughout Columbus as well as up Interstate 71 to his hometown.
"Once I committed, probably like an hour after everyone back home was already calling me and texting me," he said. "Everyone around who is an Ohio State fan, they all came up to me and said congratulations and welcome. It's definitely a very comforting feeling."