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Ohio State pulls in 23 for 2011 recruiting class

By Dan Published: February 2, 2011

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Even though one recruit was arrested and his future is in question, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was pleased with the 23 players who signed letters of intent Wednesday to be Buckeyes.

Offensive line recruit Chris Carter was arrested on Tuesday for alleged sexual imposition of girls at his Cleveland high school. He was not listed as a signee and his future at Ohio State is in limbo.

The Buckeyes got a late surprise, though, when defensive back Doran Grant from Akron signed on Wednesday morning.

The headliner of the team is acclaimed quarterback Braxton Miller out of Wayne High School, near Dayton, Ohio.

No running backs were brought in, but Ohio State signed five defensive linemen, four defensive backs and four linebackers.

Here are Ohio State's signees:

Mike Bennett

DL, Centerville HS, Centerville, Ohio

First team Division I all-Ohio, all-southwest Ohio two-time GWOC conference player of year team captain helped coach Ron Ullery's Elks post a 9-3 record and reach the regional semifinals broke the school record for knockdowns by 150 in his career U.S. Army All-American Bowl 2011 Team USA vs. The World Game USA Today all-USA also a track and field letterman, making the state quarterfinals in shot put and discus

Brian Bobek

C, William Fremd HS, Inverness, Ill.

Three-year starter for coach Mike Donatucci at Palatine's Fremd High U.S. Army All-American Bowl Parade All-America first team all-state from Chicago Tribune, Champaign News Gazette, Rivals, Daily Herald Chicago Sun-Times all-suburban Cook County conference champion in shot put and discus ... father was an Iowa lineman and mother played women's basketball for the Hawkeyes brother Jeff is a Michigan State fullback

Tommy Brown

OL, Akron Firestone HS, Akron, Ohio

First team all-Ohio, all-city, all-district as an exceptional two-way lineman recorded 58 tackles, 22 sacks, one safety on defense as a Falcon senior all-academic and most valuable lineman for coach Tim Flossie city champion in shot put and discus plans to enroll at Ohio State for the spring quarter

Jeremy Cash

DB, Plantation HS, Plantation, Fla.

Recorded 96 tackles, 23 TFL, 7 sacks, 5 forced fumbles as a junior for coach Steve Davis missed five games as a senior with a knee injury Offense-Defense Bowl also a track and basketball letterman enrolled at Ohio State in January

Conner Crowell

LB, North Point HS, Waldorf, Md.

Totaled 212 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 interceptions during his junior and senior seasons four-year varsity letterman who also played fullback for coach Ken Lane's Eagles Washington Post all-metro

Chase Farris

DE, Elyria HS, Elyria, Ohio

First team all-Ohio player on both sides of the football team, county, conference, district defensive lineman of year all-Lorain, all-northeast Ohio, all-district teams recorded 95 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 31 TFL as a senior for coach Steve Hamilton defensive MVP of Offense-Defense Bowl Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game also a basketball letterman

DerJuan Gambrell

CB, Rogers HS, Toledo, Ohio

First team all-city, all-Blade, all-district for coach Rick Rios missed four games as a senior due to injury, but still accounted for 551 yards, 7 TD rushing and 24 tackles Offense-Defense Bowl, Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game regional champion at 400 meters brother Darryl runs track at Arizona State

Curtis Grant

LB, Hermitage HS, Richmond, Va.

Three-year all-Richmond metro defender 134 tackles, 15 TFL, 6 sacks as a senior for coach Patrick Kane Parade All-America and USA Today all-USA leading tackler for the East in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Doran Grant

CB, St. Vincent-St. Mary HS, Akron, Ohio

Two-time all-state honoree for coach Dan Boarman recorded 203 tackles, 6 interceptions for the Irish, along with 88 catches for 1,115 yards and 25 TD Under Armour All-American Game, Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game USA Today all-USA Dapper Dan selection state champion in the 110m outdoor and 60m indoor hurdles also a basketball letterman father was a receiver at Michigan State

Joel Hale

DT, Center Grove HS, Greenwood, Ind.

Recorded 40 tackles and 9 forced fumbles as a senior defensive line Mr. Football for state of Indiana all-county, all-MICC conference, all-state for coach Eric Moore enrolled at Ohio State in January

Kenny Hayes

DE, Whitmer HS, Toledo, Ohio

District defensive player of the year 47 tackles, 11 TFL, 7 sacks and a blocked kick for the 12-2 Panthers all-state, all-Toledo City League, all-district, all-Blade for coach Joe Palka Offense-Defense Bowl all-city in basketball

Bryce Haynes

LS, Pinecrest Academy, Cumming, Ga.

Rated as the nation's top prep prospect at that position first team GISA all-region playing defensive end for coach Charles Wiggins also a basketball and track letterman

Jeff Heuerman

TE, Barron Collier HS, Naples, Fla.

Team captain for coach Mark Ivey's Cougars all-conference, all-area and all-district as a senior his teams won 3 district 3A titles in 4 years father played basketball at Michigan enrolled at Ohio State in January

Cardale Jones

QB, Glenville HS, Cleveland

24-3 as a starting quarterback for coach Ted Ginn passed for 1,689 yards, 22 TD as a senior 14 career rushing TD MVP of the Offense-Defense Bowl Big 33 Game also a basketball letterman

Braxton Miller

QB, Wayne HS, Huber Heights, Ohio

Highly-rated quarterback who led Wayne High to the Division I state title game passed for 2,167 yards, 17 TD, and rushed for 658 yards, 17 TD, as a senior for coach Jay Minton career record of 31-7 over three seasons Ohio Associated Press Mr. Football finalist and first team all-state Under Armour All-American Game basketball letterman enrolled at Ohio State in January

Steve Miller

DL, Canton McKinley HS, Canton, Ohio

All-Ohio pick as a sophomore, junior and senior recorded 260 career tackles, 28 TFL, 19 sacks, 7 forced fumbles for the playoff-bound Bulldogs three-time all-Stark County, all-Federal League, all-Inland District defender for coach Ron Johnson Under Armour All-American Game, Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game also a basketball letterman

Ejuan Price

LB, Woodland Hills HS, Pittsburgh

With 100 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior, helped coach George Novak's Wolverines to their second straight WPIAL championship game Big 33 Game

Ryan Shazier

LB, Plantation HS, Pompano Beach, Fla.

All-state 87 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 blocked kicks for coach Steve Davis Broward County most outstanding player 35.5 career sacks, a school best Under Armour All-American Game enrolled at Ohio State in January

Devin Smith

WR, Massillon Washington HS, Massillon, Ohio

Two-time first team all-Ohio 110 career catches for 2,119 yards, 24 TD (second-best in school records) for coach Jason Hall all-county Independent player of year state long jump champion and a state qualifier in the high jump and 4x200 relay also a basketball standout Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game

Evan Spencer

WR, Vernon Hills HS, Vernon Hills, Ill.

All-state scored 19 TD as a senior and 14 as a junior helped lead coach Tony Monken's Cougars to the state quarterfinals father (Tim) is a former Ohio State running back and assistant coach now on the coaching staff of the NFL's Chicago Bears

Ron Tanner

DB, Eastmoor Academy, Columbus, Ohio

104 tackles, 3 interceptions, 15 PBU as a senior also passed for 1,100 yards and 14 TD al-city, all-central district, all-metro for coach Jim Miranda Offense-Defense Bowl, Team USA vs. The World Game basketball and baseball letterman plans to enroll at Ohio State in the spring quarter

Tony Underwood

OL, Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Lake Erie League conference offensive lineman of the year team captain and three-year starter for coach Anthony Watkins also played nose guard as a senior Big 33 Game

Nick Vannett

TE, Westerville Central HS, Westerville, Ohio

All-Ohio recognition all-metro, all-OCC, all-district honors made 47 catches for 606 yards, 8 TD as a senior for coach John Magistro Offense-Defense Bowl, Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game also a basketball letterman

-- Player information courtesy

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