Urban Meyer has stressed the importance of getting linebackers in this year’s signing class.
He was able to get that done with the signing of St. Ignatius inside linebacker Kyle Berger and St. Vincent-St. Mary inside linebacker and Mr. Ohio Donte Booker Jr.
Berger missed the entire 2013 season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL, an injury that happened during a scrimmage against Canton McKinley on Aug. 24 of last year.
Berger achieved All-Ohio as a junior and was one of the leading candidates for defensive player of the year coming into his senior season.
Booker, on the other hand, was the 27th winner of the Ohio Associated Press Mr. Football after winning a Division III state title for the second consecutive year.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior managed 87.5 tackles during the regular season, including 18 tackles for loss.
He led the Fighting Irish defense to a No. 1 ranking in Division III AP Poll and a capped it off with an undefeated senior campaign. Booker has this sport in his DNA, as his father played tight end for the Auburn Tigers.
The Ohio State head coach didn’t stop with the defensive side.
Meyer also managed to land a teammate of Booker in running back Paris Campbell, who was also a member of the championship team in back-to-back years.
The 6-foot, 181-pound running back was considered by most a top 20 recruit in the nation at his position in 2014.
Urban Meyer also tapped the constant pipeline from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Ted Ginn Sr., head coach of Glenville.
With former Tarblooder, Buckeye and son Ted Ginn Jr. on hand to witness three more of the “Ville” family continue the tradition going from black and red to scarlet and gray.
Wide receiver and all around athlete Marshon Lattimore, who wore the famous No. 2 jersey for the Tarblooders followed in the footsteps of Glenville’s former No. 2 jersey star Ted Ginn Jr. in inking his trip to Columbus.
With Lattimore, wide receiver/safety Erick Smith and 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman Marcelys Jones also dotted the line for their journey to Buckeye country.
Meyer solidified a top recruiting class in 2014 with help of Northeast Ohio. Next stop for these new recruits, the Spring Game which will take place on April 12 back at Ohio Stadium.