OSU extends Tressel, adds five recruits

In a span of less than 30 hours Monday-Tuesday, Ohio State picked up commitments from five recruits for the 2011 class. The Buckeyes on Tuesday also announced a two-year contract extension for head coach Jim Tressel that takes him through the 2014 season.

Coincidence? I think not.

Good news often comes in waves, and Ohio State, which took some heat on National Signing Day after losing two coveted offensive line prospects, just had one.

Let's take a quick look at the five newest Ohio State commits, all in-state prospects, who bring the 2011 class to seven members.

Tip of the cap to ESPN Recruiting for much of the info:

  • Antonio Underwood, OL, 6-3, 300: Committed on Monday during unofficial visit to campus. He had received offers from several Mid-American Conference programs, including Toledo and Miami (Ohio). Michigan and Illinois also had expressed interest. Underwood told The Cleveland Plain Dealer he expects to play center or guard at Ohio State.

  • Chris Carter Jr., OL, 6-4, 340: Committed on Monday during an unofficial visit to Ohio State. Also had offers from NC State and Miami (Ohio) and had received interest from most Big Ten schools. "It's the best choice for me," he said. "The academic support is great and I like the way they treat the players. They help you get adjusted to college life and the coaches really care about you as a person." Carter isn't related to former Buckeyes star Cris Carter.

  • Brian Bobek, C, 6-2, 280: Bobek committed Tuesday to the Buckeyes. He also had offers from Michigan State and Purdue, and his father, Jeff, played at Iowa. Like Underwood and Carter, Bobek was recruited by Ohio State offensive coordinator/line coach Jim Bollman.

  • DerJuan Gambrell, CB, 6-2, 180: Gambrell had an offer from Toledo and committed on Tuesday. He received an offer from Ohio State about a month ago and told the Toledo Blade that he would accept it after talking things over with his family. He runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

  • Chase Farris, DE, 6-5, 265: Farris committed Tuesday, choosing Ohio State over offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Boston College and others. He recorded 18 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a junior at Elyria Catholic High School.