Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Blue-chipper decommits from Buckeyes
By Brian Bennett
More fallout from the turmoil in Columbus.
Ohio State has missed out on a couple of big-time in-state recruits since Jim Tressel's resignation and other problems hit the news. Linebacker signee Ejuan Price asked for his release and ended up at Pittsburgh. And late Tuesday came word that Kyle Kalis, one of the top members of the Buckeyes' 2012 class, has decommitted.
Kalis, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Lakewood, Ohio, is an ESPNU 150 prospect who is rated as the No. 20 tackle in the class by ESPN.com. He said he is still considering Ohio State, but he plans on visiting Michigan this weekend.
Decommitments happen all the time, which is why summer recruiting news should always be viewed somewhat skeptically. But clearly the potential NCAA sanctions and uncertainty over who will be the head coach at Ohio State next year are hampering the Buckeyes' recruiting efforts. Luke Fickell and his staff have a major challenge in convincing prospects to believe everything will be all right and commit to the school, especially before the NCAA hands down whatever penalties are coming.