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Monday, January 30, 2012
Ohio State reels in coveted cornerback

By Brian Bennett

Ohio State couldn't beat Michigan or Penn State on the field this past season but scored a victory over both in recruiting on Sunday.

Cornerback Armani Reeves, rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, chose the Buckeyes over Michigan after visiting with coaches from both schools in the past week.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from Massachusetts is yet another blue-chipper added to the fold under Urban Meyer, whose recruiting impact since his November hire has been immense. Ohio State was rated just behind Michigan in our latest ESPN class rankings for 2012, but the Buckeyes may end up ahead of the Wolverines with a late push.

"It just felt like the right fit for me,” Reeves told the Columbus Dispatch. “I’ve known defensive backs Coach [Everett] Withers for a while, for almost four years, so I had a good relationship with him. And I know a lot of guys in the class already -- Tommy Schutt, David Perkins and Cam, obviously.”

"Cam" is Reeves' high school teammate, linebacker Camren Williams. Like Reeves, Williams also decommitted from Penn State and headed to Columbus, as Ohio State continues to reap the benefits from the Jerry Sandusky scandal fallout. The Buckeyes also picked off ESPNU 150 recruits Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt and Joey O'Connor after they reneged on their verbal pledges to the Nittany Lions.

That's five really good prospects who could be playing for Bill O'Brien. Instead, Meyer continues to pile up the highly ranked recruits.