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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Grant Schmidt commits to Buckeyes

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The Ohio State Buckeyes received a commitment from the first high school football player from the state of South Dakota after Grant Schmidt (Sioux Falls, S.D. Roosevelt) committed to head coach Urban Meyer on Monday, according to 247Sports’ Ohio State page.

The 6-6, 275-pound offensive tackle is the nation’s No. 349 player regardless of position, No,. 38 offensive tackle and the No. 1 player in the state of South Dakota and is a three-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Schmidt committed to Ohio State over offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, North Carolina, Rutgers, Washington State, Utah and Cincinnati, among others.

Following a strong performance at the Buckeye’s camp on Sunday there was a strong belief that Schmidt would be committing to Ohio State very soon and that is exactly what happened as he became the fifth recruit to give his verbal commitment to Ohio State for the 2015 class.

Schmidt joins quarterback Joe Burrow, cornerback/slot receiver Eric Glover-Williams, cornerback Jamel Dean, and safety Tyler Green as 2015 Buckeye commitments.

With today’s commitment of Schmidt, Ohio State now owns the nation’s No. 55 class and the No. 10 class in the Big Ten conference. The ranking is skewed a bit as the Buckeyes have one of the smaller classes in the nation to this point.

This rank is only going to get closer to the top 10 as the summer goes along as players make their rounds to campuses across the country for camps and unofficial visits and into the fall where Urban Meyer has a reputation as being one of the best closers on the recruiting trail in college football.

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