Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; A Ohio State Buckeyes helmet sits on the sidelines during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Football Recruiting: 4-star ILB Nick Conner commits to Buckeyes

Ohio State received the commitment of four-star inside linebacker Nick Conner (Dublin, Ohio. Dublin Scioto) on Tuesday evening to become the seventh to commit to the Buckeyes for the class of 2015.

Conner is the nation’s No. 194 player overall regardless of position, the No. 5 inside linebacker and the No. 8 player in the state of Ohio, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Conner was at the Buckeyes camp today where he received his offer from the coaches and committed to the program he always wanted to attend. The 6-3, 225-pounder picked the Buckeyes over Michigan State and held offers from Ole Miss, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt among others.

With Ohio State landing last year’s No. 1 middle linebacker in five-star recruit Raekwon McMillan and fellow top recruits Dante Booker, Kyle Berger and Sam Hubbard, the future at the position looks awfully bright and that is with the team losing Mike Mitchell to Texas Tech earlier this spring.

Josh Perry, Trey Johnson, Darron Lee, and Devan Board are other linebackers on the roster that will make for some intense competition in Columbus as the Buckeyes defense should have that physicality and nastiness that it has lacked in recent years.

Conner had 129 tackles last season as a junior with 19 coming for loss, recorded 5.5 sacks. three interceptions, one forced fumble and one interception return for a touchdown.

With tonight’s commitment of Conner, Ohio State moves up to the nation’s No. 46 class and the No. 8 class in the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes will continue to rise up the rankings with another 12 recruits expected to commit to this class before now and national signing day on the first Wednesday in February.

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