Posted by Bryan Fischer
Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High has sent at least one player to Ohio State every year since 2002, when the powerhouse program sent future Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith to become a Buckeye. Despite a coaching change and looming NCAA sanctions, the pipeline remained open with the commitment of cornerback Devan Bogard Sunday afternoon.
“I called coach (Luke) Fickell and told him," Bogard told Bucknuts.com. "He was excited – really excited. I’m excited too. It feels good.”
Holding scholarship offers from schools such as USC, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, Bogard was a heavily pursued athlete and a big pickup for Ohio State as they look to get back some momentum following the decommitment of MaxPreps Top 100 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis.
“I know Ohio State is going through a little tough spell right now,” Bogard said. “But I had to stay loyal to the school."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bogard has played linebacker and defensive back in high school but will wind up playing the latter for the Buckeyes in college. He racked up 55 tackles and four sacks last season.
Bogard is the ninth commitment for Ohio State in 2012 and second defensive back. His highlights are below.