July 7, 2008

Longo finds all the right reasons to commit

Sometimes for recruits there is that one offer that can completely change the landscape of months of recruitment. For Bellbrook (Ohio) offensive lineman Sam Longo that offer came down on Thursday and now on Friday the three-star prospect becomes the 24th member of the ever growing Ohio State recruiting class.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder had been shown love from all across the nation with offers from Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Stanford, Nebraska as well as the usual suspects from the Big Ten. But being the son of a former Ohio State football player had Longo plenty familiar with the Ohio State program and the Ohio State campus and there was no reason to wait on an announcement.

Longo is one of those rare mixtures of speed and strength with the big man posting a 4.7 second time in the 40-yard dash and in the weight room Longo gets it done with 38 bench reps of 185-pounds and a max of 395 pounds. Couple those numbers with a squat max of 720 pounds and you have what some people define as an athletic freak (in the good, jaw-dropping sense of the phrase).

The newest Buckeye is the third offensive lineman from the state of Ohio in the class of 2009. He joins Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley in this class. With the Buckeyes waiting on Chris Watt out of Illinois and in-state Marcus Hall this team could take five linemen in the class and have taken eight linemen in the span of two classes. That will come in handy with three starting linemen entering their final year of eligibility in the 2008 season.

We will have plenty more on this Independence Day surprise and what exactly made today the right day for the newest Buckeye.

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