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Ohio signs 19 during 1st early football signing period

Bobcats load up with 8 linemen

ATHENS – The Ohio football team signed 19 recruits to open the new early signing period.

The class is heavy in defensive linemen with five of them and also includes three offensive linemen. The Bobcats also signed three linebackers, two wide receivers, two cornerbacks, a quarterback, a running back, a safety and a tight end.

Three players are rated as three-star recruits by 247Sports, led by safety Jamison Collier from Georgia, who reportedly chose Ohio over Purdue. Zach Burks is a junior college defensive tackle who had offers from SMU, Kansas and UAB, and 6-foot-5 wide receiver Shane Hooks turned down an offer from UAB.

Burks was one of two JUCO defensive linemen signed. The other was Cole Baker, the only player in the signing class who had not made a public announcement of commitment to Ohio prior to today.

Other defensive linemen signed were Antrez Baker, Kylen McCracken and Bryce Stai. McCracken had a slew of offers that included Boston College, Temple and several other Mid-American Conference schools. Baker chose Ohio over Bowling Green, Toledo and Western Michigan, and Stai’s offers included Air Force and Western Michigan among others.

Bryce Ramer was the top-rated offensive line recruit, holding offers from Virginia and Bowling Green, among others. Kurt Danneker had offers from Buffalo and Kent State, while Patrick Gilliland’s only other public offer was by Butler.

Joe Mischler from Pennsylvania is considered a dual-threat quarterback and had offers from Columbia and Harvard. Also from Pennsylvania, running back O’Shaan Allison picked Ohio over Army, Navy and Kent State. Wide receiver Darfnell Gouin was an under-the-radar signing out of Florida, while tight end Alec Burton turned downed Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

Among the linebackers signed – all of them from Ohio – Bryce Houston was the only one listed as having other offers. Those include Bowling Green and Buffalo. The Bobcats also signed Jack McCrory and Keye Thompson.

Cornerback Justin Birchette had offers from FAU, Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan, and fellow corner John Gregory chose Ohio over Georgia State.

Only five of Ohio’s signees are from the state. Four are form Pennsylvania, three are from Florida, two are from Indiana and one each is from Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia and South Carolina.

Ohio will have an opportunity to sign additional athletes throughout the early signing period and then again with the regular signing period in February.

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