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Ohio State lands 5-star Linebacker Baron Browning

Jan 01, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer smiling after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo Credit: Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
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Ohio State coming back to beat Michigan not only kept the Buckeyes alive for the College Football Playoff and essentially eliminated the Wolverines, but it should help give Ohio State a recruiting edge this offseason.

In fact, the Buckeyes might already be reaping the benefits of that victory on the recruiting trail. Just days after visiting Ohio State University, five-star linebacker Baron Browning committed to the Buckeyes.

247 Sports ranks the linebacker the No. 2 prospect at his position and ninth overall in the entire 2017 recruiting class. The Buckeyes will be happy to hear that Browning chose Ohio State over Michigan, Florida State, TCU, Alabama and UCLA.

Browning formally committed to Baylor during the summer of 2015, but he withdrew from the Bears in February. He received offers from 35 total programs including the likes of Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC.

After missing most of his sophomore high school season due to a shoulder injury, the Texas native bounced back to post nearly 150 total tackles and four sacks over the last two seasons at Kennedale High.

Browning is the sixth five-star recruit the Buckeyes have landed in the 2017 class, which is more than any other team, including Alabama. Browning is also the highest rated prospect in Ohio State’s class.

247 Sports currently rates the Buckeyes’ 2017 class second behind only the Crimson Tide, who has five five-star commits and 12 four-star players. Ohio State has nine four-star guys as of Dec. 1.

Michigan is ranked ninth overall and second in the Big Ten on the same 2017 recruiting list, but the Wolverines have no five-star recruits yet.

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