One of the stranger commitment videos of recent or distant memory resulted in the ending Ohio State so coveted. The Buckeyes received a pledge from 5-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert, the high school senior-to-be announced on Monday.
Ruckert used a go-kart race featuring certain drivers representing his other finalists. Mid-race chicanery reminiscent of a hot dog derby race at a baseball game ensued, with the drivers of the cars representing Notre Dame, Michigan and Wisconsin running into unfortunate accidents along the way. Elaborate setup and its potentially lengthy execution aside, the Buckeyes will land a player 247Sports.com ranks as the No. 1 tight end in the 2018 class.
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Ruckert, out of Lindenhurst, N.Y., drew 30 scholarship offers and isn’t even 17 years old.
Despite the 6-foot-5, 238-pound prospect hailing from the East Coast, his finalists were all Big Ten schools and Notre Dame. Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, LSU and Stanford were among the legion of schools offering Ruckert, but Ohio State and Urban Meyer’s staff won the day.
247Sports lists former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano as having recruited Ruckert for Ohio State. Schiano serves as the defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer identifies Ruckert as the best tight end prospect Meyer-era Ohio State has landed, besting the likes of Marcus Baugh and Jake Hausmann.
He joins a slew of 5-star and 4-star pledges in the Buckeyes’ 2018 class, one that 247Sports has as its No. 1 in a composite rankings list. He is the 15th prospect to commit as part of the 2o18 group.