Sunday, June 13, 2010


Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.) star linebacker James Vaughters

When it comes to recruiting at Ohio State, right now all eyes are on Springfield's Trey DePriest, the nation's top middle linebacker in the class of 2011.

And for good reason, too.

(Left, photo of DePriest)

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound star would be a perfect fit for the Buckeyes linebacking corps., who will be losing current starting middle backer Brian Rolle to graduation after this season. DePriest is the type of player who could come in and start immediately, or at the very least get some major playing time as a freshman.

DePriest is also best friends with Huber Heights Wayne all-American quarterback, Braxton Miller, who gave the Buckeyes his commitment on June 3.

Miller even said that he'll be in DePriest's ear to come join him in Columbus.

"I'm going to be like, you know, you're an Ohio kid," Miller said following his commitment press conference on June 3 . "You want to be a national champion? Then come and stay with your boy, get a room with me and it'll be all good."

However, the reason why Buckeye fans are chomping on their nails like LeBron James during a timeout is the great interest DePriest has been showing in defending national champion Alabama. In fact, the Springfield product just spent quite a bit of time visiting the Tide down in Tuscaloosa this past week.

It certainly appears as if Alabama is currently the leader for his services.

This Thursday at 11 a.m., his decision could become more clear.

You may be asking, "So, is DePriest making an announce on Thursday at 11 a.m. or something?" No, but Tucker, Georgia star linebacker James Vaughters will be, and his choice could have a huge impact on DePriest's decision.

Vaughters, also a 6-foot-2, 230-pound middle backer, and also a major national recruit, announced that he will be making his collegiate choice this Thursday in his hometown. And you guessed it — Ohio State and Alabama are among his five finalists.

Georgia, Georgia Tech and Stanford are the others. Jim Harbaugh and Stanford could be the leader to land his services.

If Vaughters decides to come north and play for the Buckeyes, which many analysts think is a great possibility, DePriest may be 'Bama bound. If Vaughters would happen to go west to Tuscaloosa, DePriest may be a Buckeye. We'll soon see.

Of course, Vaughters could choose Georgia, Georgia Tech or Stanford and make this whole discussion moot.

Oh, isn't the recruiting season fun? Definitely stay tuned!

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