Friday, July 2, 2010


COLUMBUS — Ohio State landed another verbal commitment from the class of 2011 on Friday morning, as Columbus Eastmoor Academy safety, Ron Tanner, announced that he will be playing his college football for the hometown Buckeyes.

(left, photo of Ron Tanner)

It wasn't much of a surprise to those who have followed Tanner throughout the past few weeks. But, at first, Tanner threw the crowd inside the Eastmoor library a major curve ball.

After he said that the time had come to reveal his selection, Tanner reached inside a bag and slid a Michigan hat onto his head, drawing a gasp from those in the audience. After smiling for a few moments, Tanner stopped, took the Michigan hat off of his head and said "it was a mistake." Then a friend of Tanner's brought an Ohio State hat to the podium, where the star safety placed it on his head and announced, "I will be attending The Ohio State University!"

Tanner is the 17 commitment for the Buckeyes from the 2011 class. He selected the Buckeyes over Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Stanford, Arizona State and Northwestern.

Tanner (6-1, 190) said that although he has known his collegiate destination for some time now, he decided to wait until July 2 to make his announcement because the date is near and dear to his heart.

"This date is special to me," Tanner said prior to making his announcement. "Not many, if anybody here knows, but I had a sister who passed away at birth and today's her 18th birthday."

Tanner is the second safety to commit to the Buckeyes in the 2011 class. The other is Plantation (FL) High School star Jeremy Cash, who gave his verbal to OSU back in April.

WILL THE BUCKEYES TRY TO LAND ANOTHER SAFETY FROM 2011? ... Although the Buckeyes have two quality safeties already in the fold for 2011, they may add another if the numbers allow it.

One player who has an offer on the table is Wayne Lyons (Dillard/Fort Lauderdale, Fl.). Lyons is considered one of the best safeties in the country. However, it seems that he is interested in staying south, with Florida and Florida State currently atop his long list of offers.

Another player, who doesn't have an OSU offer but may pick one up in time is Avery Walls (Union Grove/McDonaugh, Ga.).

(above, photo of Avery Walls)

Walls, who is considered a top 10 safety in the south, has a definite interest in Ohio State.

"Yes, I have a good interest in them," Walls told The Buckeye Times on Thursday. "My mom went to OSU and I was born in Columbus."

However, the Georgia prospect says he isn't expecting an offer as of now.

"They have two safety commitments and already have wrapped up most of their class," Walls said of Ohio State. "I'm assuming they will not (offer) due to their depth."

Walls did say that he has recently cut down his list of offers.

"I've made over 20 visits and I narrowed my list to 11 schools," Walls said. "Cal, UConn, Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia, Stanford, Tennessee and South Carolina."

Of course, if Ohio State decides to offer Walls, that list could be slashed in a hurry.

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