December 17, 2010
Shazier makes the switch
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The recruitment of Plantation (Fla.) linebacker Ryan Shazier has gone from a slim chance to no chance to a slim chance to a commitment during a twisting road that leads from Florida all the way to the Buckeye State. On Friday night Shazier announced at his graduation party that he does indeed intend to be a Buckeye after decommitting from Florida only hours earlier.
The 6-foot-3, 205 pound linebacker ultimately chose Ohio State over LSU when it was all said and done. The sudden retirement of Urban Meyer opened things up and despite the best pitch from new head coach Will Muschamp there was a desire to look elsewhere.
Shazier made a mid-week trip to Columbus (Ohio) with his father to check out the Buckeyes and it is safe to say the trip went very well. Shazier left Columbus still committed to the Buckeyes but upon more reflection and discussion with his family the decision to become the 19th commit for the Buckeyes became clearer and clearer.
The new Buckeye plans on enrolling early to Ohio State having finished his studies at Plantation high school. He joins high school teammate Jeremy Cash in the class and will be one of five players to enroll during the January term.
Shazier is rated as the No. 12 outside linebacker by Rivals.com but many feel that he has been underrated this season and will have a much larger impact at the college level. Shazier will be impactful as a pass rusher from his linebacker position and the ultra-athletic star also could handle long snapping duties if called upon.
We will catch up with Ryan as soon as we can to get the reasons why he decided to make the switch to the Buckeyes and what is plans are with his college career set to start in just a matter of weeks.
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