Buckeyes enhance No. 2 class with No. 32 Houston

  • Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Personnel WriterAug 22, 2023, 07:39 PM ET

Ohio State’s defense is going through quite the modification in defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ 2nd season, as the focus on gaining from a 2nd straight uneven loss to Michigan and one-point loss in the College Football Playoff has translated to the recruiting trail.Four-star protective end Eddrick Houston(No. 32 overall in the 2024 ESPN 300) dedicated to the Buckeyes on Tuesday.The Hoschton, Georgia native, who participates in Buford High School, ends up being the 14th ESPN 300 member of a class ESPN has actually ranked second behind the Bulldogs.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Houston likewise considered Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and USC.

A main visit to USC in Might was followed by official check outs to Clemson (June 2), Georgia( June 9), Ohio State (June 16)and Alabama( June 23 ). Ohio State now has promises from 6 top-50 employees: pass receiver Jeremiah Smith (No. 9 total ), quarterback Air Noland(No. 28 ), cornerback Bryce West Jr.( No. 29), Houston, defensive tackle Justin Scott (No. 34)and cornerback Aaron Scott Jr.( No. 49 ). 4 of those 6– West, Houston, Justin Scott and Aaron Scott– are on the defensive side of the ball and will join an unit that finished 11th in the FBS in total defense( 303.9 YPG)last season.In the losses to Michigan and Georgia, the Buckeyes’defense was gashed for 530 and 533 overall yards, respectively.The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Houston recorded 64 tackles(37 solo) to choose 11 deals with for loss, 10 sacks and 15 quarterback pressures as a junior for a Buford group that went 11-1.

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