BOOM! Breaking news out of Columbus as 2019 five star defensive end, Zach Harrison, has committed to the Buckeyes. With the commitment of Harrison, the Buckeyes are now back up to 15 commits in their 2019 class, following the decommitments from Jordan Battle and Dwan Mathis earlier this morning.
First off, this is a GIANT boom for the Buckeyes. Being a five star edge rusher is a big deal for the Buckeyes, but being a five star edge in Ohio State’s own backyard turns up the heat even more here. Harrison has been the top target for the Buckeyes for the past two seasons, and with him faxing in his letter of intent with the Buckeyes, he is finally in the class.
People that have followed this recruitment understand how many twists and turns there have been. A year ago, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Harrison would be a Buckeye. There were rumors he also liked Notre Dame a lot as well, but Ohio State was the slam dunk pick here for the Columbus native. Fast forward to the last few months, and it seemed like Penn State and Michigan were gaining steam for Harrison, and Penn State may have even had the lead in the summer. As of the past few weeks, it then seemed like Harrison to Michigan was happening, with a giant change in the crystal ball predictions. However, after the Buckeyes’ thumping of Michigan, and Urban Meyer announcing his retirement, things apparently changed.
The main thing to take away here is that nobody really knew what Harrison was going to do. Apparently he was not a huge Urban Meyer fan, and Ryan Day being the new head coach made Harrison want to attend Ohio State even more. There were rumors that Harrison was afraid that he would be viewed as a hometown disappointment if he did not contribute right away. Being how quiet the five star is, there was just never much concrete information on where he was going. The intel was really all over the place, and you had to try to pick and choose what seemed like plausible information. However, at the end of the day, Harrison chose the Buckeyes, and the rest is history.
Standing at 6’5 243, Harrison has elite quickness for an end and can get to the quarterback as quick as anybody in this class. His first step is devastating, and once he starts to learn elite pass rushing moves, he is going to be impossible to stop. Coming out of high school, he reminds me of a cross between current Buckeyes Chase Young and Johnathon Cooper. With Young and Cooper, you would turn on their high school tape and just be amazed with how fast they could get to the quarterback and wreck havoc. In terms of just how freakish of an athlete Harrison is, he already runs a 10.78 second 100-meter track time, as well as a 21.55 second 200-meter time. Those times are good enough to earn serious division one track offers. And he is doing that at 6’5 and weighing 240 pounds. It is truly incredible.
Harrison joins Noah Potter as the second defensive end in this 2019 class.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Zach, we are glad to have you!
Here is the link for the official highlights of Harrison.
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