COLUMBUS — Ohio State has its fifth commitment in the 2022 recruiting class: linebacker Dasan McCullough has committed to the Buckeyes.
Offered by Ryan Day and Al Washington in April, McCullough had every intention of waiting out his recruitment when he spoke to Lettermen Row about what it meant to receive that scholarship opportunity from Ohio State. He also seemed to hint that the offer from the Buckeyes may carry a bit more weight than the other 40 he has, a list that includes Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan.
And that’s why he couldn’t hold back when he was given the chance to join the Buckeyes 2022 class.
Why did the Ohio State offer mean more? Because of his family’s strong ties to the Midwest and Ohio specifically.
“I look at Ohio State as the best school in my home state and one that produces great people and great athletes for the next level,” McCullough said in April. “The offer is ‘different’ for my whole family. Being from Ohio, but also growing up a Big Ten kid.”
Lettermen Row is analyzing the decision by Dasan McCullough, what his commitment means to Ohio State, the Big Ten and the national recruiting scene for the Class of 2022.
What Dasan McCullough gives Ohio State on field
The comparison is going to come naturally, easily and often between the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Dasan McCullough and former Clemson standout Isaiah Simmons. It’s not just because they both happen to call Olathe, Kansas — a suburb on the southwest side of Kansas City — home.
Size, speed, range, length and incredible potential are much more interesting for comparison’s sake than geography. McCullough, whose father is current Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach and former Cincinnati Bengals running back Deland McCullough, has all those measurables and more.
Like Simmons, McCullough can play all over the football field, and he does exactly that for Blue Valley North High School. Though he’s likely an outside linebacker in the Buckeyes defensive system, players with the capabilities and pedigree of McCullough provide the type of flexibility that coaches dream about.
There’s good reason this young athlete has almost 45 scholarship offers.
While there’s a long way to go before Dasan McCullough takes the field for Ohio State and a lot of development left in his frame, he has the type of body and talent to play safety, linebacker or maybe even be a guy with his hand on the ground as an edge rusher if he adds significant weight between now and the summer of 2022.
What pickup means for Ohio State 2022 recruiting class
The Buckeyes have been rolling on the recruiting trail, and the addition of McCullough adds to what is becoming a very special start to 2022. He joins fellow 4-star prospects Gabe Powers, Jyaire Brown, Tegra Tshabola and C.J. Hicks in the early verbal column for Ohio State. He’s likely to be a key part of the class building process from here.
Perhaps the biggest impact felt from the commitment of the country’s No. 7-ranked athlete will be at the linebacker position. With McCullough joining the fray this early, Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington will have to be very selective when it comes to adding another potential outside linebacker. North Carolina’s Jalon Walker and Michigan’s Josh Burnham could feel the pinch if they’re interested in playing for the Buckeyes. Inside linebacker prospects like Shawn Murphy and Justin Medlock may be less affected, but regardless of position, having three committed linebackers this early will result in interesting discussions as the Ohio State looks to restock that position in the next two cycles.
McCullough is the first Ohio State commitment from the state of Kansas since offensive lineman Mark Bean joined the Buckeyes from Wichita Southeast High School.
How Dasan McCullough impacts the 2022 recruiting rankings
It’s too early in the 2022 recruiting cycle to get caught up in things like national team rankings. But with McCullough committed, Ohio State now has more verbal pledges from rising juniors than any program in the country and is tied with LSU. The Buckeyes have offered a total of 65 players in the Class of 2022 to this point according to the folks at 247Sports.com.
Need more Ohio State recruiting #Stuff? Join the conversation below in the comments and sign up for Scarlet Sunrise, Lettermen Row’s morning newsletter that will get your day started with all the important Ohio State news you need to know. Prefer video? Follow Buckeyes football on YouTube with Lettermen Row. You can also get your recruiting fix by subscribing to Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher