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Reid Carrico: Top-ranked junior linebacker commits to Ohio State

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Reid Carrico needed one game-day visit at Ohio State to know it was the right place for him. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Reid Carrico: Top-ranked junior linebacker commits to Ohio State

COLUMBUS — There was no plan to commit to Ohio State following the first game-day visit to campus for Reid Carrico.

It happened anyway.

On Monday night, the country’s top-ranked inside linebacker in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports.com committed to the Buckeyes just about 48 hours after returning home from watching them topple in-state foe Cincinnati on Saturday. The decision came easily for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Carrico, even if it wasn’t the plan.

“[Linebackers coach Al] Washington and I had a long talk on the phone Sunday night,” Carrico told Lettermen Row on Monday. “It was almost like he was coaching me already. It just felt right to commit, and after seeing the atmosphere for games at the ‘Shoe, it just all came together.

“The coaches were really excited and juiced about the whole situation. I’m glad that they feel as good about it as I do.”

Carrico is the nation’s 34th-ranked player according to 247Sports, checks in at No. 126 in the composite rankings and is Ohio State’s top in-state linebacker target in the junior class. The Buckeyes offered Carrico in April as his recruitment officially took off this spring thanks to that offer as well as opportunities from Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and pretty much every other major program in college football. Intriguing situations for Carrico with the Tigers and Kentucky slowed things down a bit for him, but in the end the chance to stay close to home and play for Ohio’s team was too much to pass up.

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Reid Carrico during an April visit to Ohio State. (Reid Carrico/Courtesy)

“The best in Ohio are supposed to go to Ohio State,” Carrico said. “That’s the next level. That’s everyone’s dream growing up, playing for the Buckeyes.”

Carrico is the fifth commitment in Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class and the fourth player from Ohio to pull the trigger already. Carrico joins 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer, 4-star wide receiver Jayden Ballard and 4-star offensive lineman Ben Christman as juniors are already locked in with the Buckeyes in a loaded junior class in Ohio.

With his recruitment behind him, Carrico is eager to just focus on football now and not recruiting.

“It feels awesome,” he said. “No more pressure. I just get to go play football now.”

And now Reid Carrico knows he’ll do that at Ohio State.

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Another great Ohio recruit with an outstanding family. Ohio toughness cannot be beat. It’s been 2845 days since scUM has beaten the Buckeyes. With the 2020 and 2021 commits that are coming, next decade looks as though the beatings will continue. O-H!

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Boom!

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Huge. This is going to be a monster class.

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Birm, nice interview with Reid Carrico. But it’s not that rare for OSU to recruit Ironton kids, as the toughness of Ironton football is well known around the state. Ken Fritz, from Ironton, was an All-American offensive guard on Woody’s last team. Reggie Arden played tight end for OSU more recently. A running back from Ironton played in the OSU backfield with Pepe Pearson. When you say people “don’t think about football” in areas like Ironton, that’s just wrong! Football is king in Ironton and has been for almost a century. Ironton plays its home games in Tank Memorial Stadium,… Read more »

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Great interview Birm but you obviously did no research on Ironton, winningest coach in Ohio history, 3 state championships, iconic covered stadium plus over 7000 at first home game 2 weeks ago against Wheelersburg

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Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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