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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State football ends defensive commitment drought

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Ty Hamilton committed to Ohio State on Sunday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State football ends defensive commitment drought

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Ty Hamilton commits to Ohio State

Ohio State landed commitment No. 12 in its 2020 recruiting class on Sunday when Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive lineman Ty Hamilton pledged to the Buckeyes.

The younger brother of current Ohio State lineman Davon Hamilton, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hamilton picked Ohio State just hours after returning home from his official visit with the program and one week after an official visit to Penn State. His scheduled official visit to Michigan next week will no longer happen.

“I looked over those three schools and I asked myself what school would give me the best chance to be a difference maker — Ohio State was the one,” Hamilton told Lettermen Row on Sunday afternoon. “So, after talking to my parents today, I’ve decided to commit to Ohio State.”

The state of Ohio’s 26th-ranked prospect, Hamilton held offers from 20 total schools. But the chance to work alongside Larry Johnson and to stay close to home with the Buckeyes was something that made the most sense for him.

“It’s about just being a part of something bigger than myself,” Hamilton said. “Seeing my brother already walking through that door, that just made me think that I can do the same. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be coached by the best defensive line coach in America?”

What Ty Hamilton brings to Ohio State

Hamilton’s offer and commitment is one that might be viewed suspiciously by some given the fact that his brother currently plays for the Buckeyes. But make no mistake: Ryan Day is not in the business of dishing out charity scholarship spots. Here’s Birm on what Hamilton can bring to the Buckeyes:

There is no doubt that the best thing Hamilton provides the Buckeyes on the field is versatility. He’s a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman who can play inside as a 3-technique or outside as a defensive end, and he also has experience playing as a stand-up rush linebacker for Pickerington Central High School outside of Columbus.

Hamilton does an excellent job maintaining leverage, uses a low center of gravity and has above-average hand technique — a skill he’s no doubt gleaned from working with Larry Johnson during camps at Ohio State. He’s also had access to Johnson’s proxy, his brother Davon who plays defensive tackle for the Buckeyes.

The questions about Hamilton moving forward will be exactly how he fits in the Ohio State defensive line plans, because he’s not the big, rangy defensive lineman Johnson has been drawn to recently. His challenge will be maintaining quickness as he undoubtedly adds weight that could see him develop into an ideal interior lineman as he gets older.

Bijan Robinson enjoys Ohio State

Ohio State had some other big visitors on campus, too, and there’s no better place to start than with the weekend’s highest-ranked visitor, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic 5-star running back Bijan Robinson. First, there’s this idea that Robinson isn’t wanting to leave the West Coast for college. However, the fact that he’s told Ohio State repeatedly he wanted to visit Columbus and then followed through on that desire without incident is telling.

On Sunday as he traveled home, Robinson responded to Lettermen Row’s request for an update by letting us know he’d provide some feedback on his trip when he landed in Arizona. What he did say was that the trip was “great,” and multiple sources close to the Ohio State side confirmed that, underscoring the point that Robinson has always expressed real interest in the program and that this never felt like a guy taking trips just for fun.

Robinson visited the school with his mother and his grandparents, who certainly aren’t flying to Ohio for giggles. There is a serious interest from the Robinson camp in the Buckeyes.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Sunday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 32 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 76 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 167 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.