COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State didn’t get any players to commit immediately following its first Friday Nights Lights camp at the Horseshoe, but the Buckeyes received a big hint about when they might expect an answer from one of the big guys they covet.
That would be big as in 6-foot-3, 280-pound Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights).
The ESPN 300 defensive tackle came to Urban Meyer’s first camp in Ohio Stadium and walked away with a message.
While Munger isn’t ready to become a Buckeye just yet, Ohio State should know within the next month what his intentions are.
That’s good news for the Buckeyes, who have had Munger in their sights since offering a scholarship to him in March.
“I’m not really sure [when my decision will come],” Munger said. “But I want to make it before the [high school] season starts. I’m not trying to play any games. Mentally, I need to be focused for the season. I’m focused on what’s for me and my future.”
While he wasn’t a fixture in the summer camp circuit, it was because he wanted to work on the academic side of things – not that Munger was in any trouble at all with the books.
What’s in Munger’s future also has a lot to do with what his mother thinks, but the Shaker Heights senior certainly walked out of Ohio Stadium with a good impression and some strong feelings for what it’s like to compete with the best.
Munger certainly garnered the interest of the Buckeyes as defensive line coach Mike Vrabel pulled him aside along with 2013 committed recruits Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) and Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).
With Ohio State coach Urban Meyer looking on, Munger was put through 15 minutes of rigorous one-on-one workouts.
“He wants the best out of his players that he knows have the potential to be pretty good players,” Munger said. “It was pretty intense out there.
“I liked it. It helped me learn some things to work on, staying low and getting my initial first step to the ground and working my hands. They told me some things to work on in the season, initial points, initial two steps, things like that.”
As for the step everyone wearing the Ohio State colors is ready for Munger to take, that’s going to wait a bit.
Ohio State is on Munger’s list, as is Tennessee and Michigan State, though he hasn’t visited the Spartans yet. Once he sits back and takes a look at all three programs, decision time will come.
“I’m not there yet, but it’s my goal [to be],” Munger said.