Sunday, December 9, 2012
DT Donovan Munger fills hole, literally
By Brad Bournival
Urban Meyer likes his football team with enough defensive linemen to go from one sideline to the next. With the addition of defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), the two-time national champion coach might be able to do just that.
Munger, a four-star ESPN 300 prospect, became the sixth defensive lineman to give his pledge to the Buckeyes on Sunday, joining Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown-Fitch), Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria), Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton), Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and hybrid Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) in the trenches from the recruiting class of 2013.
Munger is a wide-bodied defensive tackle with a motor that rarely takes time off. His frame fits perfectly in the interior line at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.
His instincts fit as well, as he also played offensive tackle for the Red Raiders in high school.
The key to Ohio State’s success has always been for the defensive line to fill the gaps and let the linebackers do work, or to push runners and quarterbacks to the outside and let the ends get the credit.
That’s something Munger does extremely well. His 70 tackles -- 14 for loss -- six sacks, 23 quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and a pass break up look strong for a defensive tackle to begin with.
Add the fact that teammate Joe Henderson, an ESPN Watch List junior, thrived with the Ohio State commit inside, and it’s easy to see Munger's place next season.
In nine games, Henderson had 45 tackles at end, but excelled when Munger moved the quarterback to the edge. Henderson finished the season with 14½ sacks and 18 tackles for loss largely because the big man moved the pocket.
As an offensive lineman, Munger graded out at 98 percent with 34 pancakes and was a second-team Division I All-Ohio selection.