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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Dylan Thompson pledge has big impact

By Brad Bournival

Sometimes the numbers really do say it all.

In leading Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic to its fourth consecutive 5A state championship, defensive end Dylan Thompson finished the season with 92 tackles -- 19 for loss -- 7½ sacks and four forced fumbles.

Thompson -- Ohio State’s fifth commitment in the 2014 class -- is certainly a disruptive force on the line, and his commitment could be a big key to other players.

In getting a commitment from the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Thompson, the Buckeyes also added more depth at a key position in Urban Meyer's master plan, which won two national championships at Florida. Meyer loves to stockpile defensive linemen.

Thompson’s versatility could show almost immediately, as will the consistent effort he brings.

If he signs his letter of intent in February, he will be one of 15 defensive linemen for Ohio State and the sixth defensive end. The Buckeyes don't have a senior defensive lineman on the depth chart this fall.

Thompson will join Steve Miller, J.T. Moore, Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and current freshman Tyquan Lewis at end and provide instant challenges in practice. He also adds talent to a defense that brought in seven ESPN 150 athletes and four other ESPN 300 seniors last year.

Thompson could be instrumental in other areas as well as Ohio State looks to bolster its linebackers in the Class of 2014 and continue a pipeline to the Chicago area.

One of their biggest targets is inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South).

Plainfield is only a 37-minute drive from Lombard and both Thompson and Garrett are members of the Core6 Athletes group that travels across the country to camps and combines. Thompson lives just a half-hour trip away from offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle), another Core6 teammate and big Ohio State target.