While The Dispatch this afternoon confirmed that Ohio State has released defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell from their scholarships, multiple recruiting services are reporting Ohio State also has secured a commitment from blue-chip offensive line prospect Taylor Decker, though his father would not confirm that.

While The Dispatch this afternoon confirmed that Ohio State has released defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell from their scholarships, multiple recruiting services are reporting Ohio State also has secured a commitment from blue-chip offensive line prospect Taylor Decker, though his father would not confirm that.

The Decker commitment would be another flip job by new OSU coach Urban Meyer and his staff, because Decker had been committed to Notre Dame. But when Meyer hired offensive line coach Ed Warinner and fullbacks/tight ends coach Tim Hinton away from the Figthing Irish two weeks ago, they set their sights on Decker, from Vandalia (Butler), Ohio.

Attempts to reach Taylor Decker were unsuccessful early tonight, but his father, Ron Decker, would not confirm the reports that his son had changed commitments.

"I can tell you we have been to Ohio State and looked at Ohio State," Decker said, referring to his son's official visit to campus over the weekend. "Right now Taylor is comparing the offers that he has, and he has a decision to make. That's where we're at."

Decker would be the 20th commitment to the 2012 OSU recruiting class, and for a while it appeared the class might have to top off at that number or perhaps one more. But it became known late last week that freshman reserve safety Jeremy Cash was leaving the team.

Then an OSU spokesman confirmed today that third-year sophomore cornerback Clarke -- on Thursday he pleaded not guilty to DUI charges incurred after a traffic stop by OSU police eight days ago -- and freshman DB Gambrell have been released from their scholarships for violations of team rules. The spokesman did not elaborate.

However, by unofficial count that would appear to leave the Buckeyes with 59 returning players on scholarship. Because of NCAA sanctions imposed in December, OSU can have no more than 82 players on scholarship each of the next three seasons, which leaves room for a class of 23 this recruiting season, at least at the moment.

tmay@dispatch.com