Four-star linebacker K’Vaughan Pope of Dinwiddie, Va., on Friday became the 17th prospect to commit to Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class.

He made the announcement at a ceremony at his school where he picked the Buckeyes over Georgia and Florida, while holding offers from Clemson and Alabama among others. He had been considered a heavy OSU lean for six weeks or more.

Pope, 6 feet 2, 230 pounds, is the third linebacker to join the OSU class, and the second from Virginia. Already committed is Teradja Mitchell of Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach along with Dallas Gant of St. John’s in Toledo.

Rivals.com lists Pope, who also plays receiver in high school, as the fifth best “athlete” prospect in the nation for the 2018 cycle. He had 31 tackles and six interceptions as a junior last season, and made 33 catches for 630 yards on a team that finished runner-up in the state Class 4A playoffs.

The 247sports composite, an average of the major recruiting services’ rankings, shows Pope as the seventh best inside linebacker nationally, 168th overall prospect.

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