There are the Bosa brothers as Ohio State defensive ends. Now the Buckeyes will have another brother duo at another position.

Worthington Kilbourne long snapper Roen McCullough has committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on in the 2018 recruiting class.

Liam McCullough, who’ll be a fourth-year junior next season, has handled long-snapping duties the last two years for the Buckeyes.

Roen will begin his OSU career as a preferred walk-on. He said he will pay for his first year and a half at Ohio State until Liam graduates. Roen said he then will be put on scholarship.

Roen said he had a scholarship offer from Cincinnati, as well as preferred walk-on offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia and Toledo.

“It was a hard decision because obviously it’s free college,” McCullough said of the UC offer. “I had to talk it over with my parents and brother. But OSU is 12-15 minutes from my house. It’s one of the top football schools in the nation. It’s one of the top schools in the nation. You really can’t beat that. And I’ll be there with my brother and share that experience with him.”

Though he’ll compete with his brother, Roen said he views him more as a coach and mentor.

“Growing up, it was really a big competition about who had the better snaps and who had the better grades in school,” he said. “We butted heads just as knucklehead kids. But when he went to Ohio State, we both had time to grow and develop and mature, and he’s truly like my best friend.”

Liam McCullough has been nearly flawless as a long snapper and has earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors for having a grade-point average over a 3.7.

“I have some pretty big shoes to fill at Ohio State with him,” Roen said. “I think I can do it, and I also want to make a name for myself at Ohio State.”

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