When Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison met with reporters last month, he faced questions about the limited number of defensive players in the 2020 recruiting class who had committed to the program.
In fact, the Buckeyes had garnered only one defensive commit when June began.
“Don’t worry about it,” Mattison said. “It’s gonna be fine.”
In the past two weeks, the Buckeyes have seen commitments from five defensive players, raising their total to six for the upcoming class. The latest arrived Wednesday when Mitchell Melton, a three-star linebacker from Olney, Maryland, announced he was headed to Ohio State.
In a tweet, Melton wrote, “I’d like to thank God, my family, friends, and coaches. Committed to The Ohio State University. #Gobucks -Proverbs 29:23.”
Melton is the second linebacker commit in the recruiting class, following Cody Simon, an outside linebacker from New Jersey who committed last weekend. Melton is also an outside linebacker and has a long frame. He is listed at 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds on his Hudl page.
Melton had other scholarship offers, including from Michigan, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
He attends Good Counsel, the same high school as former Ohio State wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder.