Ohio State added to its 2021 recruiting class Tuesday morning when it picked up a commitment from one of the top prospects in the state.
Ironton High linebacker Reid Carrico announced his intention to sign his letter of intent with the Buckeyes in a tweet that included a 15-second video clip.
“I’m staying home,” his caption read. “#OH.”Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our BuckeyeXtra newsletter
Carrico, a four-star recruit who is 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, is ranked as the third-best middle linebacker in the nation in 2021 and the No. 126 overall prospect, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. Both Alabama and Clemson had offered him a scholarship.
In the early stages of building their recruiting class for 2021, the Buckeyes have relied on commitments from mostly local standouts.
With Carrico’s pledge, he became their fourth in-state player committed. The lone out-of-state commit for 2021 is Kyle McCord, a decorated quarterback recruit from Philadelphia.
All four in-state commits are ranked in the top-five for Ohio in 247Sports' composite rankings, led by Pickerington North defensive end Jack Sawyer and Richfield offensive tackle Ben Christman.
Through the first two games of his junior season at Ironton, Carrico has 17 total tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, as well as a sack and a blocked field goal, according to statistics kept by MaxPreps.