Ohio State lands four-star linebacker from Kansas City area

Bill Rabinowitz
The Columbus Dispatch

Dasan McCullough, a versatile four-star linebacker from Kansas City, Kansas, committed to join Ohio State’s 2022 football class on Tuesday.

McCullough, who attends Blue Valley North High School in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, is the son of former Miami University star running back Deland McCullough. The elder McCullough is the Kansas City Chiefs’ running backs coach.

Dasan (pronounced duh-SAHN) McCullough is listed as 6 feet 5 and 220 pounds. He is the top-ranked player in Kansas and is No. 70 nationally in 247sports.com’s composite rankings.

McCullough was born in Cincinnati — his father briefly played for the Bengals — and lived there for nine years.

“Having the chance to go back and play in front of my whole family — grandparents, uncles, cousins on my mom’s and dad’s side — it felt like a great opportunity I couldn’t miss out on,” McCullough said. “And I love the coaching staff there.”

Bucknuts.com recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic described McCullough as “super-versatile athlete” in the mold of former Clemson standout Isaiah Simmons.

“Simmons was a little more toward a secondary guy and Dasan is really more of a defensive end/linebacker,” Kurelic said.

“Dasan is going to play as a Sam linebacker, but they also told him he’ll be able to put his hand down and rush off the edge as well as drop into the secondary and play secondary. There are very, very few guys who have that capability.”

McCullough said he picked Ohio State over offers from Clemson, Florida State and Oklahoma.

“I’m very physical, real aggressive,” McCullough said. “But I feel what separates me from every other player is my IQ. My play recognition and everything I do outside of football leading up to the games is really what makes me a special player.”

McCullough just turned 17, but Kurelic said he doesn’t act like a typical teenager.

“This is my 34th year now, and he is one of the most mature young men I’ve talked to,” Kurelic said. “When I talk to him, I feel I’m talking to a 25- or 30-year-old man.”

Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington was McCullough’s primary recruiter. McCullough becomes the third linebacker, joining Marysville’s Gabe Powers and Dayton’s C.J. Hicks, in Ohio State’s five-member 2022 class.

“It feels great to try to bring in a historic linebacker class,” McCullough said. “All we’re going to do is make each other better. All three of us who are committed now are set to play different positions, so we could be on the field at the same time.”

The Buckeyes are also in pursuit of a couple of other top linebackers.

“Al Washington has just done an absolutely spectacular job recruiting linebackers for 2022,” Kurelic said.