Ohio State has a fantastic recent history with linebackers, and adding one of the nation's best to their 2011 recruiting class will only help bolster that legacy: Richmond, Virginia linebacker Curtis Grant has committed to the Buckeyes.
Our Along the Olentangy had noted that Urban Meyer's departure from Florida made it possible for Ohio State to swoop in on Grant.
Grant is arguably the biggest recruit left on Ohio State's board and one of the biggest in the nation, period. He's ranked as the #2 overall recruit in the country by Rivals and has offers from literally every program in America. He's been linked to almost as many programs as he has offers, but much of his recruitment has centered around the Florida Gators. When Urban Meyer left, it opened up an opportunity for others to jump in, and jump in they did.
Since Meyer's retirement, Grant has taken four official visits to his four final suitors, Ohio State, Florida, Virginia, and UNC. According to the UNC Scout site, Curtis Grant informed UNC commit Norkeithus Otis that he was down to two schools on his official visit this past weekend, Ohio State and UNC.
Grant's a five-star prospect at both Rivals and Scout, and possesses a combination of size and speed that gives him elite pursuit ability and should make him productive early and possibly dominant later in his career.