Ohio State football
'09 class keeps growing
OSU gets commitments from Dublin Scioto safety, Pennsylvania athlete
June 24, 2008 3:00 AM
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Even if space is almost gone in the fast-filling Ohio State 2009 football recruiting class,
Bradley McDougald said he was not sensing pressure from Jim Tressel and his coaching staff to jump
Nevertheless, the safety from Dublin Scioto made the decision yesterday. He became the 22nd
commitment moments after Corey Brown of Monroeville (Gateway), Pa., took the 21st spot.
"I was just ready to get it over with; I didn't want to delay it if I knew where I wanted to
go," said McDougald, who, like Brown, is 6 feet 1 and 190 pounds. "I thought I should just come out
with it. I was ready to be a Buckeye."
That's about what Brown said 200 miles away after he announced his decision, picking Ohio State
over Pittsburgh and Michigan. He joined a teammate -- Dorian Bell, a blue-chip linebacker who
announced his choice a month ago -- in choosing OSU.
"I picked Ohio State really because of everything you can think of," Brown said. "The academics,
the coaches, the facilities, the tradition, the great players they've got now, the way they keep
playing for championships -- they've got everything you want up there."
McDougald said he has seen that firsthand most of his life.
"Growing up here, being around it 24/7, it's always been a dream to play for the Buckeyes,"
McDougald said. "Going down to the Ohio State camp (for rising high school seniors) on Friday, I
think the coaches were impressed with me and I was impressed with the coaches."
Like Brown, he was offered a scholarship by Ohio State awhile back. But even as the class began
to fill in unprecedented early fashion, "they never gave me an ultimatum," McDougald said.
There was a good reason, said Bill Kurelic, a recruiting analyst for Bucknuts.com.
"He's one of the top athletes in central Ohio, and he's the tall kind of safety they're looking
for these days," Kurelic said.
Brown, whom Kurelic rated as the sixth-best prospect in Pennsylvania, played defensive back but
is also the kind of sure-handed receiver that teams desire. He said he could play either one in
college, whatever the coaches want. He picked Ohio State over Alabama, West Virginia, Notre Dame
and North Carolina.
"He doesn't have blazing speed," Kurelic said, "but he's a great player, which is why so many
schools were after him."