Five-Star Defensive End Zach Harrison Signs Letter of Intent With Big Ten School

    Five-star defensive end Zach Harrison made his college decision on Wednesday and the Lewis Center, Ohio native will stay in-state to attend Ohio State

    December 19, 2018

    Five-star defensive end Zach Harrison made his college decision on Wednesday and the Lewis Center, Ohio native will stay in-state to attend Ohio State instead of rival Michigan and Penn State. Harrison signed his letter of intent on National Signing Day, officially making him the highest-rated prospect who has signed to play in the Big Ten next season.

    He’s the No. 4 recruit and the No. 1 strong-side defensive end in the 2019 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Harrison is an imposing presence at 6-5.5 and 243 pounds, and he has been timed while running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash.

    He visited Michigan and Ohio State consecutively in the same week over the summer on June 21 and June 23, respectively, following an official visit to Penn State in April. The defensive end later took unofficial visits to Penn State and Michigan in September and October, respectively.

    But those trips weren’t enough to pull Harrison out of Ohio.

    Harrison also received scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and USC, among other schools.

    His impressive list of offers isn’t surprising for a player that 247Sports projects to be a future top-10 pick in the NFL Draft and that it compares to Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

    Harrison’s commitment to Ohio State is a huge win on the recruiting trail for next Ohio State coach Ryan Day, who will take over from Urban Meyer after the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes annually had the top-ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten under Meyer, so Day’s ability to land a top-five prospect nationally, even if he’s in Ohio State’s backyard, is an encouraging sign for Buckeye fans.

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