The Buckeyes offered a scholarship to Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville linebacker Arvell Reese on March 8 when Reese, 2024 Glenville cornerback Bryce West and Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. Visit Ohio State that day.
“Coach (Ryan) Day offered me,” Reese told Bucknuts at the time. “I was smiling, happy, my friends and coaches were happy. I got up and hugged (Day) and thanked him. That’s definitely an offer I wasn’t expecting so soon.”
Reese’s scholarship offer total continued to increase to over two dozen, a list that also includes Alabama, Kentucky, Penn State, Michigan, Cincinnati, USC, Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa State and Rutgers.
But it is the Buckeyes who have won out. Reese has announced a commitment to Ohio State.
“First I like coach (Jim) Knowles, coach Koy (McFarland), coach G (Matt Guerrieri), coach (Ryan) Day, all great people,” Reese said. “Just being from Ohio, being from Glenville, it’s real special. Ever since I got to Glenville in December coach (Tony) Alford has been telling me he is going to make me a Buckeye somehow someway. It’s amazing.”
Reese is looking forward to playing for Knowles, the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
“Coach Knowles is a great coach,” Reese said. “I can see why he won all those accomplishments at Oklahoma State. He showed me some great stuff (when I was at Ohio State). He showed me clips (from Oklahoma State).”
Reese talked about where he will play in Knowles’ defense.
“He sees me as an inside linebacker,” Reese said. “He sees me blitzing off the edge on third downs, and first, second and fourth as an inside linebacker.”
Alabama was one of Reese’s more recent offers and it got his attention, but in the end it was the Buckeyes that won out as they have again landed a Glenville star and perhaps restarted the pipeline.
The 6-foot-3 and 212-pound Reese is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 277 overall prospect, the No. 2 20 linebacker and the No. 7 prospect in Ohio.
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Reese plans to return to Ohio State on Sept. 3 when the Buckeyes host Notre Dame in the season opener.
The Buckeyes have a great 2023 recruiting class going with commitments from 4-star quarterback Brock Glenn from Tennessee, 4-star running back Mark Fletcher from Florida, 5-star wide receivers Brandon Innis and Carnell Tate from Florida, 4-star wide receivers Noah Rogers from North Carolina and Bryson Rodgers from Florida and Jelani Thurman from Georgia, 4-star offensive lineman Luke Montgomery from Findlay, Ohio, 4-star offensive lineman Joshua Padilla from Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne, 4-star offensive linemen Austin Siereveld from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota East, 3-star offensive lineman Miles Walker4-star defensive end and tackle Jason Moore from Maryland, 3-star defensive tackle Will Smith from Dublin (Ohio) Coffman, 4-star cornerbacks Kayin Lee from Georgia, Calvin Simpson-Hunt from Texas and Jermaine Mathews from Ohio, 4-star safety Malik Hartford from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, 4-star safety Cedrick Hawkins from Florida and now Reese. The Ohio State 2023 recruiting class is currently ranked as the country’s No. 3 recruiting class in the 247Sports Composite team recruiting rankings.