National Signing Day many times marks the beginning of a new era for high school athletes around the country as they transition to the collegiate level. It also means a new bunch of athletes for the nation’s most competitive programs. Nicholas Petit-Frere chose to begin the next chapter in his athletic career by committing to The Ohio State University on Wednesday morning.
Petit-Frere was the #1 ranked offensive tackle in the 2018 ESPN Top 100. He is a 6-6, 270 lb lineman who could still add on size as he matures. The native of Tampa, Florida also received offers and visited other top-tier schools such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Florida.
On a day in which Columbus was blanketed with snow and many student’s classes were canceled, Head Coach Urban Meyer was huddled inside watching as his program landed a fourth #1 ranked position player.
Petit-Frere joins Taron Vincent (#1 ranked DT), Jeremy Ruckert (#1 ranked TE), and Matthew Jones (#1 ranked in C), according to the ESPN rankings, as part of another top 5 ranked recruiting class for Urban Meyer and his staff.
One member of that staff, Defensive Coordinator Greg Schiano, was linked to leaving Columbus for the Patriots DC job this week before confirming that he would stay in his position for the Buckeyes.
During a press conference today Schiano said “At the end of the day, my family and myself, we love it here. It’s tremendous people at the university and town and this has become home,” after being asked why he chose to stay.
This should be music to the ears of Ohio State fans nationwide as Greg Schiano has made a huge impact on the Buckeyes defense over the past couple of years. The Ohio state led defense has been a top-10 ranked defense both years under Schiano.
Schiano, also the associate head coach, does a lot of recruiting for the Buckeyes as well and was the one who recruited Nicholas Petit-Frere.
The addition is big for the offense in Columbus who at times struggled last season in pass protection for J.T. Barrett. With the likely successor of Barrett being Dwayne Haskins, a much more traditional pocket passer, the Buckeyes are going to need as much protection for their quarterback as possible.
As of 2pm on Wednesday, according to the ESPN 2018 rankings Ohio State had the #2 ranked class in the nation.