After a red-hot June, Ohio State’s football recruiting effort rolled right into July with a pair of pickups Wednesday.
First to jump on board was Cincinnati St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard, the No. 1 linebacker in the country according to Scout.com. Later in the morning, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell followed suit with a verbal commitment. Both are four-star prospects.
The day left Ohio State with 12 verbal commitments for the 2015 class, including seven who gave pledges during the June camp season.
Hilliard chose Ohio State out of a final five that also included Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa (where his brother plays) and Michigan. He is the seventh Southwest Ohio prospect to choose Ohio State in the past four classes and the third from Cincinnati, joining Adolphus Washington (Taft) and Sam Hubbard (Moeller). Aside from being Scout’s No. 1 linebacker, he is the top prospect in Ohio and 58th nationally.
Cornell is the No. 77 prospect in the nation and the No. 11 defensive end. His other finalists were Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State.
Adding him gives Meyer recruits from 21 different states since he took over at Ohio State after the 2011 season.