Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are locking up some serious in-state talent with their 2014 recruiting class.
The Buckeyes had already secured commitments from five of Ohio's top prospects coming into Thursday.
They'll end the day with six.
Dante Booker, a 4-star linebacker out of Akron, Ohio, announced his verbal commitment to Meyer and the Buckeyes via Twitter Thursday afternoon:
Officially commited to THE Ohio State University #BuckeyeNation— Dante Booker Jr. (@D_Book47) May 23, 2013
Booker chose the Buckeyes over offers from Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.
Most recruiting gurus expected Booker to land at Ohio State (the Buckeyes earned a clean sweep in 247Sports.com's "Chrystal Ball Predictions"), but that doesn't take away from the importance of his commitment.
Booker joins fellow in-state 4-star prospect Kyle Berger as a true linebacker in Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. The Buckeyes also have a commitment from 4-star "athlete" Sam Hubbard (another Ohio product), who some project to linebacker at the collegiate level. Depending on how he develops, Hubbard will likely develop into a front-seven player at some level.
Two prospects from Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class—Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson (both 4-star prospects)—addressed a huge need for the Buckeyes at linebacker. Still, Meyer is looking to build depth at the position with the '14 class, and Booker's commitment was vital in doing so.
With Booker's pledge, the Buckeyes will likely take just one more linebacker in the 2014 recruiting cycle. Ohio State's top target at the position is Raekwon McMillan, a 5-star inside linebacker out of Hinesville, Ga.
Of course, the Buckeyes are still recruiting other linebackers, like 4-star Chase Winovich among others.
Regardless of which player Ohio State ends up with, Booker's commitment ensures that the Buckeyes will be getting an elite group next year.
Watch highlights from Booker's junior season here:
All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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