Updated Thu, May 9, 2013 10:50 pm
Ohio University landed its fifth early commitment of the 2014 class Thursday, May 9. According to 247Sports.com reporter Steve Wiltfong offensive lineman Kirk Barron verbally committed to Ohio.
Barron is a 6-foot-3, 297-pound center from Marian High School in Mishawaka, Ind.. He is ranked as the No. 17 center recruit in the 2014 class according to 247Sports.com and is rated as a 3-star recruit by both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.
“When I visited there, it was definitely just the mental attitude they have around the program is that we’re going to line up and maul the people in front of us as an offensive line group,” Barron said in an article by Wiltfong Thursday evening. “The players there are first to none and the coaches there are better than ever.”
Barron has offers from Ball State and UMASS and was receiving interest from several BCS level schools including Illinois and Cincinnati.
The Marian Knights went 10-3 last season, losing in the quarterfinals of the Indiana State Division 2A playoffs.
Barron is the fifth player to commit to the 2014 class for Ohio, joining fellow offensive lineman Stephen Langenkamp as well as two defensive line commits and a quarterback as the first unofficial members of the 2014 class. He is the fourth player to commit to Ohio in less than a week.
Per NCAA recruiting guidelines Barron’s commitment cannot be made official until he signs a National Letter of Intent. National Signing Day is on Wednesday, February 6, 2014.