Dublin (Ohio) Coffman defensive end Alex Barrow has verbaled to Ohio State, according to his mother.
Barrow returned home from his official visit this weekend to nearby Ohio State earlier today and, at that time, told Bucknuts.com that he would still make planned trips to Michigan State and Northwestern.
But something changed in the hours after that conversation. WBNS-TV (Ch. 10) in Columbus reported that OSU got a verbal this weekend from Detroit Cass Tech defensive end Vernon Gholston, although Bucknuts.com has been unable to confirm that.
It is possible that Barrow, sensing the class was filling up, saw that apparent move by Gholston as his cue to end the suspense and save his spot in this OSU class.
Barrow was not available late Sunday night for comment.
"He is asleep," his mother said. "You would probably need to speak with him to confirm that, but, actually, yeah, he has committed to Ohio State."
Barrow would be OSU's 18th verbal commitment in this class, not counting grayshirt candidates Joe Bauserman and Aaron Pettrey. Gholston would be No. 19. By our unofficial count, the Buckeyes could take as many as 26 players -- plus the two grayshirts -- in this class.
Here is the rest of our report on Barrow from earlier Sunday night:
Barrow (6-4, 245, 4.8)opened his visits Nov. 28 at Pittsburgh. He also saw Maryland in December and still plans to visit Michigan State and Northwestern the next two weekends.
"Ohio State probably just moved up," Barrow said. "That was the best visit I've been on. I thought it was cool. I got to learn more about the university. I didn't realize half the stuff they were talking about.
"Plus it was just neat to meet all the players and everyone I've always watched on TV," added Barrow, who was hosted by defensive lineman David Patterson.
Barrow was offered by Ohio State in December. He is being recruited by assistant Luke Fickell.
When asked if he was pressured to commit, Barrow said, "No, there was none of that."
When asked if he felt OSU was willing to wait until he finishes the rest of his trips, he replied, "I suppose so."
Barrow missed five games as a junior due to a shoulder injury. He then attended OSU's summer camp in June. He solidified himself as one of the state's top prospects with a stellar senior campaign. He had 58 tackles (25 solos), 13 sacks, one caused fumble and five batted passes.
He earned second-team All-Ohio honors in Division I, where his 10-3 Coffman team reached the regional finals. Duane Long ranked Barrow as the state's No. 23 senior in the December edition of Ohio High.