Bucknuts.com has confirmed that Bellbrook, Ohio, linebacker Austin Spitler committed to Ohio State over the weekend. The 6-2, 225-pound Spitler becomes the 12th verbal commitment in an OSU class that figures to number right around 20 or 21 signees.
Spitler had received an offer from OSU shortly after attending the Michigan game Nov. 20.
“He had been waiting for the Buckeyes to offer him a scholarship,” said Spitler’s father, Greg. “He had been hanging on to an offer from Wisconsin as his top choice. When that offer from Ohio State came through, he sat down and talked with his family and his coaches and his other friends. He simply decided it was time to make his choice.”
Greg Spitler said his son contacted the OSU coaching staff “either Friday or Saturday.”
“I believe he talked to (linebackers coach Luke) Fickell and he also talked to (assistant Jim) Heacock,” Spitler said. “In fact, Coach Heacock is supposed to come down here and visit with us tomorrow.”
Spitler will make his official visit to OSU Dec. 10.
When asked if he was happy with his son’s choice, Greg Spitler said, “Absolutely. I’m an Ohio State graduate and I’m a big Buckeye fan. Growing up in the state of Ohio, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
We will work to contact Austin Spitler after school later today.
Spitler is ranked as Ohio’s 20th-best senior prospect by Ohio High magazine. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Southwest District honors and was also the Division III district defensive player of the year. He tallied 135 tackles and two interceptions for Bellbrook’s 7-3 team.
Here’s what will be written about Spitler in the January 2005 edition of Ohio High: “Year-round, I am talking to high school coaches,” wrote Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long. “Some long time associates are ready for the question even before I ask it. They know that sometime during the conversation I am going to ask what player or players impressed you this year. This year, I have not heard any players named more than Austin Spitler.
“Spitler had a fine senior year at linebacker for one of the best small school programs in Ohio. I think that has had an impact on his recruiting, and I think there is a question about his size. He is a middle linebacker all the way but is built more like an outside linebacker. Spitler runs really well; he ran a 4.72-second 40-yard time at the Nike camp on a sore ankle and ran a 4.6 at school. He plays smart and with intensity. Spitler is great in the weight room, benching 225 21 times and put up 29 reps of 185 at Nike. He had a 320 max last year. Spitler averaged 12 tackles a game this season. Wisconsin has offered.”