Pitt '18 PA OL - Jake Kradel (Pitt Verbal)

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    CHANGE OF PLANS

    Butler, Pennsylvania, three-star offensive guard Jake Kradel narrowed down his list to seven schools — Maryland, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia earlier this month and set an announcement date for June 10. But schools like Iowa and Wisconsin have entered the fray in recent weeks, so he's decided to push things back a bit.

    “I’ll commit when I’m ready,” Kradel told 247Sports. “But it won’t be June 10. It will be towards the end of June.”

    The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Kradel is considered the 42nd-best offensive guard and No. 984 prospect overall in the Class of 2018, though Ohio State's staff has earmarked him for center. The Buckeyes have been Kradel's leading since they offered him a scholarship in late March, but he wanted to hold off on a commitment until he got to know the coaches better.

    Kradel talks to coach Greg Studrawa almost daily, but there are several other candidates — like Fredrick “Juice” Scruggs and Matthew Jones — who could also play center. He'll return to campus next month for a one-day position camp, and that'll go a long way in determining if Columbus is his eventual landing spot.
     
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    The Kradel will rock?

    The discussion around Butler (Pa.) 3-star offensive lineman Jake Kradel, since the day he was offered a scholarship by Ohio State on April 5, had centered on one specific outcome: Kradel would be a Buckeyes commit, it was just a matter of when.

    The country’s 42nd-ranked offensive guard – who projects as a center in the Ohio State plans – announced in early May that he’d make his college decision on June 10. Then he picked up offers, among others, from Wisconsin and Iowa, two schools that consistently develop NFL-caliber offensive linemen. There were some who thought he’d want to see those schools before making an announcement.

    Expect that to now be the case and for a decision to be made after June 10, without any specific date in mind.

    I always felt that June 10 was significant because Ohio State has its first summer one-day recruiting camp on June 9, and Kradel was likely wanted by the Buckeyes. If he’s not at any of the Ohio State camps in June, you could consider that a good sign he’ll end up anywhere but Columbus for college.
     
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    Jake Kradel opts to stay home, doesn’t pick Ohio State

    When Jake Kradel landed an offer from the Buckeyes two months ago, most people assumed the 3-star offensive guard would end up committing to Ohio State.

    “Coach Meyer offered me,” Kradel told Land of 10 at the time. “It’s one I’ve been waiting for. It’s amazing. Just an extremely exciting moment.”

    Meyer offered him, but it was offensive line coach Greg Studrawa who was most present in Kradel’s recruitment. The belief was Kradel planned to camp at Ohio State this summer and seemed content to hold off on a college decision until that occurred. Apparently, that was not the case. On Tuesday night, Kradel committed to Pittsburgh, going public with his decision just hours after a weekday visit to the Panthers campus.

    Ohio State is likely to take four or five offensive linemen in its 2018 recruiting class and though Kradel’s potential caught the Buckeyes’ eye early, they had hoped to get a chance to see him compete and dominate at the point of attack in person this spring and summer. As a future center, Kradel was being evaluated against players such as Fredrick Scruggs and Verdis Brown, each of whom remain high on Ohio State’s recruiting board for interior offensive linemen.
     

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