COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State recruiting machine doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Seemingly out of left field, the Buckeyes landed a commitment from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage 4-star DE Andrew Chatfield on Thursday.
My Commitment…. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/wphIpCZx99
— Andrew Chatfield™ ⛽️ (@Drew_Chatfield) June 2, 2017
With this addition, Ohio State moves to 11 total commits in the class of 2018. According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Chatfield is the No. 15 weakside defensive end and No. 291 overall prospect in the Class of 2018. All 11 members of Ohio State’s 2018 class rank among the top 300 players in the 247 Sports composite rankings.
Chatfield visited Ohio State for the spring game in April but wasn’t offered until May 23. All predictions on the 247Sports crystal ball to that point had him pegged to wind up at LSU. He also held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
— Andrew Chatfield™ ⛽️ (@Drew_Chatfield) April 14, 2017
Chatfield is the second defensive end and third defensive lineman in Ohio State’s class of 2018, joining 5-star DE Brenton Cox and 5-star DT Taron Vincent. He is the first player Ohio State has landed from American Heritage since heralded 2015 athlete Torrance Gibson, who has since transferred to Cincinnati.
He finished with 24.5 sacks as a junior in 2016, and also led American Heritage with 81 tackles. With those stats, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel named him the All-Broward County Defensive Player of the Year.
“He really filled in that role of the pass-rushing end that you have to deal with,” American Heritage defensive coordinator Chad Wilson told the Sun-Sentinel. “Biggest thing is an increase in confidence — not that he lacked it last year, but he just upped it this year.”
Chatfield is also the high school teammate of Patrick Surtain II, a 5-star cornerback who is the No. 4 overall prospect in the class of 2018, and 4-star CB Tyson Campbell. Surtain is being pursued by virtually every elite program in the country, including Ohio State, and there is some speculation that Campbell is the Buckeyes’ top target at cornerback in this cycle.