Ohio State Commit Dasan McCullough freaks out to Indiana
The 6-foot-5 and 220-pound McCullough had been signed to the Buckeyes since last August and was widely viewed as one of the leaders of their 2022 recruiting class, along with the five-star linebacker pledge made by Kettering Archbishop Alter CJ Hicks. His father, Deland McCulloughWhen he was hired by the Hoosiers as deputy head coach and running backs coach in February, his attitude changed drastically.
The younger McCullough stated at the time that his father’s new job would have little or no impact on his commitment to the state of Ohio, and even said two weeks ago when the Under Armor All-America Camp Series stopped in Columbus, that it was nothing more than that – his job.
“We’re all set to travel on our own,” McCullough told BuckeyesNow. “Of course he said, ‘It’s open if you want,’ but he didn’t press me to do anything because he knew I was with the state of Ohio. He didn’t try to do that. It means a lot. Somehow I expected that. He knows how this job works and could be anywhere in two years. He will support me wherever I want to go on my journey. “
In the meantime, the Hoosiers have received obligations from McCullough’s younger brother Daeh McCullough, a four-star security from the 2023 class, and its older brother Deland McCullough II, a defense attorney who announced on Saturday that he was moving to Indiana from Miami, Ohio.
McCullough then removed all signs of his commitment to the state of Ohio from his social media accounts, including a profile photo of a wall-mounted deer wearing a hat with an “O” block on it in one place or another of everyone else Promise was used in class.
The decision comes as a bit of a surprise given that McCullough was 100 percent bound by his promise with the Buckeyes and played a key role in bringing other highly rated players to their knees. He also had a great relationship with the head coach Ryan Day and linebacker trainer Al Washington, even without being able to meet in person or visit the campus because of the pandemic.
“I felt the state of Ohio was the best place for me,” said McCullough when asked earlier this month why he chose the Buckeyes. “I was a big part of Cincinnati too. I am literally in my home state. My relationship with Coach Al, Coach Day, has also been fantastic. I felt like I had met her before. It was great. I felt the love of all the staff and there is no better feeling than winning the national championship for your home state. “
On the other hand, the opportunity to play for his father and brothers was just too great to miss.
Ohio State, meanwhile, has a few more promises to linebackers from Hicks and Marysville four-star Gabe Powers. The Buckeyes will obviously try to fill in the void McCullough left behind, although it will certainly be difficult to find someone who has the size and versatility to play the role of hybrid linebacker and safety.
Perhaps the staff’s best course of action is to convince McCullough to turn back. If not, the Buckeyes mostly have deals for several other linebackers, including the Baltimore St. Frances Academy’s four-star hotel Jaishawn Barham;; Manassas (Va.) Unity Reed four-star Shawn Murphy;; and Manvel, Texas, three stars Justin Medlock.
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