Ohio State has added another offensive tackle prospect to its 2015 recruiting class as Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep tackle Kevin Feder has switched his pledge from Miami (Fla.) to the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-9, 305-pound prospect was offered on Thursday by Ohio State after an impressive camp performance.
"It feels good to be a Buckeye," Feder posted on his Twitter account.
While maybe not a player that was on the radar of the Ohio State fan base and media, the Buckeyes have been on Feder's radar for years.
"Ohio State has always been a childhood favorite," he said. "It's always been one of my favorite schools that I wanted to go to. To get the offer from them, it was just really unreal. It was really a no brainer for me to decide to go there."
Feder showed up to the Ohio State camp on Thursday without much fanfare but turned heads throughout the day with his size, strength, and athleticism, winning the 'Smokehouse' for the offensive line group despite being the largest prospect at the camp.
"Coach Warinner had come out to Bosco a few times and just watched me work out," Feder explained. "He really wanted me to come out to camp and show the rest of the coaching staff what I have to offer."
Feder obliged with an impressive workout in front of the staff, earning an offer and committing just a couple days later.
"They were really impressed with all of my stuff there," he said. "I got a 29.5-inch vertical jump and I ran a 5.18 40-yard dash and I measured in at 6-foot-9, 310-pounds so I think those times were pretty good for my size. They said they really liked the numbers that I had there and the way that I performed during one-on-one's as well as the way that I was picking up what coach Warinner was showing me."
It was an Ed Warinner production from the start for Feder who says he enjoys working with the veteran offensive line coach.
"Me and coach Warinner have a great relationship," he said. "We've definitely been talking a lot. We tried to talk about two or three times each week. Ever since he came into Bosco he's been recruiting me pretty hard. Bosco is a great high school program and when I was out there coach Warinner and coach Meyer were telling me how Ohio State is like the Bosco of college football and watching their workouts I can really see the similarities."
Due to various circumstances, Feder has worked very little at offensive tackle during his playing career, that should begin to change in the fall and certainly will at Ohio State.
"I started out playing left tackle last year and then I broke my leg," he explained. "I was able to come back during the season but I just played on the defensive side of the ball. This upcoming season I'll be playing defensive tackle and also working at left tackle some as well."
Feder made his commitment public on Sunday afternoon, after rumors of a flip began swirling on Saturday evening. He is the tenth commitment for Ohio State in the 2015 recruiting class and the second offensive lineman in the class, joining four-star tackle Grant Schmidt.
Feder is rated a high three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of New Jersey for the 2015 recruiting class. Stay tuned to BuckeyeGrove.com for more on this breaking story, including an impact piece on what Feder's commitment means for Ohio State.