Defensive tackle Taron Vincent, the No. 15-ranked prospect in the 2018 class, has committed to Ohio State. Vincent chose the Buckeyes on Sunday over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and plenty others.
The 6-foot-2, 299-pound lineman is currently at IMG Academy in Florida, but he is originally from the Maryland area. A big part of his decision was his comfort level with the coaching staff, including defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who recruited Vincent's older brother to Penn State.
"My relationship with the coaching staff and the plan they have for me, for my future -- I can see that they'll develop me into a man and a great player," he said.
Vincent's father, Troy, is the executive vice president of NFL football operations, and was a big part of his decision. The family spent a considerable amount of time discussing the younger Vincent's recruitment and also spent time discussing the decision to commit now and commit to the Buckeyes.
"They were just making sure I'm not rushing my decision," he said. "That I'll be 100 percent committed to them and making sure I have full trust in the coaching staff, which I do."
While Vincent is one of the most highly sought-after prospects in the 2018 class, he says he knew this was the right time to make his decision and commit to coach Urban Meyer and his staff.
"My heart just told me I was ready," he said. "I told the coaches that I was committing, and they just started yelling with excitement and welcomed me to the family."