Although National Signing Day was more than three weeks ago, one key member of Ohio State's 2011 recruiting class didn't officially come aboard until last week.
John F. Kennedy (Cleveland) offensive lineman Chris Carter
signed a letter of intent to play for the Buckeyes on Feb. 24, increasing Ohio State's 2011 class to 24.
"I am glad to be a Buckeye," the 6-foot-6, 350-pound offensive lineman told the Columbus Dispatch.
Carter's signing was delayed because of concerns that arose from a legal situation Feb. 1. After an investigation, no charges were brought against Carter.
According to the Dispatch, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel re-issued a letter of intent to Carter after looking into the situation, saying, "He has had a great support system at home, as well as at his high school. … They truly believe that Chris will have great success on and off the field at Ohio State."
John F. Kennedy made the Division II, Region 6 playoffs and finished 7-4 overall last fall. Carter joins a recruiting class that also includes offensive linemen Brian Bobek from Fremd (Palatine, Ill.), Tommy Brown from Firestone (Akron) and Antonio Underwood from Shaker Heights.
Carter verbally committed to play for the Buckeyes in March of 2010 after also receiving offers from Akron, Miami University, North Carolina State and Toledo.
Also, Division I offers are continuing to roll in for Mentor junior defensive end Tom Strobel
and Buchtel (Akron) junior wide receiver Corey Smith
. According to ScoutingOhio.com, Smith added offers earlier this week from Penn State and Syracuse and now has 15. The news outlet reports that Strobel also has 15 offers, including one earlier this week from Ohio State.