Clarkston, Mich., four-star offensive guard Rocco Spindler included Ohio State in his top 10 on Monday afternoon alongside Alabama, Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee.
— Rocco Spindler (@RoccoSpindler92) March 2, 2020
The 6-5, 295-pound Spindler — who is considered the second-best offensive guard and No. 49 prospect overall in the class of 2020 — is considered a heavy lean to the in-state Wolverines, with the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish both making a significant push, as well.
Although Ohio State is recruiting him as an offensive lineman, co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is considered Spindler’s lead recruiter. Their relationship dates back to Mattison’s time as Michigan’s defensive line coach and when Spindler was unsure if his future was along the offensive or defensive line.
The Buckeyes already hold commitments from Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal four-star guard Donovan Jackson and Richfield (Ohio) Revere four-star tackle Ben Christman, and hope to add three or four more players at the position this cycle. Other top targets include Fairfax (Va.) Robinson Secondary five-star tackle Tristan Leigh; Bradenton (Fla) IMG Academy four-star tackle J.C. Latham; and Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass four-star offensive guard Jager Burton.
Spindler was last on campus for the Buckeyes’ 28-17 win over the Nittany Lions on Nov. 23, and is set to return for his official visit on May 1-3.