Ohio State football: Buckeyes gain another recruit – Columbus Dispatch

Kevin Feder was the only college football fan in his family. Though he grew up in New Jersey with no connection to Ohio State, he always liked the Buckeyes.

So even though the offensive lineman committed to the University of Miami in January, he was more than willing to listen when Ohio State offensive-line coach Ed Warinner began to recruit him.

He came to Columbus and impressed at Ohio State’s camp on Thursday, earning an offer the next day. Today, Feder accepted it.


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“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve grown up watching Ohio State,” he told The Dispatch this afternoon. “It’s been one of my dream schools.”

Feder, who attends Don Bosco High School in Ramsey, N.J., is rated a three-star prospect by 247sports.com. He is ranked as the 16th-best prospect in New Jersey and the 82nd-best offensive tackle nationally.

But that ranking doesn’t tell the whole story. At 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds, Feder is still growing into his body. Too big to play Pop Warner football as a kid and not interested in basketball, Feder was primarily a wrestler.

Most of his football career has been spent on the defensive line, and his junior season was marred by a leg injury – a stress fracture that became a full fracture of his tibia.

“In the beginning of the season, I thought I had shin splints, but I was actually playing on a stress fracture for three weeks,” he said. “We made an appointment to get it X-rayed. The day before I was supposed to get the X-ray, I made a tackle and there was a dog pile and I took a helmet to where the stress fracture was, and it cracked my whole leg open.”

Doctors originally believed that Feder would miss the entire season. He returned for Bosco’s fifth game, though he played mainly defensive tackle. Even this year, he expects to play more on defense than offense, though he knows his college future is as an offensive tackle. Feder said his leg is fully healed.

His inexperience as an offensive tackle is one reason he believes he’s ranked as a three-star prospect.

“I don’t have a real problem with any of the ranking stuff,” he said. “I pay attention to that, but I really just try to focus on my personal goals and getting better every day. I can think I’m a five-star in my head.”

Feder wrestled last winter as a heavyweight, which required him to be no more than 285 pounds.

“Right now, I’m still filling into my body size,” he said. “I’ve been gaining a lot of muscle and weight since wrestling season was over. I don’t think I’m even close to being at the peak of where I can be. I’m working each day to get there.”

Feder is the fifth prospect to commit to Ohio State this week. Dublin Scioto linebacker Nick Conner, Cleveland St. Ignatius defensive end Dre’Mont Jones and Macedonia Nordonia defensive back Denzel Ward said they would join the Buckeyes’ 2015 recruiting class. Sciotoville offensive lineman Tyler Gerald committed to join in 2016.

Feder joins South Dakotan Grant Schmidt as offensive linemen in Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class, which now has 10 members.


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