SAN ANTONIO – The Buckeyes have gone international once again with the commitment of defensive lineman Hero Kanu, a huge get for Larry Johnson, Ryan Day and the Ohio State team. There was some question as to how this commitment would go down with Kanu slated to take part in the All-American Bowl and then a positive COVID test took Hero off the field and complicated things to an extent.
The German national is still relatively new to the game of football but that did not stop teams like Ohio State and many others from getting on board with the 6-foot-5, 293-pounder and gladly offer him a scholarship.
Kanu moved to the United States to Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) to continue his pursuit of football dreams before the start of his junior season. Now he is a member of the Ohio State commitment class after picking the Buckeyes out of more than two-dozen offers that included programs like Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others.
Ohio State has gone international before but as of late that has been going to Australia to find punters, looking to Europe (by way of California) is a bit of a new avenue but with the proliferation of PPI Recruits, we are seeing more and more players from across the pond making their way to the United States to play college football and beyond.
Kanu was part of a PPI tour over the summer that made its way to Ohio State for a camp visit and the four-star lineman instantly bonded with Ohio State’s defensive line coach, Larry Johnson. While the majority of the PPI crew stayed in town for just one day, Kanu opted to stay a second day of camp, just to spend time with Johnson and learn the Ohio State campus before joining the tour at its next stop.
“It’s the stability. It’s the culture,” Kanu told Buckeye Scoop after his camp visit. “I’ve been talking to my coach about that for a long time now. I was like, ‘I want to see this place finally.’ And now I got to see it and I’m just thankful. And with the coaching today, I’m pretty sure I’m going to see that again.”
Kanu would make good on that and visit Ohio State officially for the game against Penn State and came away impressed but undecided. The talented lineman would ultimately end up visiting UGA, Notre Dame and Oklahoma along with Ohio State before making his decision.
Kanu joins fellow four-star defensive linemen Caden Curry and Kenyatta Jackson in this class as the Buckeyes look to reload on the defensive line.
We will have plenty more on this big-time commitment to the Buckeyes with an international flair.