COLUMBUS – Many of the nation’s top defensive linemen have Ohio State as a must-stop on the camp tour with a chance to work out with defensive line coach Larry Johnson. The track record of the long-time coach is hard to compare with anyone else in terms of players put into the league in addition to collegiate success.
Johnson was a high school coach in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area before taking his job at Penn State in the mid-90s and still has strong ties with the area and it should be no surprise when players from that area make the trip to learn under Johnson, much like class of 2024 defensive lineman Dylan Stewart did on Monday during Ohio State’s camp.
Stewart is already rated as a four-star with close to 30 offers. There is no question that Stewart will play outside at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and the Buckeyes have been able to make a comparison to a former player to Stewart that has piqued his interest.
Former Buckeye Chase Young played his high school football at DeMatha high school in Maryland, not far from Friendship Academy where Stewart now plays.
“We have the same body type, we are from the same area,” Stewart said.
There was no worry about earning an offer on Monday with Stewart already holding an Ohio State offer and the focus of camp was getting a chance to work with coach Johnson and learn more about what Ohio State expects from its players and how it goes about teaching the game of football.
“I think I did well (today),” Stewart said. “I won all of my reps (in one-on-ones).”
There will be some time to go for Stewart as a class of 2024 star, but the Buckeyes have already made an impression in this recruitment at this point and should be in it until the very end.
“(My interest is a) 10, I would say it is a 10,” Stewart said.
The talented rush end also mentioned schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville, USC and Oklahoma as other schools that have captured his interest as well.
Check out what else Stewart had to say in this post-camp interview.