CLEVELAND — One of Northeast Ohio's best high school football players is headed to the state's premier college football program.
Glenville linebacker Arvell Reese has officially committed to Ohio State, announcing his intentions Saturday evening with a post to Twitter. The consensus four-star prospect also had offers from Alabama, Michigan, and USC, among several other schools.
Standing a 6-foot-3 and weighing 212 pounds, Reese is currently ranked as the 20th-best linebacker in 247Sports' composite rankings for the class of 2023 and No. 7 in all of Ohio (No. 2 in Northeast Ohio). He spent his first three years at Euclid and played both as an edge rusher and linebacker as a junior, but transferred to Cleveland for his upcoming senior season following a disastrous 0-10 campaign under since-ousted coach Rick Lytle.
Now playing for legendary coach Ted Ginn Sr. at Glenville, Reese joins a loaded roster that sports the likes of fellow four-star prospects Bryce West (who also has an offer from OSU) and Damarion Witten. The Tarblooders finished 9-4 in 2021 and advanced to the regional semifinals of the OHSAA Division IV playoffs.
Reese will also become the latest in a sterling line of Glenville alums to continue their football careers in Columbus. Most notably, quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy and receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn Sr. was a first-team All-American in 2006 when Ohio State achieved a No. 2 national ranking. QB Cardale Jones also came off the bench to lead the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014, and former All-Big Ten cornerback Marshon Lattimore was a first-round draft pick in 2017 and is currently a four-time Pro Bowler for the New Orleans Saints.
Reese's commitment gives OSU what presently stands as 2023's third-best recruiting class, according to 247. He and Glenville will open up their season on Aug. 18 at St. Vincent-St. Mary.