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January 19, 2012

Five-star start

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The recruiting roll continues for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Fresh off three major commitments in the 2012 class earlier in the week, Meyer and company started the 2013 class with a bang on Thursday afternoon as they landed five-star defensive back Cameron Burrows out of Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect is the No. 1 ranked junior in Ohio by BuckeyeGrove.com and is one of just 10 early five-star prospects by Rivals.com. Burrows is the first member of Ohio State's junior class, giving the Buckeyes a five-star start in 2013.

"It's a great college with a great coach," said Burrows of Ohio State. "(Urban Meyer) is the best coach in the nation."

Burrows made the announcement at 4:30 PM eastern time at his high school auditorium in front of friends, family, coaches, and media. Burrows chose Ohio State from a group of seven finalists that also included; Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

While always considered an Ohio State lean, it did appear at the beginning of the process that Burrows would be a prospect that may drag his decision at least into the summer before his senior season, if not later. However, the relationship that Burrows has formed with Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff was too much to overlook and he decided to get the process over with earlier than originally anticipated.

"I wanted to get it over with before my senior season so I could just focus on the season," Burrows said. "I didn't want to have to worry about recruiting and coaches talking to me and everything. I wanted to focus on my team and on school."

"(The hiring of Meyer) helped a lot," he continued. "Urban is a great man and a great coach."

Though Burrows is the first commitment in Ohio State's 2013 class, he may not be the only junior to pick the Buckeyes this month. Fellow Southwest Ohio product Jalin Marshall out of Middletown is scheduled to make his college decision on January 31st. The two have gotten to know each other through both track and field and the football recruiting process and Burrows will be doing what he can to ensure that Marshall joins him in the class.

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