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Ohio State Buckeyes win halftime with commitment of 2016 No. 1 RB

The Ohio State Buckeyes are up 21-10 in the first College Football Playoff national championship game, but the rich just got a lot richer. That’s because the 247Sports No. 1-ranked running back for the 2016 class, Kareem Walker, announced he has committed to the Buckeyes.

Walker, a New Jersey native, is the fifth commitment for the Buckeyes in the 2016 class and we aren’t even to national signing day in the 2015 class. He also becomes the second running back to commit to the Buckeyes in the class, joining 4-star running back George Hill out of Hubbard, Ohio.

The commitment puts Ohio State just fourth in the 2016 national recruiting rankings, but they are No. 1 in the Big Ten once again.

Walker ran for just over 1,600 yards in his junior season at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey. He also added 26 touchdowns on just 199 carries for the season.

Over the course of three seasons, Walker has topped 3,000 yards, has 42 touchdowns and averages 108.8 yards per game.

He was a heavy Alabama lean according to the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions (75 percent) and none of the predictions were for the Buckeyes.

Certainly this is a commitment that will be a dog fight until national signing day in 2016, especially considering he’s the No. 1-ranked running back and there is over a year to go on the recruiting trail. However, it is clear that playing for and looking good in the national championship game has made a big difference on the Walker’s commitment.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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