If there was one element to the Ohio State Buckeyes that was lacking in 2012, it was the secondary. Thankfully, four-star recruit Eli Apple will provide an immediate upgrade to a pass defense that ranked 76th nationally this past season, per NCAA.com.
According to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, Apple is the 45th-ranked recruit in the country and the fifth-best cornerback prospect. Hailing from Voorhees, N.J.’s Eastern High School, there is plenty of upside for the talented Apple.
Fellow classmate Cameron Burrows has the ability to play safety and corner, but Apple has the best chance of making an immediate impact.
At 6’1″ and 185 pounds, Apple still has plenty of room to fill out his promising, strong frame. He will give receivers a lot of trouble getting off jams at the line of scrimmage even in his freshman year at OSU.
Not only does Apple possess uncanny instincts and understanding of route concepts to play lockdown man coverage, but he is also very good in zone coverage.
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