April 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State associate head coach Ed Beathea announced the signing of nine student-athletes for the 2012-2013 academic year Tuesday.
“This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said. “I have been a huge believer in the amount and quality of talent from Ohio and will remain so. However, we expanded our search nationally this year to include recruiting most of our signees from inside the very best on the national list.
I believe our consistency at remaining inside the Top 3 in the conference during the track season and qualifying for the cross country national meet over the last five years has built a strong foundation to start recruiting more talented student-athletes that will help us make the next jump into the elite. It is time to start scoring at nationals and winning Big Ten titles.”
In all, the Buckeyes will welcome five Ohio products and four accomplished out-of-state prospects to campus next fall. Meet the future Buckeyes:
Donovan Robertson // Hurdles – Berea, Ohio – Berea
- 2012 indoor national record holder in 60m hurdles (7.57).
- Ranked second in nation in the 110m hurdles and third nationally in the 300m hurdles in 2011.
- Defending Ohio state champion in both the 300H and 110H; runner up in 200m (21.53).
- Member of the 2011 USA Today All-USA Track and Field team.
- 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
- Selected Ohio State over Michigan, Purdue, and Iowa.
Coach Beathea on Robertson: “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history. He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country. He is as excited about attending Ohio State as we are to have him on our team. He is a hard worker and very committed to being the best.”
7.57 (60m hurdles), 13.70 (110m hurdles), 21.53 (200m), 36.90 (300m hurdles)
Joseph Velez // Throws – Providence, R.I. – Classical
- Finished with the second-best 25 pound weight throw mark in the nation among high school seniors in 2012 (76-11.75).
- No. 2 returning hammer thrower in the nation.
- 2011 Rhode Island state champion in the hammer throw.
- Chose Ohio State over LSU.
Coach Kevin Mannon on Velez: “Joe is a very dynamic athlete with tremendous potential in the throws. He has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013. Joe is a good technician and student of the sport so it will be very exciting working with him.”
PRs: 23.46m/76-11.75 (25 pound weight throw), 62.74m/205-10 (hammer throw), 16.64m/54-7 (shot put), 46.15m/151-5 (discus)
Champ Page // Sprints – Marlboro, Md. – Henry Wise
- Finished second nationally in the 300m (33.93), third in the 500m (63.71) and 11th in the 400m (48.28) during the 2012 indoor season.
- Ranks in the Top 15 among returning seniors in outdoor 400m.
- Six-time Maryland state champion.
- Selected Ohio State over Baylor, Arkansas, and Penn State.
Coach Beathea on Page: “Champ is a hard worker with tremendous range, from 200m to 600m. He comes from a family history of track and field. Champ will be a force to contend with in our conference, and will set the standard for others to follow with his tireless commitment to getting better each day.”
PRs: 21.63 (200m), 33.93 (300m), 47.78 (400m), 1:03.71 (500m)
Justin Burke // Sprints – Virginia Beach, Va. – First Colonial
- Two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100m, 200m, and 400m.
- Ranked sixth nationally in the 200m (21.49) and 12th in the 400m (47.42) during the 2012.
- Finished the 2012 indoor campaign ranked 11th in the 300m dash (34.56) and 22nd in the 55m dash (6.38).
Coach Beathea on Burke: “Justin brings great range and durability to our program. He will add needed depth to our sprint group and will challenge the best that our conference and country has to offer.”
PRs: 6.92 (60m), 10.67 (100m), 21.49 (200m), 34.56 (300m)
Billy Stanley // Javelin – South Park, Pa. – South Park
- No. 3 returning high school javelin thrower in the nation.
- Member of the 2012 ESPN Pennsylvania All-State team.
- 2011 Pennsylvania Class AAA runner-up in the javelin.
- 2010 USATF Junior Olympics national champion in the javelin.
- Chose Ohio State over Penn State, Purdue and Nebraska.
Coach Mannon on Stanley: “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013. He is a good athlete with a great right side, so with some technical improvement I look for him to do well at the Big Ten championships and potentially the NCAA’s.”
PR: 63.88m (209-7)
Steven Weaver // Distance – Napoleon, Ohio – Napoleon
- 2011 OHSAA DII state champion in the mile.
- 2011 DII state cross country champion.
Coach Beathea on Weaver: “I believe Steven will run right around nine-flat for two miles this spring and am very excited to have someone with his strength join in with the great freshman recruiting class we signed last year that are redshirting.”
PRs: 1:54.70 (800m), 4:16.46 (1600m), 9:29.90 (3200m), 15:21.90 (5k XC)
Jack Kincade // Multi-Events – Hilliard, Ohio – Hilliard Davidson
- 2010 Elite Youth All-American.
- 2011 USATF junior national qualifier in the decathlon (6243).
- Held the sixth-best score among high school athletes in the US in the decathlon in 2011.
Coach Tim Walters on Kincade: “Jack will add great depth to a terrific multi-events group, an area that has produced two Big Ten champions over the last five years.”
PR: 6243 points (decathlon)
Nicholas Pupino // Distance – Copley, Ohio – Copley
- 2011 third-place finisher in the 3200m at the OHSAA DII state championships.
- Fourth at the Division II state cross country meet in 2011.
Coach Beathea on Pupino: “Nicholas has some great spring time goals and I think he will fit into the program very nicely. He has made a big jump thus far indoors and I look for him to continue his development during the outdoor season.”
PRs: 4:27.00 (1600m), 9:22.11 (3200m), 15:27.65 (5k XC)
Jordan Redd // Distance – Fairborn, Ohio – Fairborn
- Nine time Greater Western Ohio Conference champion.
- Four-time district champion.
- Three-time top-25 finisher at the OHSAA Division I State Cross Country championships.
Coach Beathea on Redd: “Jordan knows many of the guys on our team well from having attended our OSU cross country camp the last couple of summers. He has very good speed and when his strength catches up with that, I see him making a very serious attempt at winning a state championship before his high school career is over.”
PRs: 4:18.52 (1600m), 9:19.55 (3200m), 15:06.00 (5k XC)