COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football is in a good position to add a 15th member to its 2018 recruiting class on Monday.

Jeremy Ruckert, the nation’s top tight end, will announce his decision at 3 p.m. He’s down to the Buckeyes, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. All 20 predictions in Ruckert’s 247Sports crystal ball favor Ohio State, so we won’t pretend like there’s some kind of drama to this.

If Ruckert is not a Buckeye by Monday afternoon, that would come as a shock to everyone in the recruiting world.

We’ll get more into what Ruckert’s commitment means for Ohio State after it becomes official, but know that this is a player who’s been a big riser of late in recruiting rankings. He’s always been considered the top tight end in the country in some circles, but at The Opening Finals Ruckert seemed to take his stock to another level.

In the 247Sports composite ratings he’s a borderline five-star prospect rated the No. 52 overall player in the country. In 247’s own rankings the 6-foot-5, 238 pound New York product is the No. 11 player in the country.

Check back to later after Ruckert makes his announcement. In the meantime, here are some Ruckert highlights to check out:

Verdis Brown commits to FSU

So Ohio State should be adding a player on Monday, but the Buckeyes last week missed out on another. Verdis Brown, a four-star center in 2018, committed to Florida State on Friday. There was a time when the Chicago native looked like a real possibility to end up in the Buckeyes’ 2018 class.

Brown is rated the No. 2 center in the country, and the No. 191 overall player in the class. He plays at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

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