As we continue to look at the incoming freshman in our Instant Impact series, Donovan Munger will not have the opportunity to be ‘instant’ or have an impact in 2013. The Shaker Heights, Ohio freshman was unable to start camp with the team because his transcripts had not yet cleared the NCAA clearinghouse. Coach Urban Meyer in his press conference today indicated that Munger would be at The Ohio State University this fall. However, other problems appear to affecting Munger’s ability to get out on the field. Today we have the news that Munger will miss the 2013 season due to blood clot in the lungs. The medical issue required hospitalization but did not appear to be life threatening.
Munger is part of a bumper crop of defensive linemen that came to Ohio State in the 2013 recruiting class and until the current medical issues came up he looked to be a competitor for playing time at the position. With six defensive linemen in the freshmen class, Munger was most likely going to be a red shirt anyway and the medical issue, only speeds that decision.
When Munger gets the opportunity to compete for playing time he will definitely be worthy of consideration. The young man is 6’4 inches tall and weighs in at 290 pounds. Jarvis Gibson, who coached Munger at Shaker Hieghts High School near Cleveland, said that Donovan is “Quick, fast, strong, and a mammoth of a man.”
The Buckeyes were fortunate to have Munger commit to them. He also had scholarship offers UCLA, Michigan State, Tennessee, Ohklahoma and Georgia. He was listed as a four star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247 sports.
Coach Urban Meyer believes in competition in everything that happens with the football program. Once his red shirt year is completed, Donovan Munger will get the chance to compete for playing time at Ohio State. He will be an instant impact performer for the 2014 Buckeyes.