Ohio State picked up another defensive recruit Saturday afternoon with the verbal commitment of Cody Simon.A four-star linebacker from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., Simon is the No. 154 player in the 247Sports Composite national rankings and the No. 10 outside linebacker.After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to attend THE Ohio State University‼️I am grateful to now be able to focus on my team and our success for the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/e2CTj4U0VW— Cody Simon (@Cody_Simon30) June 29, 2019 He is the first linebacker to commit to Ohio State for the 2020 class and the fourth defensive player.He is the second from New Jersey, joining four-star offensive lineman Luke Wypler of Montvale St. Joseph.Ryan Day explains coaching changes necessitated by the transfer portal https://t.co/mdlbGq8sSB— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) June 22, 2019 Ohio State entered the weekend with the No. 8 class in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes were on top of the conference until a run of recruits picked up by Michigan in the past week, lifting Jim Harbaugh’s 2020 class to No. 5 in the country.Marcus Hartman DDN In Other News1RedHawks seek bounce back on Homecoming2 Lack of third-down efficiency in short yardage has stalled Bengals...3 Week 9 Roundup: Wayne rallies past ‘Boro; Centerville tops Fairmont in...4Bellbrook routs Monroe in SWBL East showdown5High School Football Week 9 ScoreboardAbout the AuthorMarcus HartmanMarcus Hartman has been a digital sports columnist and reporter at Cox's Ohio newspapers the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News since 2016.