It should come as no surprise that Ohio State landed a WPIAL football recruit this week.
Woodland Hills linebacker Ejuan Price made a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes Monday night and became the 11th WPIAL player to choose Ohio State since 2004. Some of those recruits have been among the cream of the crop in the WPIAL.
Among Ohio State's recruits from the WPIAL the past eight years have been Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor (class of 2008), Gateway linebacker Dorian Bell (2009) and Beaver tight end Rory Nicol (2004).
The other WPIAL players to choose Ohio State since 2004 are: Gateway receiver-defensive back Corey Brown (2009), Jeannette running back Jordan Hall (2009), Trinity linebacker Andrew Sweat (2008), Center offensive lineman Evan Blankenship (2007), Trinity tight end-offensive lineman Andrew Miller (2006), Woodland Hills receiver Devon Lyons (2004) and Canon-McMillan defensive back Chad Hagan (2010).
Ohio State also is recruiting some of the top players in the WPIAL class of 2012.
Hopewell's Rushel Shell, the most heavily recruited player in the class, has Ohio State as one of his top five schools.
Earlier this week, Penn State landed its 14th recruit from the class of 2011 -- and he was a former Pitt recruit. Bill Belton of Winslow Township High in New Jersey committed to Pitt in the summer, but changed his mind when Dave Wannstedt was forced to resign as Pitt's coach. Belton (5 feet 9, 191 pounds) played quarterback at Winslow Township and is the only player in New Jersey high school history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. But he was recruited by Penn State to play receiver or perhaps defensive back.
• A few top players in the WPIAL class of 2011 and some of the top juniors attended the Syracuse-Pitt men's basketball game Monday night. Hopewell's Shell was one of those.