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Buckeyes sign 24th recruit, offensive lineman Chris Carter

Ohio State added its fifth offensive lineman to its 2011 recruiting class, as Cleveland John F. Kennedy High School’s Chris Carter signed his letter of intent with the Buckeyes on Thursday.

With Carter’s addition, OSU’s 2011 class has 24 recruits.

The first day recruits could sign their letters of intent was Feb. 2. Carter, expected to sign then, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Cleveland police on suspicion of sexual imposition and was held in jail overnight.

After an investigation, Cleveland police did not press charges against Carter, citing a lack of sufficient evidence against him.

In a press release Thursday, OSU coach Jim Tressel said he is “excited” about signing the 6-foot-6, 350-pound lineman.

“He has had a great support system at home, as well as at his high school with the likes of his principal Maryum Sims, his athletic director Velma Pettiegrew and his coach Scott Wodtly,” Tressel said. “They truly believe that Chris will have great success on and off the field at Ohio State.”

OSU’s 2011 recruiting class is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Scout.com, No. 7 by ESPN.com, and No. 11 by Rivals.com.

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