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Ohio State set to host several top recruits
A major visit weekend is on tap for Ohio State over the next two days as the Buckeyes coaches and staff members are expected to host at least a half-dozen recruits during the weekend. There’s a major focus on the offensive line and many of the Buckeyes’ top targets at the position, including several Ohioans, are making their way to Columbus over the next 48 hours. It’s a part of Ohio State’s continued push for underclassmen after National Signing Day for the 2018 recruiting class.
Mentor (Ohio) teammates Noah Potter and Ryan Jacoby are both planning on coming to campus, the duo confirmed. Potter, a 2019 defensive end, has held an Ohio State offer for several months, but Jacoby is a more recent addition to the target board for the Buckeyes. Ohio State didn’t offer Jacoby until mid-January, but it looks to be a game-changer for the 2019 tackle. The teammates share many of their offers – Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Boston College, Kentucky and Iowa State, to name a few. Potter also holds offers from Penn State and Michigan State.
Potter may be behind enemy lines during the weekend, as he’s expected to be the lone defensive lineman of the visitor group while being surrounded by top offensive line targets from multiple classes. Two other Ohio linemen in the 2019 class, Zach Carpenter and Zeke Correll, are expected to join the group, per tweets from both. The Cincinnati natives will be coming from the opposite corner of the state from the Cleveland-area prospects mentioned above. Correll will arrive on Friday, while Carpenter will follow him Saturday.
⭕️hio State today #GoBucks
— Zeke Correll (@zekecorrell) February 9, 2018
— Zach Carpenter (@CZach23) February 9, 2018
Correll has held an offer from Ohio State since late May and was one of the first Ohioans to claim an offer from the Buckeyes in his class. Ranked as the No. 10 guard in the country, Correll’s offer list is robust and contains many of the best programs in the Midwest and beyond. Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Clemson, Stanford and many other Power-5 programs have all offered the 6-foot-4, 270-pound standout. Correll’s recruitment is widely regarded to be an Ohio State and Notre Dame battle at this juncture. He last visited Ohio State in July for the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights camp.
Carpenter is not far behind Correll in the rankings, checking in as the No. 16 guard in the 2019 class, but he hasn’t yet caught up in terms of his offer list. Ohio State hasn’t offered Carpenter, but he does hold many Power-5 scholarships — UCLA, Pitt, Kentucky, Louisville, Northwestern, Duke, West Virginia and Indiana to name a few. Keep an eye on Carpenter as a candidate to earn an in-state offer in the future. It will be difficult for Ohio prospects to earn offers from the Buckeyes in this class, but the 6-5, 310-pound Carpenter will play high-level football somewhere in the future.
The ring-leader of the 2019 visitor list will be Ohio State commit Doug Nester, the country’s No. 8 tackle and a product of Huntington (W.V.) Spring Valley. Nester has been a frequent visitor to Columbus before and since committing to the Buckeyes in August, and he’s a stalwart of the Ohio State recruiting plans as the first commit in the 2019 class.
Joining the five rising seniors are two of the top 2020 prospects in the country, regardless of position.
Tackle prospect Paris Johnson Jr., a 6-7, 275-pound star out of Cincinnati-area powerhouse St. Xavier, already holds offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and a whole bunch of other programs. Johnson has gathered 19 scholarships before the end of his sophomore year of high school and will be a major in-state priority for the Buckeyes. He is expected to visit on Saturday.
Already ranked as the country’s No. 1 guard in 2020 by 247Sports, Oak Park (Mich.) lineman Justin Rogers has a scholarship list that includes many of the country’s big boys – Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Tennessee, Kentucky and many other programs, leading to an offer list that includes two dozen schools in total. This will be Rogers’ fourth visit to Ohio State in the last six months and the sophomore standout is considered to be a Buckeyes lean at this stage of his recruitment.
Buckeyes dipping back into St. Thomas Aquinas?
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas has been kind to the Buckeyes. The South Florida powerhouse is one of the most talented programs in the entire country and it has sent many of its top recruits to Columbus in years past — the Bosa brothers, starting cornerback Damon Arnett and since-departed wide receiver Trevon Grimes (now with Florida) have come to Ohio State in recent years.
The Buckeyes have offered nine underclassmen at Aquinas and continue to be involved with the Raiders program. One of the prospects that they’ve gained the most traction with in the 2019 recruiting class is standout cornerback Jaden Davis. Davis recently named Ohio State to a top-10 list that featured many of the nation’s top programs. The Buckeyes joined (in alphabetical order) Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Moreover, Davis is expected to take an official visit to Columbus in the future. Per a tweet from the 4-star prospect, he plans to take a spring official to Ohio State beginning on April 6. Ohio State is expected to be judicious with spring official visits and only wishes to bring in prospects at that stage who it feels it has a legitimate chance with and who plan to decide early. The 2019 recruiting class will be the first group allowed to take spring official visits.
Ohio State Offical April 6-8⭕️🤟
— IV (@Jayd4_) February 7, 2018
Davis is ranked as the No. 19 cornerback in the 2019 class by the 247Sports composite rankings. He also checks in as the No. 30 prospect in the state of Florida and the No. 185 player in the country, regardless of position. Davis is an impressive cover corner and one of only a scant few defensive backs in the country to earn an offer from the Buckeyes. Keep an eye on Davis’ recruitment in the future.
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