Starting things off, Ohio State sent out an offer to 2015 wide receiver prospect Calvin Ridley on Tuesday. Ridley, from Pompano Beach, Florida, checks in at 6'2 and holds a slew of offers from Alabama, Miami, Florida, Clemson, and Tennessee. The Florida schools may have an upper edge at the moment, but it's way too early to get worried about this one. Ridley is one to watch moving forward and coach Zach Smith is continuing to oversee operations run successfully down south.
Ohio state offer— c.o.r boyz (@ridley_calvin) January 28, 2014
Staying in the class of 2015, Pennsylvania running back Andre Robinson was also able to earn an offer on Tuesday afternoon.
Per multiple reports #OhioState has offered 2015 Pennsylvania RB Andre Robinson— LGHL Recruiting (@LGHLRecruiting) January 28, 2014
Robinson is a smaller, shifty back with excellent feet. From Pennsylvania, there's no question that newcomer Larry Johnson Sr. had a say in this offer. With offers from tons of schools on the east coast, Robinson rushed for 2,338 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior last season.
Like Ridley, this recruitment is just getting started and the process is far from over. However, there's much to like in Robinson and if the Buckeyes were able to grab the consensus four-star, it looks as if he'd be a perfect fit in Urban Meyer's offensive system.
We caught up with Robinson to get some quick hits on the big offer from the Buckeyes:
On the offer: "Coach Johnson and Coach Drayton were at school today and they told my coach (about the offer)"
On his relationship with LJ: ""Yeah, I've know him since my freshmen year," he told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I think he's a good guy; I like him a lot."
And finally, on Buckeye junior-to-be Noah Spence, who attended the same high school: "He was a senior when I was a freshmen," Robinson said. "He's told me he likes it a lot out there and really like Coach Meyer."
Ahmmon Richards and teammate Jean Rene were paid visits by the Buckeye's coaching staff yesterday. Again, two more prospects from Florida, Richards has seen his recruitment start to pick up as of late as he picked up an offer from Miami (FL) on Monday to add to his West Virginia offer he picked up towards the end of 2013. A wide receiver, he possesses elite size at 6'3 and weighs in at 175 pounds. The most impressive thing, though, is that Richards is currently just a sophomore in high school and has tons of more time to grow and develop his body. Getting in on Richards early was a huge move by the Buckeyes because there's no doubt that after a big season next year, he could be one of the most regarded high school receivers in his class.
Fau and ohio state on Wellington campus talking to Ath ahmmon Richards and WR/DB jean Rene— Chris Forte (@ChrisForte04) January 28, 2014
On the hardwood, Ohio native Derek Funderburk Jr. picked up his very own offer as well. A class of 2016 athlete, the Buckeye offer made in three Big Ten offers for Funderburk as he also holds some from Penn State and Iowa. As well as Xavier out of the Big East Conference. A giant already, Derek is towering at 6'9 and is a shoe-in to be among the top players in the state by the time he's a senior – heck he already is. Being an in-state prospect, it's hard not to like Ohio State's chances in this one.
Sources tell me that Ohio State has offered a hoops ride to St. Edward 6-9 soph Derek Funderburk. Can't say as I blame them. #seeuin3yrs— Tim Rogers (@TimRogersCLE) January 28, 2014
Miles Joseph contributed to this report