Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 4/9 - Travis Waller drawing OSU interest

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California quarterback Travis Waller is starting to generate interest from Ohio State. Do the Buckeyes have a legit shot at landing the 6'3 athlete? Also Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is in Columbus today for a visit.

Kicking things off today, reports are that Ohio State is starting to show more interest in California quarterback Travis Waller. Waller, who plays his high school ball at Servite High School, has good size at 6'3 and weighs 190 pounds. He has no shortage of offers, either as Arizona, Washington, and Ole Miss are in full pursuit of the electrifying athlete. Though he doesn't hold an Ohio State offer just yet, things could change in a hurry if the plans with Brandon Wimbush or Lorenzo Nunez falls through. Nonetheless, Waller is an intriguing prospect and one to keep an eye on as we enter and push through the summer months. At the moment, 247Sports Crystal Ball has him as a 57% lock to the University of Oregon.

Late Monday, the Buckeyes made the early top ten cut for defensive end Kyle Phillips. A four-star with offers from just about everywhere in the country, Phillips has elite size and speed for his position—6'4, 255 pounds with a 4.61 40-yard dash time. Ohio State isn't considered the favorite by any means at this point in time, but the good news is that there's plenty of time to make up. The two Tennessee schools will be hard to beat out, the Vols and Vanderbilt, but Urban Meyer has had success landing top prospects from the SEC states in his tenure in Columbus. It's not the biggest position of need in the recruiting cycle, but Ohio State would love to add a couple studs across the defensive line and Phillips definitely fits the bill.

Making a huge visit today is 2017 prospect Keyshawn Johnson Jr. who has put together quite the offer list already and, as you remember, also holds one from Ohio State. Darnay Holmes, who is the same age as Johnson and attends Oaks Christian will tag along with him for the visit to Columbus. This dynamic duo will eventually be two of the top prospects in the country by the time their senior years roll around and whoever is able to land them will be getting two potentially great players. These kids will have to be recruited non-stop until they finally sign their LOI, which happens to be three years away.

Quick Hits:

-Current Buckeye signee Jalyn Holmes is locked up and will attempt to crack the Ohio State two-deep this fall. Recap his recruiting process and what makes him the special player that he is in this piece by our own Miles Joseph.

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