As first reported by Bill Greene of Scout.com, Ohio State finally did what many have been expecting for quite sometime, and offered class of 2016 wide receiver Justin Layne yesterday. Layne, a Cleveland Benedictine teammate of 2015 OSU target and current Florida verbal commit Jerome Baker, is one of the top overall athletes in the state of Ohio, regardless of graduation class.
The 6'3 180 pound, four-star prospect has now picked up scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida, Miami, Pittsburgh,and West Virginia throughout the recruiting process. Layne should add many more to the list in the coming weeks.
Layne, who has wanted an offer from OSU for months, might not have committed on the spot, but with the scholarship now on the table, the Bucks should be in the mix for his pledge until he shuts his recruitment down.
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Wariboko makes plans:
On the 18th, the Buckeyes won't just play host to Rutgers, but also one of the top offensive linemen in the 2015 class.
Four-star guard Josh Wariboko will finally make the trip up North from Oklahoma to check what Ohio State has to offer. The 6'4, 320 pound one-time Oklahoma verbal commit currently has a top eight of the Buckeyes, Sooners, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, USC, Louisville, California, and UCLA.
With two already set to join the Buckeyes next season, Urban Meyer and the OSU coaching staff are definitely looking to add a couple more offensive lineman to the Elite '15, but will probably have to knock the visit out of the park to pick up a pledge from Wariboko.
At the moment, UCLA (who has also offered Josh's younger brother Max, a class of 2016 defensive back) seems to have a step on all programs on Wariboko's short list. Soon after receiving his offer from OSU, Josh told Land-Grant Holy Land that finding a place where he and his brother could suit up together on college level would play a huge part in his college plans.
Wariboko will head out west and visit UCLA in November.
Michigan commits to visit OSU:
With things not going as planned this season for the Wolverines, many of their verbal commitments are starting to look around at other programs. UM's misfortune could pay off for the Buckeyes, as two of Michigan's top prospects have now made plans to officially visit Ohio State.
Per Adam Friedman of Rivals, four-star defensive back Garrett Taylor will make a stop at OSU this season. The 6'1, 195-pound Taylor is also taking a strong look at Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee. Still committed at the moment, Taylor wants to make sure he has options just in case Brady Hoke and the UM coaching staff are let go.
Pretty much in the same boat as Taylor, standout running back Mike Weber of Cass Tech (the same school of OSU pledge Josh Alabi and alma mater of current defensive back Damon Webb) will give the Bucks a closer look, per Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.
Weber has missed a few games this season due to injury, but is still unquestionably one of the top overall backs in the class of 2015. The four-star talent isn't just planning on visiting OSU, as he wants to use all five of his Official visits before signing with a school in February.
Michigan State, Wisconsin, and USC are among the other programs Weber is interested in looking at again.