Ohio State's coaching staff has to be pleased with how their weekend went. After a blowout win over Rutgers at home, the Buckeyes were still hard at work recruiting and trying to impress some of the top talent in the country. Head coach Urban Meyer was even able to land a commitment from '16 Kierre Hawkins while playing host to plenty of other talent. One of the top names from Saturday's list of visitors was '15 OG Josh Wariboko.
Wariboko is a 6'4, 302-pound offensive guard from Oklahoma City and is rated as a four-star in the 247Sports Composite. Wariboko is also ranked as the sixth best offensive guard in the country and the second best prospect at any position from the state of Oklahoma. The lineman holds offers from UCLA, Ohio State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and USC, among the teams that are still being considered as having a chance to land Wariboko.
After his official visit to Ohio State this past weekend, Wariboko had plenty of good things to say about the Buckeyes. Wariboko's next official visit will be to UCLA Nov. 22. He doesn't have any other trips set, but he's still considering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Texas A&M, USC, Cal, and Louisville.
Currently, the 247Sports Crystal Ball is in favor of the Bruins (46 percent of the vote) while Ohio State closely follows with 31 percent. A distant third and fourth has Oklahoma (19 percent) and Louisville (4 percent). With this latest visit, there's sure to be some movement in favor of the Buckeyes.
Torrance Gibson still on the fence:
I will not be committing tonight. Bad timing with everything— Torrance Gibson (@quick_tg6) October 21, 2014
'15 QB/ATH Torrance Gibson was expected to give his commitment on Monday, but late that night Gibson would back out of his plans to commit, citing that it was bad timing with everything going on. The dual-threat quarterback has been a hot topic in Ohio State recruiting for some time, and the Buckeyes have been the only team to host Gibson on an official visit thus far.
Five-star QB Torrance Gibson has yet to schedule the remainder of his official visits.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) October 21, 2014
Ari Wasserman of the Cleveland Plain Dealer makes a good point when bringing up Gibson's official visits. As mentioned above, Ohio State has been the only official visit the quarterback has taken, but even more importantly, Gibson hasn't even scheduled his other visits yet. Things are still looking good for Ohio State here, but the coaching staff will have to keep the pressure on.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball still reads in favor of Ohio State, as the Buckeyes have 77 percent of the experts' vote. Trailing behind Ohio State are Tennessee, Auburn, and Miami.
2016 QBs like the Buckeyes, too:
Finally, '16 quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. took to Twitter on Monday to say how much he wanted to go to the Ohio State-Penn State game this weekend. Of course, Haskins is being recruited hard by both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions, but Ohio State has been said to be the favorite up to this point.
Haskins holds offers from Penn State, Maryland, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Utah, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. As of now, the Buckeyes have been in contact with both he and fellow '16 quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and, in a sense, deciding which one they should go after.