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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 11/17 - Jonathon Cooper commits, Drake Jackson talks offer

Get caught up with the latest in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

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The weekend started off with a boom for the Ohio State football program. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes picked up their fourth verbal commitment from another one of the state's top class of 2016 prospects.

Finally going public with his college plans, and joining Hubbard running back George Hill, Sciotoville offensive guard Tyler Gerald, and H-Back Kierre Hawkins of Maple Heights in the class is four-star standout linebacker Jonathon Cooper of Gahanna Lincoln High School.

The 6'3, 215-pound Central Ohio native grew up rooting for the Buckeyes as a youngster, and picked OSU over a scholarship list that consisted of programs such as Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Indiana to name a few. With Cooper's commitment the Ohio State junior class is currently holding onto the eighth spot in the 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.

Want to know more on Jonathon Cooper, and his recent verbal pledge to the Buckeyes? Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered.

Bucks offer Jackson:

Drake Jackson is no stranger to the Ohio State program. The class of 2016 offensive lineman has been on campus quite a few times over the last year or so for camps and unofficial visits.

On Thursday evening, the Buckeyes finally decided to extend the four-star prospect and top overall center in the junior class a scholarship offer.

"I called Coach Hinton, and he told me that I now have an offer from OSU," the 6'2, 290-pound Jackson told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I'm very honored to be offered from such a prestigious program."

Jackson is hoping to announce his future home in the coming months. At the moment he has a short list that consists of Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee, where he visited over the weekend. Even though the Buckeyes might be the last of those schools to dish out an offer, Drake has held OSU in high regard since they started showing interest.

"It really doesn't change things up, because I've considered them an offer school for quite awhile."

UK has been pegged as the team to beat for the Versailles, Kentucky native, but with an offer now in hand, and plenty of time left for Urban Meyer and the OSU coaching staff to change his mind, his recruitment could be something to keep a close eye on.

Reese to visit OSU:

With the Buckeyes playing at home this weekend plenty of recruits should be in town to watch OSU take on Indiana. Many prospects are still working on visit plans, but one class of 2016 linebacker already knows he will be in Columbus.

David Reese Sr. stated to Land-Grant Holy Land that he and his son, David Reese Jr., will make the trip down from Farmington, Michigan to check out the Buckeyes up close and personal.

Reese Jr., a three-star prospect with scholarship offers from quite a few Mid-American Conference programs such as Akron, Central Michigan, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan, has been on a number of college visits so far this fall. Over the last few weeks, the 6'1, 225-pounder has taken in games on the campuses of Michigan State, Michigan, and Indiana.

This season the junior led his 7-3 Farmington squad with 107 total tackles. To see David in action, check out some of his highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

Quick Hits:

  • 2018 Columbus City Prep forward Jerome Hunter visited Ohio State on Friday for the Buckeyes' season-opening win over UMass-Lowell. Zach Fleer caught up with the 6'6 freshman, and had him break down his time on campus.
  • On Wednesday 2015 long snapper, and Ohio State commit Liam McCullough will receive his U.S. Army All-American jersey during a presentation at Worthington Kilbourne High School.
  • A long list of future Buckeyes are chasing titles, but which one did enough to walk away as the Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP of the Week? The poll is open. Make sure to vote.