Nearly every time the Ohio State coaching staff plays host to prospects you will more than likely have a surprise guest or two. While you probably already knew about four-star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and the gang of current Ohio State commits that headed to Columbus over the weekend, it was another class of 2015 prospect who stole the headlines.
Huber Heights Wayne defensive tackle and current West Virginia verbal commit Robert Landers visited OSU over the last few days after receiving his scholarship offer from the Buckeyes on Friday.
Landers, a 6'2, 295-pound Second Team All-Ohio selection, joined the Mountaineers' 2015 class back in October. But with the Buckeyes now offering, many believe Urban Meyer and Ohio State could once again be in line to flip a prospect to the Elite '15.
With just a few spots left for grabs in the Ohio State recruiting class there is no question the Buckeyes coaching staff wants to add a defensive tackle or even two to finish off 2015. Wilkins, Landers, Neville Gallimore, and Terry Beckner Jr., who will officially visit OSU next month, are all in play for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is currently the fourth overall program in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.
Want to see what Landers could potentally add to the Buckeyes? Check out his highlights, courtesy of hudl:
Gibson leads American Heritage to State Championship win:
Jerome Baker isn't the only member of the Elite '15 to lead his high school squad to a state title victory this season. On Friday future Buckeye Torrance Gibson and his Fort Lauderdale American Heritage teammates once again won a championship, defeating Tallahassee's Godby High, 38-0.
After a slow start, Gibson got rolling. The class of 2015 standout completed 7 of his 15 passing attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Torrance also scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the third quarter of the Florida Class 5A Championship win.
Going up against a very stout Godby defense, which consists of numerous Division I commits, Gibson helped pace the Patriots' offense to 443 total yards on the day.
With good news, there is always something bad to follow it. In a interview with 247Sports recruiting analyst Luke Stampini, Gibson said he is planning on taking a couple visits soon, including one to UCF with his mother, but has no dates set.
Gibson is one of the leaders of the Elite '15, and has a great relationship with the coaching staff and fellow commits. With only a few months left in his recruitment until he signs his letter of intent, if these aforementioned visits even happen, they are more than likely going to be used as something to compare Ohio State with to fully confirm his pledge. Gibson hasn't set foot on another campus for a visit since the summer.
We will have more on Gibson and his pending visits when news is available.
- 2016 OSU target Nick Bosa (the younger brother of Buckeye star Joey Bosa) and his St. Thomas Aquinas teammates won the Florida 7A State Championship on Friday. SB Nation recruiting analyst Bud Elliott caught up with the five-star defensive end after the 45-7 blowout.
- Former Ohio State verbal pledge and class of 2015 safety Tyler Green committed to Indiana over the weekend during his official visit to the Bloomington campus.
- Class of 2016 four-star offensive lineman Drake Jackson committed to Kentucky on Saturday. The Versailles, Kentucky native picked his home state Wildcats over scholarship offers from Ohio State, Alabama, and Tennessee.