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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 3/20 - Josh Barajas, Drake Jackson preview visits

Get caught up with all of the Buckeye recruiting news from Wednesday and see what class of 2014 linebacker Josh Barajas and 2016 offensive lineman Drake Jackson are looking forward to doing on their trips to Ohio State today.

Four star LB Josh Barajas will be on campus later today.
Four star LB Josh Barajas will be on campus later today.

Ohio State had three-star Texas wide out Jalen Guyton in town for a visit on Wednesday, continuing a huge recruiting week for the Buckeyes. Guyton, a 6'0 180-pound play maker with an offer from not just OSU but Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Indiana, Oklahoma, and many others, caught 42 passes for well over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior for Allen High School.

The visits aren't over for the Buckeye coaching staff as they will host a few more talented prospects later this afternoon. Class of 2014 linebacker Josh Barajas and 2016 offensive lineman Drake Jackson will be a couple of the recruits in Columbus later today checking out the campus, meeting with the staff and watching the current Buckeyes go through a spring practice.

Barajas, a 6'3 210-pound speedy and tough linebacker out of Andrean High School in Merrilville, Indiana, is starting to become one of the hottest recruits in the Midwest, picking up scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Oregon, Boston College and others over the last few weeks, is looking forward to his trip to Central Ohio.

"It'll be my first college practice I've ever watched so I'm excited about that and also meeting the staff and maybe some players." Barajas, a four-star recruit told Land-Grant Holy Land. I've been talking to Coach Ash the most and he just kept telling me that he can't wait until I came down." He added.

Holding numerous offers already, Josh definitely has nothing but respect for OSU and wouldn't take an offer from the Bucks lightly. "It'd be big." Barajas said. "I like Ohio State and what Coach Meyer has already done. They're good year in and year out. They are a great program."

For highlights of Josh in action, check out his Hudl page.

Arguably one of the top class of 2016 lineman, Drake Jackson will make the trip from Versailles, Kentucky to the OSU campus.

"I am going to get there early tomorrow." Jackson told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I can't wait to check out the campus along with the facilities. I hope to be able to talk with the coaches at length and let them realize my passion and knowledge for football. I'm also excited to watch practice and film with the coaches and players." The 6'2 290 pound, Jackson, who holds offers from Kentucky and Vanderbilt added.

Drake's relationship with the Buckeyes might be sort of on the new side but seems to be something that both want to continue over the next few years.

"I have talked with Coach Pantoni. The contact is recent, but they've watched my film and loved my pontential at center." Jackson said. They want me to camp with them over the summer. (An offer) would mean everything. That's something you dream about, playing at a place like that. It would have to be with the top of my college choices. Something to take serious."

See why Jackson is held in high regards with these highlights on his Hudl page

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State offered Arkansas class of 2015 wide out KJ Hill on Wednesday. Currently a three-star prospect, Hill caught 83 passes last season at North Little Rock High School for over 1,200 yards and 20 scores. The Buckeyes join programs such as Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State and others in offering the 6'1 175 pound standout.
  • Ohio State also offered four-star Arizona offensive lineman Keenan Walker of Paradise Valley, Arizona yesterday, joining Arizona, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Michigan and a long list of other solid schools.
  • Three-star 2015 defensive back Kareem Orr announced he is visiting OSU on Saturday. See what the Chattanooga, Tennessee native had to say about his upcoming trip to Columbus and more, here.
  • Per Derek Tyson of ESPN, class of 2015 offensive lineman Jake Frugmorgen will make his way north from Tampa, Florida and visit Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State next weekend. Jake, a four star prospect, is the son of one time Alabama and NFL lineman, John Frugmorgen and seems to be a lock to stay down south at this time, with Clemson being serious players for his commitment.
  • 2015 Ohio State target, Luke Kennard was named the 2014 Ohio's Mr.Basketball last night. Kennard, a 6'5-ish Mr.Do it all for Franklin High School, averaged over 40 points a contest for the Wildcats this past season.