Wednesday was a busy day on the recruiting trails for the Ohio State football and Ohio State men's basketball coaching staffs. While there wasn't a ton of action from a dishing out offers perspective, the Buckeyes' revenue sports teams did their due diligence to keep a number of top prospects and potential targets warm as is often required to eventually convert these courtships into actual scholarship agreements on future National Signing Days.
We start on the hardwood, where the Buckeyes swung by to meet with Nashville (TN) Ensworth 2015 shooting guard Andrew Fleming. Fleming, who's listed at 6'5, 200 pounds, is a three-star in the 247Sports Composite rankings and checks in as the 48th ranked shooting guard in the class of 2015, the seventh best player from the state of Tennessee, and the 195th best overall player in the class. In addition to Ohio State interest (who have yet to offer him), he currently hold scholarship offers from Florida, Memphis, and a number of SEC programs.
Matta and the Buckeyes actually first took Fleming's temperature Tuesday, talking to the talented young guard on the phone before arranging the in-person the day after. "It went great. I love Coach Matta. He is hilarious. We were laughing the whole time. He will for sure be in to see me on Wednesday," Fleming told Bucknuts' Alex Gleitman.
On Wednesday, OSU came through where Fleming said they "had a great visit." Though an offer would still need to come down the pipes for their to be any chance for any real movement here, the relationship between the two parties is definitely off to a promising start.
See what Fleming would prospectively bring to Ohio State here:
Bucks take to D.C./Maryland/Virginia
Shifting gears to the gridiron, Ohio State was all over the DMV Wednesday, leveraging the network and relationships of defensive line coach (and ace recruiter) Larry Johnson Sr. One the places the Buckeyes stopped in to take a few folks temperatures Woodbridge (VA) Freedom High School. Woodbridge, an exburb about 40-45 minutes outside of our nation's capital (assuming perfect driving conditions which as anyone who's ever been to the District know, are pretty rare), is home to 2016 defensive end Kyree Campbell.
Though it's much too early for us to have a large, definitive sample of evaluations on Campbell, the 6'5 250-pounder has already been pegged as an early four-star by 247Sports' crack staff. He's currently gauged as the 7th best strong side defensive end, fourth best player from the state of Virginia, and the 116th best overall talent amongst his peers. Perhaps even more excitingly, the Buckeyes are early front runners for the talented, promising edge rusher.
Though he name checked North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and local Maryland and Virginia as schools who've offered him, Campbell told 247Sports' Ryan Bartow, "To me, I would have to say Ohio State," when asked about his biggest offer to this point. Citing OSU fans around him, the Buckeyes are well positioned to get out to an early lead with Campbell but will have their work cut out for him. Alabama and defending national champions Florida State are just on the Bucks' heels.
Also in the D.C. area, the Buckeyes swung by loaded Gonzaga College High School to check in on a number of top prospects. Amongst them, four-star guard/defensive tackle (and current Alabama commit) Richie Petitbon.
The Bucks offered the talented lineman this past fall on what proved to be a big day for the big time guard. "Coach Smith from Ohio State came to my school Thursday and told me to give him a call and when I called him, he offered me a scholarship," Petitbon told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I was very excited. To be offered by such a great program with such a great rich history is really amazing," he added.
Though flipping anyone from the likes of Alabama is a task reserved for the highest of difficulty acclimated recruiters, never count out Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Recent Florida commit Marcus Lewis, who had Ohio State as his leader not terribly long ago but pledged to the Gators a week ago today, is also a Gonzaga product, but is transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season. Once he makes his way to the Sunshine State, you can effectively count that courtship as over.
Ohio State certainly made the rounds at other top D.C. (and surrounding metro area) institutions, but one other of note is perennial power, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD. 247Sports Composite four-star ATH/S Tyler Green is amongst the players Ohio State has had interest in in the past. Other players of note at the school include WR/ATH Darryl Turner, OG Terrance Davis (2016), 4-star SSDE/LB Shane Simmons (2016), and 4-star WR/S Tino Ellis (2016)
- The Buckeyes were represented from a football sense in Tennessee as well with 3-star WR Emanuel Hall getting a visit.
- He wasn't the only one from the Volunteer State. 4-star CB Cameron Ordway from Pulaski, TN (Giles County) also reported a visit.
- 4-star OT Matthew Burrell, who was just in Columbus recently, got an offer from Michigan and a visit from Ohio State as well. Burrell attends the same Virginia high school as Kyree Campbell (featured above).
- The Buckeyes are expected to make the Top-7 for 4-star Lexington, VA tackle Austin Clark.
- Top linebacker target Sh'mar Kilby-Lane (who many pegged as a possible commit during spring game weekend) tells Scout's Amy Campbell it's a two-horse race ($) between the Buckeyes and Florida State.
- 3-star West Chester, OH (Lakota West) LB CJ Stalker tells Rivals' Josh Helmholdt he expects the Buckeyes to visit ($) later this week.