It was a very busy Wednesday when it comes to Ohio State recruiting news. The staff sent out offers to six talented high school football players in the state of Florida. But the biggest news of the day was being named in the top 10 for one of the best defensive ends in the country.
Last night, '15 DE Darian Roseboro of Lincolnton High School (NC) released his top 10 schools. The Buckeyes were included in the list along with Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, LSU, Michigan, NC State, North Carolina and Tennessee. Roseboro currently sits at 112th overall in the 247Composite rankings and the 5th best player in the tar heel state. According to his 247Sports Crystal Ball, the two teams in the best position to land the 6'4", 265-pound pass rusher are NC State and the Wolverines of Michigan.
As previously mentioned, Ohio State sent out plenty of offers to Florida prospects yesterday. The only offer given out for this recruiting class was '15 WR Ryan Davis of Lakewood High School. Though Davis is only ranked as the 325th best player in his class and the 41st best player in Florida, he has an impressive offer sheet. The Buckeyes joined Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wisconsin and many others on his list of offers. Davis told Land Grant Holy-Land on Wednesday that the offer from Ohio State puts them "very high" on his list. You can check out what else the 5'11", 167-pound pass catcher had to say about the Buckeyes offer here.
Ohio State seems to be very intrigued with the Florida prospects in the 2016 class. Of the six new offers by the Buckeyes, five were sent out to 2016 kids in the sunshine state. Teammate of the aforementioned Ryan Davis, '16 ATH Saivion Smith also got his hands on an offer from Ohio State yesterday. While Smith only has seven offers to his name at this time, a few of them are from big-time programs. The 6'2", 175-pounder has already received offers from Clemson, Florida, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, UCF and now the Buckeyes. With plenty of major programs taking notice of Smith, expect his offer sheet to continue growing. Highlights of the Lakewood prospect can be seen here.
Next up is '16 DE Malik Barrow, a four-star prospect from Tampa Catholic. As of today, Barrow currently holds offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina and a handful of others. The 6'3", 245-pounder already finds himself as the 206th rated player in his class and the 29th overall player in a loaded state of Florida. You can check out Barrow in action here.
Barrow was not the only defensive end Ohio State got around to on Wednesday. '16 DE Joseph Jackson from Gulliver Prep also got an offer. The four-star out of Miami has his named listed as the 238th best player in the 2016 recruiting class and 33rd in the state. The biggest offers for Jackson at this point in the process are Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. The 6'4", 229-pounder also has offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh and UCF.
Sticking with the defensive side of the ball, '16 DB Craig Watts of Gibbs High School was another recipient of a scholarship offer. The Bucks weren't the only team to offer Watts yesterday as the Blazers of UAB joined them. The offer from the Buckeyes is currently Watts biggest offer to date with Connecticut, Florida International, Indiana, Marshall and Temple being the only others to previously give Watts an offer.
I just received a Offer from Ohio State#TruelyBlessed#Go Buckeyes— Craig Watts (@DBNation_2016) May 14, 2014
Lastly, '16 WR Tavares Chase picked up his 15th offer on Wednesday from Ohio State. The four-star stud plays on both sides of the ball for Plant City High School. Chase is already highly-touted as he has picked up scholarship opportunities from Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and others. According to the 247Sports Composite scale, Chase is the 32nd best player in Florida and the 216th in the country.
While the Buckeyes were sending out numerous offers in Florida, they also stopped by St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale to check on '16 DE Nick Bosa. The Buckeyes are trying to remain in great position to land the younger brother of Joey Bosa. Also, OL coach Ed Warinner was out in New Jersey yesterday to visit '15 TE Jake Pickard. Ohio State is continuing the pursuit to find two TE's for this class and Pickard may be one to keep an eye on.
According to Greg Biggins of Scout.com, Ohio State will be in Southern California later today to visit '15 QB Sheriron Jones and '15 QB Travis Waller. Neither of these two quarterbacks currently hold an offer from the Buckeyes but that may change very quickly. We will keep you updated on the quarterback recruiting situation as it progresses.