While many Ohioans were likely dialed in to LeBron James and "The Decision 2.0", The Opening continued on Wednesday. We give latest on all Ohio State commits and targets out in Oregon who are participating in the event.
Ohio State currently has no 2015 commits at the defensive line position but the two newest Buckeye commits are doing their part in trying to change that. According to Allen Trieu of Scout.com, '15 DT Neville Gallimore is being recruited hard by recent pledges '15 LB Justin Hilliard and '15 DE Jashon Cornell. Trieu would also tweet out that Cornell feels good about Gallimore and Ohio State.
Gallimore is a four-star prospect from Canada. The 6'3, 300-pounder currently sits as the best player in Ontario, the 14th best defensive tackle in the country and the 11th overall player in the 2015 recruiting class. Gallimore holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and more. The Buckeyes currently have two predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball to land the St. Catharines native.
Gallimore isn't the only target for Just Hilliard though. '15 DE Josh Sweat and '15 RB Damien Harris are also targets according to Allen Trieu. Sweat is a consensus five-star prospect who visited Columbus back on the 25th of June. Sweat is the second best player in the country and as you would expect, the best player at his position and in the state of Virginia. Sweat's interest in the Buckeyes is nothing to overlook seeing that he visited the campus on his own dime. Next up for Ohio State is to try and get an official visit out of the Oscar Smith (VA) pass rusher and Hilliard is doing all he can to make that happen.
As for Harris, the Buckeyes are seemingly in the drivers seat to land the Madison Southern (KY) standout. The likely competition comes from the in-state Wildcats. I definitely think the Buckeyes win this battle and I think it will come sooner rather than later.
'15 QB/ATH Torrance Gibson, whom was once a huge Ohio State target, moved to wide receiver yesterday at The Opening. While it seems as though whatever the deal was with Gibson and Ohio State has been repaired, the Buckeyes will have to battle out Auburn and Tennessee to land him. Gibson has publicly said that he wants to play QB at the collegiate level but many recruiting analysts around the country seem to think that he would be better off at wideout.
'17 OT Emani Mason of East English Village Prep (MI) named his top three per Bill Kurelic of 247Sports. The 6'4, 268-pounder listed Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in his group of three. Mason currently holds no offers but is indeed receiving interest from Alabama, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.