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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 7/17 - Van Jefferson visits

Big-time target Van Jefferson was on campus Wednesday. Plus, we look at where Buckeye commits and targets stand in the new 247Sports rankings.

Van Jefferson
Van Jefferson

'15 WR Van Jefferson took an unofficial visit to Ohio State yesterday. The tall (6'2.5) receiver is a major want for the Buckeye staff, who have struggled with recruiting big wide receivers. The good news for Meyer is that his family joined him on the "great" trip, which will likely be his last visit to Ohio State before making a college decision, according to Bill Kurelic. The 19th-ranked wide receiver according to the 247 Composite is hoping to announce on July 26.

'15 OL/DL Joshua Alabi will be participating in Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp on the 25th per Bill Kurelic. Alabi is a three-star prospect from Cass Tech (MI), former teammate of '14 signee Damon Webb. The 6'5, 270-pounder has a top five of Miami (FL), Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Alabi is the 534th rated player in the class and the 8th best player in the state of Michigan.

247Sports released their updated rankings of the 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. For the Buckeyes, they found three commits in the top 100 of the list. The two most recent pledges for Ohio State were the two highest ranked. '15 LB Justin Hilliard of St. Xavier (OH) comes in as the 10th ranked player in the country, which is good for five-stars. Hilliard is also the best player in the state of Ohio and the 2nd best OLB in the class.

'15 DE Jashon Cornell, who committed to the Buckeyes minutes after Hilliard, landed at 67 on the list. The 4-star pass rusher from Cretin Derham Hall (MN) is also ranked as the 6th best player at the weak-side defensive end position and the best player in the state of Minnesota.

The final player the top 100 would be the Buckeyes first commit in the 2015 class. '15 ATH Eric Glover-Williams is the 94th overall player in the updated list. Despite Glover-Williams likely playing on offense in college, 247Sports list him as the 9th best cornerback in the country. Glover-Williams also finds himself as the 5th best player in Ohio.

Ohio State would have three more pledges to round out the full Top 247 list. '15 CB Jamel Dean of Cocoa (FL) at 221st, '15 DE Dre'mont Jones of St. Ignatius (OH) at 244th and '15 LB Nick Conner of Scioto (OH) sneaking in at 247th.

Ohio State targets in the Top 247: Josh Sweat (1), Malik Jefferson (9), Neville Gallimore (34), Jerome Baker (55), Damien Harris (59), Christian Kirk (66), Matthew Burrell (93), Isaiah Prince (102), Van Jefferson (104), Christian Wilkins (109), Drew Richmond (125) and Jordan Whitehead (242).

Lastly, '16 OT Tommy Kraemer of Elder (OH) announced that he will be playing in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American game. The big-time Ohio State target is a five-star prospect and the No. 2 overall player in Ohio behind '16 OT Liam Eichenberg, who is also a player the Buckeyes really want. Kraemer is also the 25th overall player in the class and the 5th best offensive tackle in the nation. The 6'5, 305-pounder named a top five of Boston College, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State back on June 18th.