A lot like last year, the offensive line has been one of the main focal points for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff this recruiting cycle. OSU has already picked up commitments from 2015 linemen Grant Schmidt and Kevin Feder and is still in good shape with many targets on their big board, including Matthew Burrell, Drew Richmond, and Venzell Boulware.
Another class of 2015 offensive lineman high on the Buckeyes is Kieffer Longson, who named OSU in his top three on Friday evening.
Longson, a 6'7, 290 pound three-star tackle out of Doughery Valley High School in San Ramon, CA trimmed his list to the Buckeyes, BYU, and Utah.
When it comes to Ohio State, Kieffer shared the following with Land-Grant Holy Land on why they made the cut:
"I really like the coaches, and Ohio State puts the most linemen in the National Football League. I also really like the area."
A lot like with OSU, Longson feels very comfortable with BYU, and Utah.
"I like the culture at both schools as well as the coaches. I also have family in Utah."
Longson, who is looking for a school that can get him to NFL and a good education. He says he isn't in a rush to make a commitment, as he plans to take official visits to all three programs in the coming months before dishing out a pledge.
Get a taste of what Longson could add to the Buckeyes with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl:
Future Bucks, targets shine at Nike Global Challenge:
Numerous OSU targets were in Chicago for the Nike Global Challenge. The annual tournament puts the best basketball prospects in the United States against the best from quite a few different countries spread out across the world.
A.J. Harris, and Daniel Giddens jump started their playing days together for USA South. Helping lead their squad to a 2-2 overall record, Team South finished in fifth place, after beating Canada on Saturday by a final score of 102-96. The future Buckeyes both scored five points in the win.
Also leading their team to a 2-2 overall record was key Ohio State targets Esa Ahmad and Omari Spellman of USA Midwest. In the third place game, Ahmad, and Spellman showed why they're ranked among the best in their classes by going out and scoring 17 and 14 points respectively in a 119-106 loss to China.
Suiting up for the stacked USA West, Austin Grandstaff showed off his jump shot to help West finish with a perfect 4-0 record and a Nike Global Challenge Title.
In the 106-93 win over USA East, Grandstaff scored 18 points and grabbed down two rebounds.
King wins Gold:
The aforementioned hoopers weren't the only potential Buckeyes to standout on the court over the weekend. Playing for the USA under 17 in team Uruguay, former Akron St. Vincent St. Mary now Paul VI (VA) transfer VJ King won a gold medal.
King, the second best small forward in the class of 2016 according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, helped Team USA walked away with an undefeated 5-0 record. For the tournament he averaged eight points and five rebounds a contest.
- Ohio State offered class of 2016 tight end Cary Angeline on Sunday. The 6'7 225 pound Exton, a Pennsylvania native, adds the Buckeyes offer to a growing list that already consists of programs such as Boston College, Miami, Michigan State, Penn State, and Virginia.
- Not only does OSU play Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, but hoops commit A.J. Harris will take his official visit to Ohio State then.
- LGHL takes a look at some of the offensive prospects that could finish out the class of 2015.
- Ohio is loaded with talent in 2016. Check out some of the top recruits in the state.
- Find out which Ohio sharp shooters shined on the court at the recent 3rd Coast Hoops Exposure Showcase.