The biggest news of yesterday happened when offensive line target Drew Richmond gave his commitment to Ole Miss:
Five-star OT Drew Richmond committed to Ole Miss moments ago— Miles Joseph (@Miles_BG) September 9, 2014
Though the Rebels made a huge push late in the process, Ohio State was his leader throughout the process, a statement that Richmond confirmed himself. Just months ago, many in recruiting circles had Richmond penciled into this year's Ohio State class and frankly, for now, this is a big miss.
But what does this commitment mean? Currently that Ole Miss is definitely in the race to sign him come signing day, but I don't think the action will slow down in this race. Richmond is still expected to take his official visits, and Ohio State is expected to get one in November.
If the Buckeyes truly were his leader for the last number of months, it would be no surprise to see Ohio State flip him after his trip to Columbus. Richmond plays a position of need for Ohio State at offensive linemen and checks in at 6'5, 320 pounds. The Buckeyes haven't historically had a lot of recruiting success in Memphis, but this battle can still be salvaged in the coming months. When Richmond takes an official visit to Ohio State, it'll be back to being game on.
Drew Richmond says "Ohio State was always number one," and yet they didn't get him. Incredible.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) September 9, 2014
Ohio State sent out an offer to 2017 running back Anthony McFarland Jr. McFarland, from Maryland, already holds offers from some of the biggest programs in the country including Florida State, Nebraska, Clemson, and now Ohio State.
It's hard to get too giddy about an offer when the kid won't be suiting up at the college level for about 4 years, but McFarland should be one of the top players at his position when his senior year comes around. Urban Meyer has made it a priority to own the east coast and McFarland looks to be his next get. Getting on him early can only help.
- Austin Andrews will visit Ohio State this Saturday. Check out what he told LGHL about his upcoming visit.
- Coach Thad Matta was at St. Edwards yesterday checking out Derek Funderbunk. Funderbunk already holds an offer from the Buckeyes.
- Esa Ahmad received a visit from the Buckeyes today. Ahmad, from Shaker Heights, ranks number three in the state of Ohio for the class of 2015. He holds a Buckeye offer and could have them as his leader at the moment. Ahmad goes 6'7 at the power forward spot.
- Meanwhile Jeff Boals was in to see 2016 guard Nick Ward. Ward, the 7th overall rated player in the state of Ohio, doesn't hold an offer from Ohio State as of now:
Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals in the house at Gahanna checking out '16 PF/C Nick Ward— Zach Fleer (@ZachFleerLGHL) September 9, 2014