It's been a busy week so far for the Ohio State recruiting class as frequent calls and contact are at their high point as recruiting season has really kicked off. Monday marked the beginning of the time period where coaches could contact recruits from the class of 2016. Plenty of high school recruits are being contacted through the mail, over the phone, and beyond as coaches do their best to impress some of the top talent in the country to come to their schools.
First off, some disappointing news from in-state. As we mentioned briefly on Monday, '15 power forward Carlton Bragg dropped his final top five schools that he will be selecting from, and Ohio State wasn't one of the schools that he listed. Instead, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Illinois, and UCLA made the cut. The Buckeyes were once thought of as the overall favorites for the 6'8, 205-pound athlete. A five-star recruit, Bragg is ranked in the top 15 basketball players in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Bragg is also ranked as the fifth-best power forward and the best overall player from the state of Ohio. Losing in-state kids, especially ones as good as Bragg, is always tough. Thad Matta has had some pretty special talent come through Ohio State while he's been head coach, but sadly, Bragg won't be one of those players.
I appreciate THE Ohio State University for offering me a scholarship today ! ✊
— Robbie Robinson (@RobinsonEra_2) September 1, 2014
Ohio State offered '16 ATH Robbie Robinson on Monday. The Buckeyes join Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin among many others that have offered the 5'10, 160-pound defensive back.
Robinson is four-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite. The Crystal Ball experts currently are in favor of Virginia (80 percent) over Duke (20 percent) but this should certainly give them something to think about.
#OhioState has offered Eden Prairie (Minn.) 2016 LB Carter Coughlin
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) September 2, 2014
'16 LB Carter Coughlin out of Ohio was offered by the Buckeyes on Monday as well as Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Ranked as a three-star, Coughlin stands at 6'3, 200-pounds and has been clocked at a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, which is incredible speed, especially for a linebacker. Expect more and more offers to start piling in once more schools start seeing him in person.
I was invited and officially going to Ohio States football game this Saturday at 6!! #GoBucks
— ✨Todd Sibley Jr.✨ (@ToddSib23) September 1, 2014
'17 running back Todd Sibley was invited by the coaching staff to use one of his official visits to head to the 'Shoe and watch the Buckeyes take on Virginia Tech at home. Sibley is a 5'10, 195-pound back, but the coaching staff has obviously been fairly impressed with the youngster, considering they offered him a spot to watch the game on an official visit.
While Sibley has no offers yet, it's extremely early in the process, but some predictions are already in for Sibley, and they all point to the scarlet and gray.
You'll have to bear with me through some of the following tweets. Much of the contact the coaching staff had yesterday was just talking with the recruits and getting familiar to help set the stage later on in the recruiting game. The list from top down includes '16 WR Ruben Flowers, '16 DE Jonathon Cooper, '16 WR Austin Mack, '16 OL Mike Menet, '16 DL Jake Saunders, and '16 DL Auston Robertson all heard from the Buckeyes staff on Monday, in addition to several other schools. To see which recruits were contacted by who, just check out the list of tweets we've put together below:
'16 WR Austin Mack (@Austin_Mack10) has heard from Ohio State, Arkansas, Purdue, UM, IU, VT, MSU, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Notre Dame so far
— LGHL Recruiting (@LGHLRecruiting) September 1, 2014
UVA, Ark, OSU, PSU, NW, Rutgers, Nebraska, WVU, MSU, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Tennessee all hit 4-star OL @Mike_Menet72 today.
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 1, 2014
'16 WR and current Auburn commit Nate Craig had some time to share with his followers the edit that Ohio State sent the 6'2, 205-pound receiver who is ranked seventh in the country overall, the number one receiver in the country, and the second-best prospect from the state of Florida. He committed to Auburn on July 21, but clearly likes all of the recruiting attention.
It should come as no surprise that just because Craig has committed to the Tigers already doesn't mean he's not free game for the rest of the competing programs in the country. Les Miles from LSU is well aware, considering he sent an offer to Craig just recently.
We will have to wait and see if anything else comes from Craig's feed about the Buckeyes and if there is any hope of Ohio State somehow flipping him from the Tigers to join the Buckeyes.