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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 9/5 - Tristen Wallace offered, Esa Ahmad to visit

Get caught up with the latest in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

Tristen Wallace
Tristen Wallace
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To kick start Thursday, the Buckeyes offered one of the top junior prospects in the country. Tristen Wallace, a four-star, dual-threat quarterback from DeSoto High in DeSoto, TX, received his chance to play for Ohio State.

Wallace, who stands 6'3 and 210 pounds, now holds offers from OSU, Nebraska, Indiana, and SMU. He might not have the longest offer list at the moment, but he's starting to catch the attention of many programs, including in-state Baylor and Texas.

If the DeSoto name sounds a little familiar, it should. It happens to be the same program that produced current OSU speedster Dontre Wilson.

Even though OSU currently holds verbal commitments from class of 2015 and 2017 signal callers Joe Burrow and Danny Clark, Urban Meyer and co. are still searching high and low for 2016 quarterback. Wallace joins Malik Henry, Jarrett Gurantano, Dwayne Haskins, and Jawon Pass as a few of the recruits the staff have set their eyes on to fill that spot.

Ahmad to visit Ohio State

Five-star Cleveland Vila Angela St. Joe's forward Carlton Bragg broke some of Buckeye fans' hearts recently when he left Ohio State out of his top five in favor of Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, and UCLA.

Those wounds are all but completely healed now, after it was announced that Shaker Heights senior Esa Ahmad will officially visit OSU next weekend.

After already visiting Maryland, the four-star prospect will check out West Virginia this weekend before he makes the trip down to Columbus. He is also considering Oregon and the Badgers of Wisconsin.

While many consider Bragg the top class of 2015 hooper in the state, the 6'7 and 220 pound Ahmad is definitely no slouch on the court.

Last season for Shaker Heights, Esa averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals a contest.

With the recent decommitment of Mickey Mitchell, who as it turns out will be in Columbus this weekend, Thad Matta, Jeff Boals, and the rest of the OSU coaching staff would welcome a player with Ahmad's skill set to the 2015 class with open arms.

Bucks gearing up for huge recruiting weekend

Esa Ahmad might be visiting next, but it's this weekend that takes the cake. Many of the nations top class of 2015, 2016, and 2017 prospects will be in town for the game between the Buckeyes and Virginia Tech.

The list is highlighted by the seniors: five-star defensive end Josh Sweat, the top overall prospect in the 2015 class according to the 247Sports Composite, running backs Damien Harris, Jacques Patrick, offensive lineman Matthew Burrell, defensive backs Jordan Whitehead, and Kevin Toliver II are just a few of the recruits who will be in Columbus tomorrow.

Another 2015 prospect who could join them is Jeffery Holland, a Trinity Christian Academy teammate of Kevin Toliver. Last night, the four-star Florida native tweeted that there is a chance that he could also visit OSU over the weekend:

Keep on the lookout as Land-Grant Holy Land will have much more on the long list of visitors scheduled to be on hand tomorrow.

Quick hits:

  • Yesterday, 2015 linebacker and OSU commit Nick Conner of Dublin Scioto was invited to play in January's Semper Fi All-American game in California.
  • Ohio State 2017 commit Danny Clark and Massillon Washington beat Canton Glen Oak, 17-14, mostly due to the legs of 2015 prospect JD Crabtree, who will find out later today if he is able to visit OSU this weekend from Mark Pantoni. Crabtree continued his hot start to the young season by rushing for 174 yards in the win.
  • 2016 OSU target Ethan Tucky played one heck of a game, but it wasn't enough for Delaware Hayes to walk away victorious as they fell to Marysville, 20-13. On offense, Tucky finished with 53 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, and scored two touchdowns. From his defensive end position he snatched up four tackles, and a sack for the Pacers, who are now 1-1 on the year.
  • It's open gym season in Columbus. Our Zach Fleer has been all over Central Ohio bringing you the latest on a number of different high school basketball programs. Later today, he will have the latest on Upper Arlington and their fabulous freshman shooting guard Dane Goodwin, who is already gaining early interest from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Dayton. Stay tuned.