It was yet another busy day in the world of Ohio State recruiting, as Monday provided two new offers from the coaching staff to recruits, while talking with even more. Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of news from Monday was that of '15 power forward Esa Ahmad, who will be visiting Columbus this week. Today, Ahmad will be hosting five in-home visits from Ohio State, West Virginia, Maryland, Oregon, and Wisconsin. The 6'7, 218-pound Ahmad will also take an official visit this Friday to see what the Buckeyes have to offer.
Ahmad also made official visits the past two weekends to West Virginia and Maryland, but no visits to Oregon and Wisconsin have been scheduled at this time. Bob Baptist of The Columbus Dispatch was able to hear word that there is, in fact, a possiblity that Ahmad could pull the trigger and commit to Ohio State this weekend. The four-star prospect is ranked as the ninth best power forward in the country and third best recruit at any position from the state of Ohio. Obviously a pickup of Ahmad would be huge for the Buckeyes, so we'll be sure to keep an eye on how his visit goes and beyond.
'15 JUCO offensive tackle Martinas Rankin received an offer from Ohio State on Monday afternoon and the Buckeyes aren't the first nor the last to offer the three-star prospect. The 6'5, 300-pound offensive tackle is ranked as the eighth best offensive tackle in the country, as well as the 17th best prospect overall from the state of Mississippi.
Rankin holds offers from Oklahoma, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss, to name some of the few schools he's favoring. So far, the Crystal Ball is in complete favor of the Rebels from Ole Miss with all three of the votes.
'16 wide receiver Hasise Dubois also received a scholarship offer from Ohio State on Monday, as the 6'2, 198-pound New Jersey-product tweeted out his excitement about receiving his fifth offer so far in his recruitment. The other four schools to offer Dubois include Boston College, Rutgers (the odds on favorite), Temple, and Wake Forest. Dubois is also in contact with Penn State, but has yet to receive an offer from the Nittany Lions.
Only two Crystal Ball predictions are in for Dubois, but regardless, both have selected Rutgers as the team to beat in this scenario.
'16 defensive end Rahshaun Smith told his followers via Twitter on Monday that the four-star had just gotten off the phone with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. The 6'3, 225-pound defensive end is ranked as the third best defensive end in the country, including being ranked as the second best prospect at any position from the state of Maryland.
Smith holds an impressive offer sheet, including Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, and Wisconsin, among others. The Crystal Ball is split 50-50 for Oklahoma and Florida State as the top contenders for Smith's services.