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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 1/21 - Alex Stump has surgery, Zach Smith visits KJ Hill

Get caught up with the latest Ohio State recruiting news.

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Starting things off today, commit Alex Stump had surgery yesterday and now is on a rehab plan as he gets closer and closer to officially becoming an Ohio State football player. In case it slipped your mind, Stump missed almost his entire senior year after tearing ligaments in his foot early in the season. Stump is one of the best prospects in the state of Ohio and should be a contributor down the road at wide receiver. He has excellent size, at 6'4, and very good speed. Though it's not certain when he'll be back to full strength, Stump is one of the most overlooked players in this class and is poised for a good career on the football field for the Buckeyes.

Coach Smith visits KJ Hill:

2015 wide receiver KJ Hill has been popping up in recruiting updates for some time, but his recent decommit from Arkansas has led many to believe that the Buckeyes have a real shot to land the four-star prospect. Hill has had moderate interest in the Buckeyes throughout his process and nearing signing day, it looks like Ohio State will make one last push. Coach Zach Smith reportedly was in Arkansas last night watching Hill in his basketball game, and no doubt visiting the number one-rated player in the state of Arkansas. Hill is expected to visit Ohio State this weekend.

Ash pitches to Bosa, others:

Defensive coordinator Chris Ash was in Florida yesterday visiting a handful of prospects. The most notable one was 2016 defensive end Nick Bosa. Yes, the brother of Joey. Nick Bosa is already rated as a five-star prospect and Ohio State is near the top of his list. Others that Ash visited include 2015 DE Damon Arnette and 2017 WR Trevon Grimes. Grimes has serious Buckeye interest and could be the best receiver in his class when his senior year rolls around.


  • Stan Drayton was in attendance at Rashod Berry's basketball game last night. Berry, at Lorain High School, has the ability to play tight end or defensive end in college. His talent on the basketball court shows that, pound for pound, he is one of the better all-around athletes in this class.
  • 2015 cornerback Kareem Orr is set to announce his top schools today and where he will be making his final visit. Ohio State is in the running and this one deserves monitoring. Orr is rated a 3-star and hails from Tennessee.