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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 1/28 - Patrick Bethel offered, EJ Price considering OSU

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Get caught up with the latest Ohio State recruiting news.

Prospect EJ Price
Prospect EJ Price

Ohio State has been on a roll recently on the recruiting trail, and Urban Meyer is striving yet again to pull in a top class for the Buckeyes. Though we are just a week away from National Signing Day, the main focus on Tuesday seemed to be getting a leg up on the class of 2016.

Four-star defensive end Patrick Bethel picked up an offer from Ohio State on Tuesday. Bethel is starting to pile up the offer list--he's also picked some up from Alabama, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, and Florida. Right now, he's still a relatively unknown commodity among recruiting sites, but that's sure to change in the coming months. The Florida native stands at 6'3 and weighs 243 pounds. He should develop into a monster when he gets into a college strength and conditioning program. Bethel is from Florida so it's no surprise that his offer list consists of tons of southern schools. When he starts to blow up more over summer and during his senior year, he'll be one of the most intriguing prospects around this time next year.

EJ Price high on OSU:

2016 offensive line prospect EJ Price released his top 10 in order yesterday and Ohio State came in at number three. Price, from Georgia, stands at 6'6 and 290 pounds, and projects as an offensive tackle at the next level. Being from the Peach State, the Georgia Bulldogs will be tough to beat out, but as you can see, the Buckeyes along with Michigan are making a push. Ohio State has a good offensive line haul coming in for 2015 so when dealing with next year's class, they can be a bit more selective and take the players they want most. Price seems to fit that bill and it will be a chase all the way to the end for the big man. Price is one of the best offensive line prospects in his graduating class.

Silverman to walk-on:

Philip Silverman is the latest player to pledge to Ohio State as he accepted a walk on spot on Tuesday afternoon. Silverman finished his senior season with 61 total tackles at the linebacker position. Silverman hails from Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, and it's always a good thing to see Ohio kids rewarded with an opportunity to play for the home-state team. Check out his senior film.

Matta visits Towns:

To the hardwood, Thad Matta checked in to see Columbus native Seth Towns yesterday. Towns is being recruited hardest by Ohio State, Michigan, and Iowa and also holds offers from all three. Towns, a small forward, is a 2016 prospect and stands at 6'7. Matta has his work cut out for him as it seems Michigan could be the favorite at this point. Still, there's time to keep the in-state talent at home.

QUICK HITS:

  • Coach Meyer spent Tuesday in Utah where he visited with current 2015 commit Branden Bowen. The sweatshirt Bowen is wearing doesn't look too shabby.
  • Ohio State was in to see 2016 wide receiver Kofi Boateng on Tuesday, who is from Texas. Boateng holds offers from Boston College, Minnesota, and Texas Tech at the moment.
  • Four-star shooting guard Jaquan Lyle appears to be headed to Columbus this morning. Lyle is the 8th-rated shooting guard for 2015 and if the Buckeyes have any chance, it's to "wow" him today. Ohio State is in the thick of this race and has as good as a shot as anyone at this point.