Ohio State's second big recruiting weekend of the season is here as the Buckeyes are set to square off against the Spartans of Michigan State. An impressive group of recruits will be making their way to Columbus. Here's who should be there:
Class of 2016
Ohio State is looking to add help along the defensive line in this years recruiting class, and they will have a chance to impress two of the best defensive tackles in the country tomorrow. Coming from Cedar Creek (GA) will be '16 DT Antwuan Jackson, a top Buckeye target, and this may be the single most important visit of the weekend as the 6'2, 285-pounder announced on Twitter that his decision would be coming soon with Auburn or Ohio State being the two most likely destinations. Also in attendance will be the No. 3 overall prospect in the class --'16 DT Dexter Lawrence. The five-star prospect will make his way up to check out the top ten showdown from Wake Forest (NC).
Just after making his official visit to Ohio State during the weekend of the Buckeyes 28-14 victory over Minnesota two weeks ago, '16 LB Daelin Hayes will be back on campus tomorrow for an unofficial visit. Hayes, a four-star linebacker who currently attends Skyline High School in Michigan, recently released his top three schools which included Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Despite the two others being firmly in the mix as well for the former Southern California commit, him making two visits to Columbus in just one month has to be a positive sign for the scarlet and gray.
The defensive backs from this class that'll be roaming the sidelines of The 'Shoe includes a host of talented prospects. Headlining the group is high four-star and '16 SAF Nigel Warrior, who actually received his first ever scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. Making the long journey all the way from Junipero Serra (CA) for his fourth official visit of the process will be '16 SAF Brandon Burton, a name that has not gotten much buzz in the Ohio State recruiting world. Also in attendance will be '16 CB Damar Hamlin, a name that is certainly a familiar one, who is also a player that has the Buckeyes in his group of top schools. Could we be on flip watch this weekend? We'll see, as '16 SAF and current Duke commit Dylan Singleton of Archer (GA) will be in the building as well. Singleton is a four-star prospect and does already hold an offer from Ohio State at this time.
'16 ATH Myles Dorn, who resides from North Carolina, will be another talented prospect to take in the action tomorrow. The 6'2, 195-pounder was recently the recipient of a Buckeye offer and a visit was quickly scheduled for the Charlotte native. Dorn, despite yet making his visit to Columbus, has already set a decision date. At this time, it's the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack, two in-state programs, in the best spot to land the three-star player.
As for the commits in the class that are expected to be present tomorrow making the short leap over to Ohio Stadium will be Drue Chrisman, Gavin Cupp, Luke Farrell, Kierre Hawkins, Demario McCall, and Jack Wohlabaugh. Coming from out-of-state will be Tuf Borland and Antonio Williams, the newest Ohio State commit.
Class of 2017
On the offensive side of the ball, '17 WR Jaylen Harris, '17 TE Matt Dotson, and '17 OT Matt Bockhorst are the three headlines of the group. The trio includes all in-state prospects and two of them --Harris and Dotson-- already received offers from the Buckeyes. With that being said, it would not be surprising if Bockhorst gets the offer this weekend or soon after.
Switching gears to the defensive side, where '17 DE Corey Malone-Hatcher, '17 LB Santino Marchiol, '17 LB Antjuan Simmons, '17 CB Lamont Wade, and '17 CB Jamyest Williams -- teammate of Isaiah Pryor, an Ohio State commit -- will be on hand.
Jerron Cage, Danny Clark, Blake Haubeil, Josh Myers, Isaiah Pryor, Todd Sibley, and Brendon White round out the 2017 Buckeye commits who will also be in hanging in The Horseshoe.
Class of 2018
During Ohio State's lone other big recruiting event of the year -- the night game vs Penn State with the black jersey's-- the Buckeyes played hosted to one of the state's best prospects in '18, RB Jaelen Gill and he will be back this weekend. Also joining him from the class will be '18 OG Blaine Scott of Sciotoville (OH) and '18 OT Jackson Carman from Fairfield (OH). While it may seem minuscule now, getting these three players who will undoubtedly be some of Ohio's best in 2018, is a huge plus for the Buckeyes.