It was a relatively quiet Wednesday in the Ohio State recruiting world, but the Buckeyes did send out one new offer to a rising star. They also received some good news on a wide receiver target from the state of New Jersey in the 2016 cycle.
Kaindoh grabs OSU offer
It was Florida State who sent '17 DE Joshua Kaindoh his first offer two days ago. Yesterday, it was Ohio State who joined the picture by offering him a scholarship to play in Columbus. Another school that has taken notice of the Maryland prospect is the Crimson Tide.
Despite the fact that Kaindoh only holds offers from two programs, it's painfully obvious that his offer sheet will be loaded very soon. It was Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson who gave the 6'6, 220-pounder the news. Johnson specializes in recruiting the DMV area and found it important to get in on Kaindoh relatively early in his recruitment.
You can check out Kaindoh in action here.
Dubois names top 3
One of the 2016 targets at the receiver position comes in the form of Hasise Dubois. The 6'4, 200-pounder is a teammate of Ohio State commit Kareem Walker, the No. 1 running back in the country. Dubois is graded as a three-star prospect and the 11th-best player in the state of New Jersey.
Some teams that have already made a great impression on Dubois include Ohio State, Rutgers, and Virginia. According to Todderick Hunt of NJ.com, Dubois named those three programs at the top of his list. The Wayne (NJ) native cited the three as "good programs, they play freshmen and their academic programs are up to par."
Coaches listed as Top 25 recruiters
Rivals.com posted their list of Top 25 recruiters for the 2015 recruiting cycle. Three current Ohio State coaches did an impressive enough job to find themselves mentioned in the rankings.
It should come as no surprise that Kerry Coombs was listed in the group. The always enthusiastic and energetic coach was the point man for Joshua Alabi, Justin Hilliard, Joshua Norwood, and Mike Weber. Coombs also had a hand in bringing Damon Arnette, Jamel Dean, and Denzel Ward to Columbus.
Zach Smith, the wide receivers coach, was also included as a Top 25 recruiter. Smith was big reason that Ohio State was able to secure the commitment, and eventual signature, from four-star OT Matthew Burrell. He also helped lock up Torrance Gibson and soon-to-be Zone 6 members K.J. Hill and Alex Stump.
The last Buckeye coach that was honored would be new RB coach Tony Alford. The newly inked coach is one of the best recruiters in the country and the talent he helped bring to Notre Dame in the 2015 cycle backs that claim. Alford was the primary recruiter for Tevon Coney, Nicco Fertitta, and Dexter Williams. The Fighting Irish also landed Josh Adams and flipped Aliz'e Jones from UCLA partly because of Alford's efforts.
Three prospects take in hoops game
Last night, Ohio State took on Penn State in a hoops contest in Columbus. The Buckeyes came up victorious against The Nittany Lions by a final score of 75-55. In attendance for the game was '15 SF Khalil Iverson from Rutherford B. Hayes (OH). Despite not having an offer from the Scarlet and Gray at this time, the Buckeyes are clearly interested enough in the 6'5, 205-pounder to host him on a visit.
The big programs that have extended an offer to Iverson at this point are Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, who seems to be the leader at this point. In the rankings department, Iverson is listed as a three-star hooper and 11th-best player in the state of Ohio.
I had a chance to talk to Land Grant Holy Land's own Zach Fleer a few days ago, who spoke about Iverson's game. Fleer told me that Iverson is "Jae'Sean [Tate] 2.0 but more athletic and a much better passer." He also included that Iverson has the ability to play all five positions.
The two other prospects that were on campus for the game were '16 SF Seth Towns and '17 SF BJ Duling. The Buckeyes have already offered Towns, a 6'7, 200-pounder from Northland (OH), and are pegged by some (including myself) to land him. As for Duling, Kent State is the only listed offer for the New Albany (OH) player. We'll see if Duling ultimately grabs an offer from the Buckeyes down the stretch.