While the Ohio State recruiting staff figures out which staff members begin covering each area across the country, the Buckeyes are still able to attract attention from some of the nation's brightest young talent. Two new offers went out on Monday, going to two rising prospects in the class of 2016.
'16 safety Marlon Character received an offer on Monday to add to his already impressive list. Character holds offers from top programs like Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and is receiving interest from Virginia Tech. The 6'0, 170-pound Character is rated as a four-star according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and is ranked as the 10th best safety in the nation in addition to being ranked the 20th best prospect at any position from the state of Georgia.
As you can see, Character's Crystal Ball predictions have him pegged as ending up with the Bulldogs over South Carolina, but the most recent picks have been in favor of the Gamecocks. It's still very early in the recruiting process, but with this latest offer, the Buckeyes might give Character another team to seriously consider.
The second offer sent out on Monday went to '16 cornerback Nygel Edmonds. Edmonds hails from Tennessee, and checks in at 5'11, 181-pounds. The cornerback is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite rankings, including being ranked as the 26th best corner in the country and seventh-best prospect at any position from the state of Tennessee.
Edmonds already holds offers from Arizona State, Boston College, California, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and is receiving interest from Florida State, Georgia, and North Carolina. Edmonds doesn't have any predictions listed in the 247Sports Crystal Ball just yet, but it shouldn't be too long before experts start weighing in on the talented recruit.
Though the Buckeyes were handing out offers on Monday, the coaching staff also faced a different challenge that they seemed well prepared for. As you read yesterday, Ohio Stated hosted '17 wide receiver Jonathan Sutherland, '16 cornerback Patrice Rene, and '17 defensive end Luiji Vilain on Monday and it appeared to have turned out pretty well for Ohio State. All three players are originally from Canada but are preparing themselves to play football at the next level in the United States.
Sutherland is just starting to receive offers as his recruitment is just getting underway. The 5'10, 175-pound receiver is still relatively unknown in recruiting circles, but it won't be long until his name gains some traction and his recruitment takes off. As for Rene, he's already got some big-time offers from bigger programs (including Ohio State) such as Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and is receiving interest from Maryland, Michigan, and Michigan State.
Vilain holds offers from Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, and Syracuse - while also receiving interest from Michigan State and Ohio State. In a similar fashion to Sutherland, Vilain still has a long way to go until his recruitment ends, so he's got plenty of time to gain a following and show his talents off in front of different college coaches or scouts. With plenty of camps littered throughout the year, it shouldn't be too difficult to get his name out there.