Ohio State basketball is looking to take care of business on the court against VCU later this week, but while the football team will be rooting their classmates on, the football coaching staff remains hard at work trying to recruit the next crop of prospects to visit and commit to the Buckeyes. Monday brought in some fairly good news on the recruiting front for Ohio State, starting with '16 offensive tackle Greg Little and his decision to continue taking official visits to other schools, despite being committed to Texas A&M since last June.
When SB Nation recruiting asked the 6'6, 305-pound tackle about the status of his commitment, the offensive lineman took the opportunity to rate the solidity of his pledge at 5 out of 10. If you're a Texas A&M fan, that has to have you at least slightly worried about Little's true intentions with his commitment to the Aggies.
Little is rated as a five-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the second-best player in the country at any position, including the best offensive tackle in the nation and the number one prospect from the state of Florida. Despite Ohio State only offering fairly recently, the Buckeyes find themselves among Alabama, Georgia, LSU, UCLA, and USC as teams that are still being considered by Little.
Mayden to decide this summer
Just two days after receiving an invite to Nike's 'The Opening,' '16 cornerback Jared Mayden has already set his official decision date for The Opening later this summer. The 6'0, 190-pound Mayden is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the 13th-best cornerback in the country, in addition to being ranked the 19th-best player from the state of Texas.
Mayden's Crystal Ball is something of note as well, considering the prospect is still considering several schools including Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, Michigan, Alabama and Texas Tech. While the Buckeyes have made an impact on Mayden, I think it will be tough for them to pull him away from the other schools, including the teams in his home state, though Mayden says it's not impossible that he will go out of state to play his college ball.
LB Robinson staying in-state?
California high school linebacker Curtis Robinson is an interesting recruit to keep an eye on, as the '16 four-star is ranked as the 10th-best outside linebacker in the country in addition to being ranked the 18th best recruit from the state of California, according to the 247Sports Composite. Despite being no doubt interested in the Buckeyes, I'd be slightly surprised if Ohio State were able to get Robinson out of California and stop USC from landing the prospect (USC being one of the favorites to land Robinson).
Robinson is still considering other schools as well, including Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Washington, to name a few. During his junior year of high school, Robinson racked up 62 tackles and five sacks for his team, helping lead the defensive side of the ball.