Alright, people. Yes, spring practice officially started a couple weeks ago, but the current Buckeyes are back to school, following spring break, and are lacing up the cleats in full gear which means it is now officially football season. With practices being a regular event over the next few weeks, many prospects are expected to be on campus to observe them. This time of year we see recruiting pick up quite a bit. Expect to hear new names pop up as Ohio State pushes forward for the national recruiting title in 2016.
Bucks' 2016 class taking shape
The 2016 class is already off to a hot start and that news can be confirmed by Scout.com, who yesterday published their first team rankings for 2016. Ohio State checked in at number five, but was rated number one in star average. Remember, in-state star George Hill was the first to jump on board and get this class rolling and Washington D.C.'s number one defensive end Terrell Hall was the latest to give his commitment earlier this month. Those two commitments sandwiched Kareem Walker, the unanimous number one rated running back in the country out of New Jersey. Click here to check out the entire list of commitments up to this point.
Scout's 2016 team rankings are live. Ohio State has the No. 5 overall class but is No. 1 in average star rank. Story: http://t.co/AoRQI8i1Uf— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) March 24, 2015
2016 offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh has made his intentions public as he expects to be in Columbus this weekend. Wohlabaugh, who attends Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio, is rated as a three-star prospect, but is slowly starting to see his recruitment take off. Though he doesn't hold one from the Buckeyes, Wohlabaugh holds offers from Michigan, Minnesota, Boston College, and Kentucky. If he doesn't walk away with an offer this weekend, the coaching staff may expect him to come earn one when the summer camp circuit starts. Wohlabaugh projects to play offensive guard or center at the next level.
Other 2016 prospects also in the mix
Also expected to make visits this weekend are Brad Hawkins, Ron Johnson, and Ahmire Mitchell. Hawkins and Mitchell both stand over 6'2 and are wide receivers, while Johnson is a defensive end. All are solid four-star prospects out of New Jersey. It's turning out to be quite the weekend in Columbus.
Huge #OhioState weekend keeps getting bigger. Brad Hawkins, Ron Johnson, Ahmire Mitchell from New Jersey will visit Ohio State this weekend.— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) March 25, 2015
It won't be this weekend, but highly touted defensive end Josh King will take a visit to Ohio State on March 30. King, one of the top ends in the country, has held the Buckeyes in high regard throughout this process and one could argue that Ohio State is sitting at the top of his list at this point in time. King visited last season for the Michigan game and it's safe to assume that the upcoming one will not be his last. It will be a battle between Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame to land the top prospect from the state of Illinois.