Over the weekend, the Buckeye coaches had their hands full between spring practice and hosting a large list of recruits on unofficial visits. While Camden, NJ natives Brad Hawkins and Ron Johnson didn't end up making it to Columbus, numerous other top rated prospects did.
Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff had class of 2016 defensive tackle Rashan Gary (Paramus,NJ/Paramus Catholic), wide out Ahmir Mitchell (Egg Harbor City/Cedar Creek), quarterback Tristen Wallace (DeSoto, TX/DeSoto), running back Demario McCall (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville), tight end Luke Farrell (Perry,OH/Perry), defensive back Nygel Edmonds (Chattanooga,TN/McCallie School), and many other highly sought after class of 2016 and 2017 recruits on the Ohio State campus at some point over the last few days.
The uncommitted prospects weren't the only ones to visit OSU, as did many future Buckeyes, including class of 2015 signees Justin Hillard (Cincinnati/St.Xavier), Alex Stump (Lakewood/St.Edward), long snapper Liam McCullough (Worthington/Kilbourne), and 2016 verbal commits Jake Hausmann (Cincinnati/Moeller), H-back Kierre Hawkins (Maple Heights/Maple Heights), defensive end Terrell Hall (Washington, DC/St. John's College), and linebacker Aaron Hansford (Washington, DC/St. John's College).
Usually when prospects visit Ohio State, breaking news happens. This weekend was no different.
Buckeyes offer Hansford
Ohio State already has one St. John's College standout verbally committed to the 2016 class, and could soon have another in the fold.
Making the trip from Washington, DC again with OSU pledge Terrell Hall, linebacker Aaron Hansford received a scholarship offer from the Buckeye coaching staff on Saturday.
A 6'2, 200-pound high school athlete who plays on both sides of the ball, Aaron is currently the 626th-overall prospect in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, and holds scholarship offers from programs such as Duke, Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin. With the offer from Ohio State now on the table, and a chance to continue playing with a good friend on the college level, the Buckeyes are currently looked as the team to beat for the three-star talent.
See what Hansford could add to the OSU roster with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl:
In case you missed it, class of 2016 four-star running back Demario McCall of North Ridgeville (OH) finally did what many have expected for months and verbally committed to the Buckeyes.
Committing on Saturday while on campus, the 5'11, 180-pound speedster is the third running back and eighth-overall prospect to give OSU a verbal pledge so far this cycle.
Even though he is a standout running back on the high school level, McCall will line up in the slot as a receiver, and in the backfield similar to how the Buckeyes have used Jalin Marshall.
Putting up Madden-like numbers, McCall rushed for over 2,300 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior last season for North Ridgeville.
- Ohio State will have four-star defensive end Josh King (Darien, IL/Hinsdale South) on campus for an unofficial visit today. The 6'6, 250-pound King holds scholarship offers from the likes of OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Iowa.
- The Buckeyes will get one last shot at class of 2016 quarterback Jarrett Guarantano before he ends the process. Guarantano, a New Jersey native, will make the trip down to Ohio State on April 7th, according to reports. The four-star prospect will announce his college commitment on April 15th between Ohio State, Tennessee, and Rutgers, where his father played in college.