Despite both the football and basketball programs not being in season, recruiting never stops around Columbus, as Ohio State fans are well aware of. Coach Urban Meyer has kept the Buckeyes' coaching staff busy by hosting a bevy of recruits on the weekends and extending visits during the weekdays to show off what their program has to offer. After receiving a commit from running back Demario McCall, Ohio State looks to keep their momentum going in the class of 2016.
Buckeyes lead for King's commitment
One of those prospects to keep an eye on is '16 strong-side defensive end Josh King. King stands 6'6, weighs 250 pounds, and rates as a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. King is ranked as the 51st-best prospect in the class of 2016, in addition to being ranked as the fourth-best strong-side defensive end and number one talent at any position from the state of Illinois. King holds offers from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Wisconsin, and is receiving interest from Alabama.
Last season, King accounted for 70 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and five sacks for his high school, playing a key role on the defensive line. On Monday, King visited Ohio State with some of his fellow high school teammates, touring the stadium and locker room to see what college football with the Buckeyes was all about. The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently has Ohio State as the favorite to land King, with 57 percent of experts picking the Buckeyes over Notre Dame, Michigan, and Michigan State.
OSU to host Dioubate
'16 defensive tackle Karamo Dioubate is headed to his first visit with Ohio State on Wednesday, when he plans on taking in the campus along with an inside look at the football program. The 6'3, 279-pound Dioubate is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite rankings, and is ranked as the 19th-best defensive tackle in the country, in addition to being ranked as the fifth-best prospect from the state of Pennsylvania.
Dioubate holds offers from Boston College, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, and West Virginia, among others. With it being his first time in the Buckeye state, I would expect a warm welcome from the Ohio State coaching staff, and will be watching his recruitment closely for the next couple of weeks.
Myers, Gibbons, Hall coming to campus
An important aspect of keeping a top recruiting class together is to make sure the players you have committed to your team stay committed to your team. That's why it's always good to hear about commits taking visits to the schools they are already committed to -- In this case, '17 offensive tackle commit Josh Myers. Myers is visiting Ohio State on Tuesday with his father, and won't be the only recruit that makes the visit to campus. '17 offensive tackle Dillan Gibbons is taking the trip as well.
Gibbons checks in at 6'5 and 304 pounds, and holds offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, South Carolina, South Florida, and West Virginia. While still early in the recruiting process for Gibbons, the interest from schools is starting to heat up, and I wouldn't be surprised to see some pressure from Myers on Gibbons to help push him toward the Buckeyes.
'17 offensive tackle (there seems to be a common theme here, no?) JaRaymond Hall will be visiting Ohio State on Thursday, according to Steve Lorenz. Hall is a 6'5, 255-pound tackle that hails from Oak Park, Michigan. While he may not be a well-known commodity in the recruiting world just yet, he's a rising prospect that is sure to gain steam in the coming weeks and months of his recruitment. In addition to visiting the Buckeyes on Thursday, Hall is set to visit Michigan for their spring game, along with '16 defensive back Abdullaah Yaseen.