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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Coaches visit Rashan Gary, Bruce Judson hurts hamstring

Get caught up with the latest in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

2016 DT Rashan Gary
2016 DT Rashan Gary
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With spring ball now in the rear view mirror the Ohio State coaching staff finally got the chance to hit the recruiting trail on Thursday. With members of the Buckeye staff spread out across multiple states quite a few recruits received visits from Urban Meyer's crew.

Some of the prospects to have OSU stop by their school were New Jersey defensive tackle Rashan Gary and Michigan offensive linemen Thiyo Lukusa and Michael Jordan.

Gary, arguably the top overall recruit in the 2016 class, visited OSU recently, and has the Buckeyes in the mix for his verbal commitment. With a long list of scholarship offers under his belt, Rashan has fans from across the nation on the edge of their seats waiting for his college commitment.

Hoping to beat programs such as Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, and Penn State for Gary's services, defensive line coach Larry Johnson made sure stopping by Paramus Catholic for the 6'4, 290-pound standout was one of his first moves while out on the road.

With Johnson in New Jersey, Kerry Coombs and Ed Warinner planted flags up north in Michigan on Thursday. After striking out on Cleveland St. Ignatius offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg on Sunday to Notre Dame, the staff have shifted their main focus to other elite tackles.

Offensive coordinator and line coach Ed Warinner checked in on Thiyo Lukusa at Traverse City High School. Lukusa, a 6'5, 300-pound, three-star recruit with offers from the Buckeyes, Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska, Georgia, and many others, also had coaches from the Cornhuskers and Toledo stop by.

Warinner joined up with Coombs at Plymouth High School to visit with fellow tackle Michael Jordan. Like Lukusa, the 6'6, 285-pound Jordan holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and other top notch programs.

Currently pegged as a Michigan lean, Jordan, the 19th offensive tackle in the 2016 class (according to the 247Sports Composite) is fresh off visiting the Ohio State campus for the Buckeyes' spring game last weekend. Looking to bring in a couple linemen, the staff are hoping to keep him out of any colors but the Scarlet and Gray.

Judson hurts hamstring

After hurting his leg on Wednesday during a track meet, Ohio State class of 2017 verbal pledge Bruce Judson received some bad news on Thursday morning. Just days removed from making the trip up from Cocoa, Florida for the OSU spring game, the 5'9, 185-pound athlete was told he has torn his hamstring.

According to Marc Givler of Rivals, Judson will be on the shelf for seven weeks before going through rehab for the injury.

Land-Grant Holy Land wishes nothing but the best for Judson in his recovery.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State offered class of 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly late Wednesday evening. OSU is the 26th program to offer the 6'2, 215-pound, five-star prospect from Clovis West High School in California. Being the new kids on the block, the Buckeyes might be a little behind some schools, but Kelly tells our Austin Kemp "It's definitely a school I'll look at."
  • Camp season is right around the corner. On June 17th members of the Ohio State coaching staff will team up with the Florida Atlantic football program for a camp held on FAU's Boca Raton campus.