A relatively quiet Monday in the world of Ohio State recruiting still left the Buckeyes a little wary about some news that one of their recent commitments received. Just nine days after Ohio State received a commitment from '16 defensive tackle Malik Barrow, one of the latest additions to the recruiting class is already being pursued by another top college football program, despite his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes. Barrow received an offer on Monday from Nick Saban and Alabama, as the Crimson Tide look to try and shake up Barrow's recruitment.
Glad to announce I've been offered by the University of Alabama #RollTide— MALIK BARROW (@MalikB_54) April 27, 2015
The 6'3, 270-pound defensive tackle is rated as a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite, and is ranked as the nation's 26th best defensive tackle in addition to being the 42nd best prospect at any position from the state of Florida. Barrow's commitment finished off a tremendous recruiting weekend that saw the Buckeyes receive commitments from '16 linebacker Tuf Borland, '16 offensive guard Jack Wohlabaugh, '17 cornerback Marcus Williamson, and '17 running back Todd Sibley.
Ohio State coaching assistant Kerry Coombs was hitting the recruiting trail hard once again, as he made his way down to Nashville to see a pair of 2016 recruits that the Buckeyes have some significant interest in. '16 cornerback Joejuan Williams and '16 defensive tackle Jeremy Darvin are both solid prospects that Ohio State would certainly love to learn more about their talents and what they could bring to Columbus on the field.
Williams, a 6'2, 195-pound cornerback, is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is also ranked as the 16th best cornerback in the country, in addition to being ranked as the second-best prospect at any position from the state of Tennessee. Williams holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, among many others.
Darvin checks in at 6'2, 280-pounds, and although he plays defensive end on the high school level, expect him to slide over to the inside as a defensive tackle because of his size. If Mickey Marotti eventually gets his hands on him, there's no telling what he could do. A three-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite, Darvin is also ranked as the nation's 53rd best defensive tackle in the country and the 21st best prospect at any position from the state of Tennessee. As of now, it appears the 247Sports Crystal Ball has Darvin ending with the home-state Volunteers, while Williams is also favored to end up with Tennessee. Williams recruitment is a bit more uncertain, as evidenced by the number of teams the experts were voting for in the Crystal Ball: