As the reigning national champions, Ohio State is well respected in the college football landscape and it should come as no surprise that that respect extends into the recruiting process. The standard of success has been set by Urban Meyer and he's not shying away from it. Which is why the Buckeyes refuse to settle for anything other than excellence. And that is also true for their mindset when it comes to recruiting.
Ohio State has been pushing hard after as of late for '16 athlete/dual-threat quarterback Jordan Fuller. The 6'2, 190-pound Fuller is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the nation's ninth-best athlete, in addition to being ranked as the fifth-best player at any position from the state of New Jersey. Already holding an impressive offer sheet from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Virginia, among others.
Fuller was in Columbus on April 9, to visit the Buckeyes, and now the coaching staff has been making somewhat frequent visits to Fuller's high school to speak with him personally. The staff clearly sees something they like, putting so much time and effort into one kid. Fuller has mentioned that he does want to take all five of his official visits at some point, but would likely include Ohio State in that list of five. Word is that the Buckeyes have him pegged as a defensive back, were he to eventually commit with Ohio State.
Still open minded these are just the schools I feel are very high with me right now. Not excluding anyone pic.twitter.com/WAUeBtTu23— Mantis.tm1Ⓜ️ (@Mullen_1era) May 11, 2015
'16 cornerback Trayvon Mullen took to Twitter on Monday to release a list of 10 teams that he is now still considering in his recruitment. The list featured TCU, LSU, Florida State, Baylor, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Clemson in that order. The 6'2, 175-pound Mullen is a highly-rated talent as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and ranks out as the 38th best player in the country, the fifth-best cornerback, and eighth-best prospect at any position from the state of Florida.
Mullen holds offers from the teams listed above, but also schools such as Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and beyond. He's been clocked at running a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, which is tremendous quickness that Ohio State is always actively searching for when recruiting players of any position. As of today, the Buckeyes' chances seem quite slim, at least, when looking at the predictions from the 247Sports Crystal Ball experts:
You might remember last week when Ohio State offered class of '17 wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. It seems that offer had the lasting impact that the Buckeyes were searching for, as Jeudy talked about how he had been awaiting an offer from Ohio State for some time. The 6'1, 170-pound wideout rates as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite, and is ranked as the nation's 26th best wide receiver, in addition to being ranked as the 20th best prospect from the state of Florida at any position.
After his last visit went so well, and the Buckeyes sending him an offer while visiting him, I would imagine Ohio State fans can expect to see and hear more from the Pompano Beach native. Despite being fairly early in his recruitment, Juedy has offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and is receiving interest from Alabama. Jeudy also said that the way the offense is ran will be important to him, including the roster and how the depth chart look in reference to his own abilities.