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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Buckeyes offer a pair of NFL legacies

Asante Samuel Jr. and Benjamin Sapp Jr. were both offered. Do the Buckeyes have a chance with either?

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Ohio State sent out two big-time offers on Tuesday to a pair of teammates: Benjamin Sapp Jr. and Asante Samuel Jr. from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. Both are defensive backs who are part of the class of 2018.

Sapp, a 5'10, 160-pound athlete with room to grow, currently holds 13 offers from some of the biggest programs in the country. In the month of May alone, Sapp has gained scholarship offers from Florida State, Alabama, Michigan, and of course the Buckeyes. Sapp is a lock down cornerback who can run with any receiver lined up against him. He has strong football roots as his dad, Benny Sapp, played in the NFL as a corner from 2004-2011. Sapp Jr. will without a doubt be one of the most sought-after players in the country over the next couple of years, especially when his senior season finally rolls around. Recruiting seems to start earlier and earlier every year, but it was wise for the Buckeyes to get in on Sapp early in the process. This one will be a tough pull out of the Sunshine State.

Moving along to his teammate, Asante Samuel Jr. holds 16 offers of his own, including the big-time programs that were mentioned above. Samuel checks in at about the same height and weight as Sapp, but being only a freshman, he will without a doubt continue to get bigger and add strength in the weight room. Samuel Jr. is also an NFL legacy as his dad, Asante Samuel Sr., played in the NFL from 2003-2013 and was a multi-year NFL Pro Bowl selection. To reiterate, there is plenty of time to land Sapp and Samuel, but it will be important to stay in constant contact with both. Both would bring an excellent skill set and football IQ to the Ohio State program. Look for both Sapp and Samuel to be rated among the top of their position groups when the 2018 rankings are released.

2017 safety offered

Members of the Ohio State coaching staff made the trip East on Tuesday to visit with 2017 safety Paris Ford out of Pennsylvania. Ford, the number nine rated safety in his class, holds 12 offers right now and is a 43% lock to land in Columbus. Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and projected the number two and three schools to land his services. At 6'2 and 180 pounds, Ford fits the bill of the current type of safeties this staff is looking for: long, athletic kids that can play in space. Luke Fickell has taken the lead in this one and has the Buckeyes in a good position. This is one to watch over summer and into next fall.

Robertson no longer in play?

Things have been trending away between Ohio State and 2016 TE/DE Auston Robertson the past couple months. It was confirmed that the Buckeyes are no longer a player here as he relseased his top three of Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. He, along with his friend Austin Mack, will be making their college announcements on June 7th. Though Robertson is not in play, there is sure to be good news with Mack.