It may have seemed to be a bit of a slow day for Ohio State yesterday as no new offers went out for the Buckeyes. However, that doesn't mean the Buckeye staff wasn't hard at work. As we have seen in recent years, recruiting never ends. The reigning national champions are constantly hard at work in efforts to build championship caliber teams for the future.
2016 WR puts Bucks in top 6
Yesterday, 2016 receiver prospect, Steven Smothers announced via his Twitter that OSU made the cut for his top schools. Smothers is from Reisterstown, Maryland and plays his ball at Franklin High School. Currently, the country's 176th-ranked prospect and 30th-ranked receiver holds a 4-star ranking according to 247sports.com.
It will be interesting to follow Steven's recruitment in the future because the Buckeyes seem to have prospects such as Donnie Corley, Binjimen Victor, and others at the receiver position ahead of Smothers on their board. As of right now, the 247sports Crystal Ball has a 93% prediction rate of Smothers ending up at West Virginia. With an impressive offer list with the likes of Alabama, Penn State, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee, and many more, the 5-foot-10, 155 pound prospect trimmed his list to six schools.
Rashon Gary visit update
As we said yesterday, the nation's top prospect according to both ESPN and 247sports, Rashan Gary was in town to visit Ohio State. This visit was a one day trip to Columbus where he was able to bring his mother along with him. Before the duo visits Ann Arbor, Thursday was Ohio State's chance to once again lay some groundwork on the nation's top product. In case you didn't know how important Gary is on Ohio State's board, yesterday was technically day one of a vacation period for OSU coaches. However, when the top defensive prospect makes a trip to Columbus, the opportunity to persuade Ohio State to Gary cannot be missed.
Fortunately, for Ohio State, Gary was able to visit with Ohio State's staff and spend most of his visit with defensive line coach, Larry Johnson Sr. before the staff heads out for the vacation period. As an obvious position of need for Ohio State, Gary's second to visit to Columbus is extremely important in continuing to build a relationship with him. With Urban Meyer at the helm, never count out the Buckeyes for securing his commitment, but this is one race that will need Ohio State's attention until the very end.
Nike's "The Opening", will take place on July 7-10, and one team features five Buckeye commits. If you didn't know already, Nike's premier camp features teams that compete against each other throughout the duration of the camp. One team that will take the field in Oregon in about two weeks is team "Lunar Beast". Buckeye fans will enjoy seeing this roster as it contains Kareem Walker, Demario McCall, Austin Mack, Jake Hausmann, and Jonathon Cooper. Not only will this team be able to compete together prior to getting on campus in 2016, but the opportunity to recruit other prospects and build relationships with each other is a great asset for the Bucks.