Bruce Judson thinking about staying in Florida?
Urban Meyer and the coaches of The Ohio State University football team have been having a terrific off-season this year, building elite recruiting classes for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Currently, the Buckeyes have the third best class of 2016 and own the rights to the top overall class of 2017, according to 247Sports.
One of the reasons the class of 2017 is so special right now is the verbal commit of four-star athlete Bruce Judson. A four-star athlete out of Cocoa, Florida, Judson committed to the Buckeyes on Jan. 13 of this year and there has never been a reason for Buckeye fans to think he would change his mind.
However, in the last month one thing has been made clear, Judson still loves the Sunshine State. Outside of Ohio State, the two schools most likely to land Judson are the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes, according to 247Sports., and he visited all three schools in June.
National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton of ESPN tweeted out a picture Thursday of Judson sporting the gloves of Florida State.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) July 16, 2015
It was reported that Judson was working out with the WR group while visiting the Seminoles, who were holding a camp consisting of a lot of their top targets. After his workouts with the team, he made it known over Twitter that he enjoyed his time there and learned plenty.
According to Bud Elliott of SBNation's Tomahawk Nation, Judson is still planning on being a Buckeye come 2017, but he is not giving up Florida State.
"I'm solid," Judson told Elliott, "But Florida State's got my eye a lot now."
Austin Mack has a good day
Recent Buckeye 2016 WR commit Austin Mack received plenty of recognition Thursday for the hard work he has been putting in this off-season. Mack, who committed to OSU on June 7, started the day by moving up into the top 100 players of the 2016 class, according to 247Sports rankings, and jumped into the top 10 WRs of the class.
Later in the day Mack tweeted out a picture, announcing his official invitation to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The game has been a huge platform for recruits since it began in 2000 and the Bowl's Twitter profile states that 299 Army Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted in the NFL.
But Mack's day wasn't done.
Just three hours prior to announcing his invitation to the Army Bowl, Mack tweeted out another picture. This time announcing his invitation to play in the 2016 Under Armour All-American game.
I'm honored to be invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio pic.twitter.com/nNqLHIzBss— Austin Mack (@Austin_Mack10) July 16, 2015
I'm honored to have the opportunity to play in the Under Armour All American game. pic.twitter.com/uRUKUuK7y3— Austin Mack (@Austin_Mack10) July 16, 2015
Buckeyes Offer Top PG of 2018
Thad Matta and the Ohio State Basketball team are working on getting a leg up on the rest of the college basketball world. Already securing a commit for the 2018 season in rising superstar Dane Goodwin, a guard out of Upper Arlington, the Buckeyes extended an offer to Javonte Smart.
Smart, a PG out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is currently seen as the top PG according to both ESPN and Fortune150. ESPN has Smart listed as the No. 6 best prospect overall of 2018 and Fortune150 has him listed at No. 5.
It is still way too early to tell where Smart will end up playing, Ohio State was just his fourth offer, but one has to think if a top program like Ohio State shows interest this early, their chances have to be good.