It was a relatively slow day in the Ohio State recruiting world, as the Buckeyes main focus was on the start of the 2015 fall camp. Ohio State players reported for camp on Sunday and started preparations for the season and the season opener against Virginia Tech. While we were breaking down what you can expect during fall camp for the Buckeyes this season, news also came out about Braxton Miller changing his number for his senior season as well. Nobody knows who will be starting at quarterback at the moment, and it's unlikely that anyone will know until they find out when either Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett step out onto the field as the starter.
As for recruiting, the Buckeyes continue to reap the benefits from another excellent Friday Night Lights camp back in late July. One of the top prospects that attended was '17 wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Johnson is the son of former NFL star receiver Keyshawn Johnson, and stands 6'1, 195-pounds. Johnson is rated as a four-star prospect and ranked 20th in the country as a wide receiver, including being ranked as the 16th best prospect at any position from the state of California. Despite holding offers from Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Texas, Florida State, Kansas State, and Miami, among others, Johnson appears to be favoring the USC Trojans (47 percent), followed closely by Ohio State (33 percent and Nebraska (20 percent) according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr wearing #OhioState #Buckeyes gloves at practice today @MarcGivlerBG pic.twitter.com/DwG0bel43P— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) August 11, 2015
Last season, Johnson hauled in 40 receptions for 604 yards and a jaw-dropping 40 touchdowns. His last visit was in July, staying three days out of the week, including at Friday Night Lights. After his time there, it seems that Columbus made quite an impression on the standout (check out the Ohio State gloves above), as Johnson later told the media that he would be making a visit back in the fall for the Michigan State game.
Now that '16 wide receiver Binjimen Victor has delayed his June commitment time frame and slowed down his recruiting, Ohio State is in a prime situation to try and make a move at landing Victor. The staff will have time, however, as Victor likely won't make a decision until January of 2016, at the Army All-American game. Victor checks in at 6'4, 170-pounds and has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.60. Victor is also rated as a four-star prospect and is ranked as the nation's ninth-best wide receiver and the 16th best prospect from Florida at any position. The Florida native didn't participate in Friday Night Lights this year, but did make the visit last year for the event, and came away impressed.
Since then, it's essentially been pegged as a two team race between Florida and Ohio State, with a little bit of leeway for the remaining teams. Victor holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, TCU, USC, and more. Still, the 247Sports Crystal Ball still favors the Gators to come away with an in-state recruit. But crazier things have happened, especially with Urban Meyer at the helm.