Since the first month of the year, '17 four-star athlete Bruce Judson has said he wants to play for Ohio State. He verbally committed to the Buckeyes on January 13 and has since visited the school multiple times, including the annual Friday Night Lights camp last month. However, this hasn't stopped him from visiting other schools.
In the last 30 days, Judson has visited and earned offers from top-tier programs across the nation, including a school close to home in Florida State. After his visit with the Seminoles on July 17, Judson told Bud Elliott of SBNation's Tomahawk Nation that Florida State "had his eye." This visit, and his visits to Auburn and Georgia, have made the media and Buckeye Nation wonder how solid he still is on his commitment to Ohio State.
Throughout this speculation, Judson has repeatedly stated that he is still sold on the Buckeyes, and things haven't changed. Thursday, Judson posted a picture on Twitter of a story on Bleacher Report questioning his word to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. It didn't appear he was a fan.
Judson is a vital member of Ohio State's 2017 top rated recruiting class, according to 247sports, and he has tried his best to let everyone know he still wants to play for OSU. While attending Friday Night Lights, Judson told Steve Helwagen of 247sports that Columbus felt like a home away from home.
"It’s not any different when I am at home in Florida. When I come up to Ohio, I feel the same atmosphere and my family isn’t even here."
So if Judson is certain he wants to play in The Shoe, why does he keep taking these visits to other schools? In his own words, he is enjoying the process.
"I enjoy my process, because you only get this one shot," Judson said to Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com. "I let it all flow out. I just enjoy it, take my official visits. Even though I say I'm 100 percent, you don't get this chance twice. I've got to take advantage of it and do it the right way and take all my visits and go to schools."
Judson seems to be treating his recruitment like he is an NBA free agent, and to an extent it is a similar process, but this doesn't mean that Buckeye fans should fear the 5'9, 186-pound athlete is wavering on his commitment. In fact, it should be the opposite. He has had plenty of chances to learn from elite level coaches from top-tier programs this summer, which should only help his play for the Buckeyes.
Tristen Wallace looking good in practice
Urban Meyer is quickly becoming the king of dual-threat QB's in college football. Currently, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are fighting for the top spot on the depth-chart, while former Big Ten OPOTY award-winner Braxton Miller is switching to receiver, after serving as the Buckeye's starting QB for three seasons.
Torrance Gibson, one of the most highly touted dual-threat QB's of the 2015 recruiting class, is now on the Buckeyes' active roster and it looks like Meyer may have another one in his back pocket.
The No. 3 ranked dual-threat QB of the 2016 recruiting class, Tristen Wallace, is apparently turning heads at practice. Wallace verbally committed to OSU back in April, and now that football season is starting, fans are getting more chances to watch him play - and he is impressing.
EJ Holland, a recruiting analyst from 247sports' Texas blog, Horns247, shared a Vine Thursday via Twitter of the DeSoto, Texas native making an impressive play.
Ohio State commit Tristen Wallace has been on point https://t.co/MZssrVA8z8— EJ Holland (@EJHolland247) August 13, 2015
If the 6'3, 228-pounder can keep it up, Meyer and the Buckeyes will have another multi-tooled competitor to play QB in The Shoe.