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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Bucks in the mix for elite LB, DT

The Buckeyes' 2017 class could be one for the books.

Anthony Hines
Anthony Hines
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When you're an elite athlete and hold full ride scholarship offers from nearly every team in the country it's got to be tough trimming your list down to serious contenders for your commitment. But over the weekend, one of the top overall prospects in the 2017 class did just that.

Although things could change in the coming months, Anthony Hines, the number two ranked inside linebacker and 57th overall recruit in the 2017 class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, announced via his Twitter account that he is currently considering playing his college ball for 20 programs from across the country.

Baylor, Duke, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, SMU, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech find themselves among the schools still in the mix for the standout from Plano East High School in Plano, TX.

A former Mississippi State pledge, the 6'2, 218-pound Hines was offered by the Buckeye coaching staff last summer. Even though Ohio State made the cut, Anthony is pegged by many to stay closer to home:

Hansard high on OSU

Hines isn't the only junior standout to announce he's high on the national champion Buckeyes at the moment. Class of 2017 defensive tackle Fred Hansard also considers Ohio State as one of the top schools involved in his recruitment:

A four-star prospect from New Jersey, Hansard holds offers from the likes of the Buckeyes, Rutgers, Arizona State, Penn State, Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia Tech and Miami, where he headed for a visit over the weekend. Of all his offers, the 6'4, 310-pounder previously stated to Land-Grant Holy Land that the Silver Knights and Hurricanes coaching staffs were after him the hardest for a commitment.

Last season as a sophomore, Hansard finished the year off with 34 total tackles, and five sacks to help lead Princeton, NJ's The Hun School to an overall record of 7-1 and the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Title.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State class of 2016 pledge Tuf Borland signed his early financial aid agreement with OSU on Friday. The four-star linebacker from Illinois is the second future Buckeye to do so, adding his name alongside Gahanna Lincoln defensive end Jonathon Cooper, who signed his agreement on Tuesday.
  • Thad Matta and the Buckeyes basketball staff will soon host a 2018 prospect from Iowa, according to the team at Future150. After making a trip to Penn on August 20, Hunter Strait, a 6'0, 160-pound point guard, will see what Ohio State has to offer on the 25th. OSU has yet to offer Strait, who was named Honarable Mention All-Division as a freshman at Cedar Rapids Washington last season.