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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Jaylen Kelly-Powell high on Buckeyes, Kareem Walker to visit

Could the Buckeyes land another prospect from Cass Tech?

2017 DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell
2017 DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell
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A future Buckeye will reportedly invade Columbus this week. Announcing his plans on Twitter last Tuesday, class of 2016 Ohio State pledge Kareem Walker will make a trip to his soon-to-be stomping grounds.

After recently checking out what Arizona State had to offer, the top senior running back in the country will once again have the chance to mingle with Urban Meyer, Tony Alford, and the rest of the national champion coaching staff.

With some of Buckeye Nation on the edge of their seats worried about just how firm Walker's commitment to Ohio State is, this trip will give the New Jersey native the opportunity to get any questions he might have answered by the OSU coaching staff, and confirm that the 614 is exactly where he needs to be.

Last season as a junior, Walker rushed for over 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns for De Paul Catholic. A Buckeye pledge since January, Kareem chose Ohio State over scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, and Penn State.

2017 DB high on OSU after offer

The Buckeyes are building a pipeline into Michigan. Detroit is definitely one of the areas Ohio State wants to start making their presence known. After landing numerous prospects from Cass Tech over the last few years, the OSU coaching staff has turned their attention to a class of 2017 defensive back from the program.

Three-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell was offered just a few days after showcasing his skills at camp during Friday Night Lights.

"My head coach told me that they (OSU) talked to him and offered me. I called Coach (Kerry) Coombs and talked to him and Coach (Chris) Ash. It was a great talk. We discussed how they run the defense," the 6'0, 185-pound junior told Land-Grant Holy Land.

"Since I am able to play corner and safety is a plus since everyone has to be able to cover on the field," he added.

Kelly-Powell currently has offers from Duke, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Northwestern, and many other programs. Even though the Buckeye offer is new, Jaylen holds Ohio State in very high regards.

"I worked hard for that offer. They are way up there," he said.

2017 DE hopes to visit

After not being able to make it to the Ohio State Friday Night Lights camp in July due to a scrimmage, class of 2017 defensive end Johnathan Berghorst is hoping to make it to Columbus this upcoming football season.

"I am in touch with the defensive line coach the most. Coach (Larry) Johnson. I am working on planning to come to a game," the 6'3, 245-pound Zealand, Michigan native told Land-Grant Holy Land.

With offers from Illinois and Western Michigan currently on the table, and plenty of interest coming from Big Ten Conference programs such as Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Northwestern, Berghorst, a junior, would love to pick up a scholarship from the Buckeye coaching staff.

"That would be amazing being offered by the national champs," he said. "I would be very honored."

According to the team over at Rivals, Berghorst is currently considered a three-star prospect.