Akers hoping to see OSU
As we all know, when it comes to Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, running back J.K. Dobbins (La Grange, TX / La Grange) is the lone piece in the backfield for the Buckeyes. However, there was a time not long ago when RB Cam Akers (Clinton, MS / Clinton) also looked to be trending to Columbus.
Make no mistake, things from both parties have seemingly calmed down and many pegged Akers to wind up in Tallahassee as a Florida State Seminole. With that being said, in an interview with 247Sports’ Barton Simmons, Akers did open up about Ohio State and where things stand with him and the Buckeyes.
“I’m definitely very interested in Ohio State,” Akers told Simmons. The 5-foot-11, 213-pounder added that he is trying to set up a visit to Columbus to check out the campus. “I’ve got a good relationship with Coach Meyer and Coach Alford,” Akers concluded.
Simmons did mention something interesting in the piece: Ohio State is still listed as the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite for the five-star prospect. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, three schools have all received predictions since Ohio State’s last and those three are FSU, LSU, and Ole Miss.
Obviously, the good news here is that Akers openly stated that he is still eyeing Ohio State and even hopes to visit soon. With that being said, it definitely seems like it will be an uphill battle for the Buckeyes if they hope to pair Akers with Dobbins in an effort to put together one of the more talented recruiting classes we have ever seen.
Jones receives rankings boost
On Wednesday, 247Sports.com revealed their midseason 2018 updated recruiting rankings and quarterback Emory Jones — a current Ohio State pledge — made a 22 spot jump from his previous ranking. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder from Heard County (GA) now sits as No. 21 in the class, the second highest graded dual-threat QB, and the fourth best prospect from the Peach State. Despite the big leap for Jones, he is still rated as a four-star prospect, which is something that could certainly motivate him throughout the remainder of his high school career.
The Buckeyes other pledge in the class comes from RB Brian Snead of Armwood (FL). The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder can be spotted No. 68 overall in the newly update rankings. Snead, also a four-star player, is also slotted as the fourth best running back in the class and the ninth highest ranked prospect from the uber-talented state of Florida.
As for the ones that Ohio State is hoping to reel in to join the two aforementioned prospects, here are some notables (with their overall ranking): DE Xavier Thomas (2), RB Zamir White (3), LB Palaie Gaoteote (5), CB Patrick Surtain Jr. (11), OT Jackson Carman (14), TE Zack Kuntz (17), DT Taron Vincent (19), RB Jaelen Gill (32), DT Matthew Jones (35), DT PJ Mustipher (36), TE Jeremy Ruckert (39), TE Leonard Taylor (46), Dallas Gant (58), ATH L’Christian Smith (152), OLB Christopher Oats (193), DT Aeneas Hawkins (223).