Ohio State is on the road this weekend as they head to Madison, Wis. to take on the Badgers in another huge test for the young Buckeyes squad. While Ohio State isn't set to host any prospects this weekend due to being the "away" team, Urban Meyer and staff received some great news as they will play host to one of their remaining top targets in a couple weeks. But, with the good news, there was also some bad news.
Jones injured in Thursday night game
Class of 2018 quarterback Emory Jones (Franklin, GA / Heard County) suffered an injury during a Thursday night contest against Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway. While an AC joint (shoulder) separation appears bad, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts reported that Jones said he would be able to come back before the end of the season.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for the No. 1 dual QB of 2018.
Bolden sets OSU official visit
It seems every day that passes another connection is being made between Ohio State and the top high school program in the country, Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday, the connection was made again as Ohio State looks to try and pull another Gorman star to Columbus as a part of the 2017 recruiting class.
It was announced on Twitter that Bubba Bolden, a four-star safety, would be taking his first official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 5, when the Buckeyes host the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Bolden, offered recently by Ohio State on Sept. 6, has thought to be a Buckeye lock due to the relationship Ohio State is building with Gorman. With stars Tyjon Lindsey, Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett already committed to the Buckeyes 2017 class, Bubba Bolden might just be the fourth.
As things currently stand, the Buckeyes are the run away favorite to land Bolden according to the 247sports crystal ball predictions. The one time USC commit looks to be nearly an Ohio State lock, but a successful official visit on Nov. 5, could be the final string needing to be pulled to make it official. Time will tell, but it certainly looks good for Ohio State.
Okudah's latest rumblings
Keeping with the trend of the nation's top defensive back products in the 2017 class, Jeffrey Okudah might just be one of the best. Yesterday, Ohio State landed another infamous 247sports crystal ball prediction for Jeffrey Okudah from Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts. Thought to be a heavy Ohio State lean for sometime now, Okudah has been to Ohio State on more than one occasion, but the last time he saw Ohio State was at Oklahoma in the Buckeyes first road test of the season.
Okudah has done an excellent job at keeping his mouth quiet and not tipping his hat to where he will land, but Ohio State is once again at least at the top for another five-star prospect in the 2017 class. Okudah's recruitment could end tomorrow or very well play out towards national signing day, but Urban Meyer and his staff will certainly be near or at the top of it until the pen hits the paper.
Gill healing up just fine
The top athlete in Ohio for 2018 and the second best in the entire country is none other than Jaelen Gill. Gill, from Westerville South (OH), unfortunately had a season ending injury this fall that derailed what was sure to be another fantastic season for the Wildcats stud. While Jaelen has been recovering and thankfully recovering just fine, his visits are now the focal point of his season.
In an article with scout.com, Gill talks about his latest visits and his upcoming plans. Included in the article, Gill let the readers know that he was at an Ohio State practice just last week and plans to visit Ohio State for their games against not only Nebraska, but the season finale against Michigan.
The Buckeye State five-star currently has every 247sports crystal ball prediction in favor of the home-team Buckeyes – and that has to leave Ohio State recruiting followers excited. There's a long way to go in this recruitment, but things certainly are sitting well for Urban Meyer and his potential for keeping this athlete at home.