Jay Tufele (South Jordan, UT / Bingham) is one of the best defensive prospects in the 2017 class. To this point he has made it clear that he wants to explore all of his options before committing to a school and because of this, there is no one school leading the way in his recruitment.
Tufele has managed to narrow down his list of suitors to Michigan, USC, Utah, Washington and Ohio State. There is no notable leader in this group, so we will need to wait until the four-star DE has taken his official visits before his list can be narrowed down any further.
The 6-foot-3, 297-pound defensive lineman will be kicking off his official visits this week when he travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to visit the Buckeyes arch-rival Michigan. However, Buckeye Nation need not fret as Tufele announced his official visit date for Ohio State – and it’s a big one.
Tufele confirmed with 247Sports Monday afternoon that he plans to visit the Ohio State campus on Nov. 26, when the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines in The ‘Shoe. Tufele will likely be looking forward to watching the Buckeyes play in person as he mentioned in the article that he “loves” the Buckeyes and that Ohio State reminds him of his current team.
It can be assumed that we will learn a lot more about Tufele’s thought process after this visit as both teams are highly involved in recruiting him and the game takes place late in the season.
Make sure to stick with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest on his recruitment and more.
Army All American Bowl adds more Buckeye connections
Two more prospects in the 2017 class with Ohio State ties officially became members of the U.S. Army All American Bowl game Monday afternoon. The aforementioned Buckeye target Jay Tufele received his jersey today and will officially be on the West team.
Proud to welcome this Mighty Miner, 4⭐️ DL Jay Tufele, to the West Team! #Savage17 #ArmyBowl pic.twitter.com/FgqpgGde2m— #ArmyBowl (@ArmyAllAmerican) October 17, 2016
Tufele wasn’t the only Buckeye to officially commit to the game today as five-star DE commit Chase Young (Hyattsville, MD / DeMatha Catholic) also received the prestigious honor Monday.
Young committed to the Buckeyes this past summer and is one of the best defensive line prospects in his entire class and is currently listed as the No. 2 weak-side DE in the 247Sports composite rankings. While Young and Tufele will be on opposing teams in this all-star game, the two could eventually become the only two DE commits in Ohio State’s No. 1 rated 2017 recruiting class.
Congrats to @youngchase907 on his official selection to the #Armybowl class of 17! #savage17 #Americasteam pic.twitter.com/nYTAyeJ1PW— #ArmyBowl (@ArmyAllAmerican) October 17, 2016
- 3-star ATH Alex Reigelsperger (Dayton, OH / Wayne) will be in attendance for the Ohio State vs Penn State game this weekend. Both programs have offered the Ohio native and this outcome of the game will likely effect both of these schools chances in landing the impressive athlete, whether good or bad.