This weekend, the undefeated Buckeyes head to Penn State for their second straight weekend of a primetime matchup in an opponent’s house. A battle-tested Ohio State team may have struggled early against Wisconsin, but finished strong and grew closer together as a unit. This weekend, the strength of the unit will play in front of two very key targets in the 2018 recruiting class. They may be on the Penn State sideline, but make no mistake about it, Ohio State will look to impress.
Smith and Ruckert headed to Happy Valley
When Ohio State shows up in Happy Valley, two of their top 2018 targets will be in attendance, but on the Penn State sideline. L’Christian “Blue” Smith (Dayton OH / Wayne) is just one of the two who will be making the trip. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound receiver is having an incredible season for the Warriors. Ranked as the No. 3 best athlete in the country and the No. 3 best prospect of any position in Ohio for 2018, Blue is a composite four-star and a top 100 prospect in all of the country. A heavy Ohio State target, living just over an hour away from Columbus, Meyer and staff have made it clear just how much they want Blue in the 2018 class.
#Buckeye targets @Jeremy_Ruckert1 and @bluesmith_ will be on hand to see #OhioState-Penn State game FREE https://t.co/jpWB3cJP3S— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) October 20, 2016
The second prospect who will be in attendance this weekend is Lindenhurst, N.Y. tight end Jeremy Ruckert. In attendance to check out Penn State, Ruckert is not only high on the Nittany Lions list, but Ohio State’s as well. Ranked as the third best tight end in the country and the second best prospect at any position in the Empire State for 2018, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound TE is the complete package.
The Nittany Lions may be the host, but the two prospects certainly have an idea of just how interested the Buckeyes are in both of them. OSU has played host to both already, but would love to get them back on campus in the near future.
Carman accepts All-American jersey
The top prospect in Ohio for 2018 is none other than Fairfield, Ohio’s Jackson Carman. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle is a clear five-star prospect and one that Meyer certainly wants to keep within the border lines.
This past Tuesday, Carman accepted an invitation to compete in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American game held in San Antonio, Texas every January. A true honor for Carman, the U.S. Army game is a big honor for numerous top prep prospects every year.
Extremely blessed and excited to say that I've committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2018 ! #ArmyStrong ⚔️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/xj2CPBVMzM— Jackson Carman (@Jackson_Carman) October 18, 2016
As things stand now, Ohio State has to feel good on where they stand on the Carman front. Already hosting him numerous times this year, Meyer and staff are doing a great job building the relationship with the top in-state player. Currently, every 247sports crystal ball prediction favors the Buckeyes for Carman’s final destination.
Scates interested in Ohio State
Another top receiver in Ohio for 2018’s class comes once again from Dayton, Ohio. This time, Dayton Dunbar receiver, Joseph Scates announced via his Twitter account earlier this week a list of schools that he is currently interested in.
Making the list, the Buckeyes made the top eight, as did Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, Indiana, USC, Notre Dame and Miami (FL). At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, Scates is a true deep threat and deserves his four-star status. With nine offers already, Joseph’s recruitment is really beginning to take off. While he does not currently own an Ohio State offer, if a relationship between the two parties grows, anything is possible.
8 schools that really got my attention ... pic.twitter.com/iOLmWwFTir— #️⃣6️⃣...... (@ScatesJoseph) October 17, 2016