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Ohio State on top for five-star OT Jackson Carman?

Keeping the Ohio talent within the border would be huge for Meyer, Buckeyes in 2018.

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Bucks in front for Carman?

When it comes to next year’s recruiting cycle for Ohio State and Head Coach Urban Meyer, perhaps the biggest target overall comes in the form of 2018 offensive tackle Jackson Carman from Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ohio.

Carman is currently pegged as the 17th best prospect in the 2018 class. He also finds himself third at his position of offensive tackle. To no surprise, he's graded as the top player in the state of Ohio and the Buckeyes are fully aware of how special the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder is to the Buckeye State. Additionally, it appears that OSU’s pursuit has paid big dividends on where they stand with the five-star prospect.

In a piece profiling Carman, Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com describes Ohio State as "the program to beat" for the instate prospect. Carman went on to describe his relationship with some members of the OSU coaching staff, who have clearly done an outstanding job recruiting the standout offensive tackle:

My relationship with the coaches, Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Greg) Stud(rawa), it’s been great talking to them almost every day,” Carman said. “I’m really close with them and they feel like family. College football is a lot like a business and sometimes coaches act like business owners, and Ohio State coaches do not. They make me feel like family.”

Wiltfong did note that Carman has not indicated a time frame for his ultimate decision on where he will wind up, but Ohio State definitely has to feel good about where they stand. In the meantime, Carman will head to Tuscaloosa this weekend to visit Alabama.

Two OSU targets set B1G visits

Switching gears to the class Ohio State is currently focused on, 2017 wide receiver Jaylen Harris (Cleveland / Cleveland Heights) is a prospect that still has a chance to be in the class for the Buckeyes. That’s despite having commitments from both '17 WRs Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey. From the looks of it, Ohio State is considering taking a third pass-catcher in the class even with a lack of much more room. Harris might be a guy that ultimately ends up in Columbus, but we will see if space keeps him out. For now, Harris is rightfully keeping all stones unturned as he will head to Penn State this weekend for an official visit — his first.

Another big Ohio State target — '17 DT Jay Tufele from Bingham (UT) — will also be elsewhere this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 297-pounder will check out arch rival Michigan. We'll see if the trip to Ann Arbor makes any change in the recruitment of the high four-star talent. For now, Ohio State and Oregon are the lone programs to receive any predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.