Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football program have established a solid recruiting relationship with one of the country’s most prestigious high-school football programs in Bishop Gorman. The Buckeyes have already earned three top-100 recruits from the program in four-star quarterback Tate Martell, four-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and four-star defensive tackle Haskell Garrett.
It may not end there as Gorman safety Bubba Bolden announced that he will be taking his first official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 5 when the Buckeyes take on No. 7 Nebraska. The game looks to provide an electric environment which should help Ohio State’s chances on landing the No. 77 best player in the 2017 recruiting class.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Bolden possesses the size to deliver big hits on opposing players and also has the athleticism to cover the entire field. He has shown the ability to find the ball in the air, allowing him to put himself into a position to make a play on it.
While there is no doubt Bolden has ties to the program, there is an issue with space at the position. The Buckeyes already hold a commitment at the position in this year’s class – four-star Isiah Pryor (Bradenton, FL / IMG Academy) – and is considered the favorite to land five-star Jeffrey Okudah (Grand Prairie, TX / South Grand Prairie.)
However, Bolden is the type of sure-fire talent that Urban Meyer would have to consider making room for. The four-star prospect currently holds offers from 22 programs, with Ohio State, Arizona State, USC, Colorado and Oregon being the favorites. Also, the U.S. Army All-American was recently offered a scholarship by the arch-rival Michigan.
Look for Ohio State to continue to go after Bolden if not for depth reasons alone.
️SU official set up for Nov. 5th!— BUBBA BOLDEN (@BubbBolden) October 24, 2016
Shaun Wade sets Alabama official visit date
Just days after stating he was 100 percent committed to Ohio State, five-star defensive back Shaun Wade (Jacksonville, FL / Trinity Christian Academy) reportedly scheduled an official visit to fellow recruiting juggernaut Alabama.
2017 5* CB and Ohio State commit Shaun Wade will be taking an official visit to #Alabama on November 26th for the Iron Bowl.— Bobby Kunz (@TDALMAGKunz) October 24, 2016
While he currently plays both WR and DB, Wade is seen as one of the best DB’s in the 2017 class and is the 21st overall player, according to 274Sports Composite Rankings. One of the first commitments in the star-studded 2017 top-rated recruiting class, he began receiving attention from standout colleges across the nation, early on in high school.
Despite committing to the Buckeyes immediately after their National Championship victory, Wade continued to hear from outside programs. While he has always ensured he wants to stick true to his word, the 6-foot-1, 177-pound DB continued to take multiple visits to other schools and heard their sales pitches. The official visit to Alabama will be his second – he reported visited the Crimson Tide earlier in October.
Wade is reportedly trying to make it to Columbus for the Buckeyes home game against Nebraska, giving the Buckeyes another chance to reaffirm the elite prospect’s decision. Like previously mentioned, the game looks to be a good one as the Cornhuskers have been having a great season.
Wade will reportedly take at least one more official visit to Virginia Tech and plans to have a decision by the end of November to enroll early. Make sure to follow Land-Grant Holy Land as we follow his recruitment.