Ohio State returns home this weekend as they look to get back on track and back to their winning ways when Northwestern heads to town. While last week was certainly tough and a major bump in the road, the positives to note are that the Buckeyes truly do still control their own destiny and this weekend’s contest versus the Wildcats is a step back on the path to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship.
Garrett makes his way home
Of the three current commitments from Las Vegas high school Bishop Gorman, the first of the trio to give his pledge to the Buckeyes was none other than Haskell Garrett. Committing to Urban Meyer and Ohio State back in February, the Buckeyes knew exactly what their 2017 class was getting in Garrett. The nation’s fourth best defensive tackle and Nevada’s third best prospect at any position in the 2017 class, Garrett is clearly deserving of his four-star composite ranking.
Yesterday, Garrett took to Twitter to let Buckeye Nation know that he was heading to his future home for this weekend’s game in The Shoe. Accompanying Garrett on the trip to Ohio State is not just any visitor, but a huge 2018 target for the Bucks.
Teammate and cousin to Haskell Garrett, Palaie Gaoteote will be visiting the Buckeyes and checking out game day in Columbus this weekend. A major 2018 prospect, Palaie is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker and prospect at any position in the state of Nevada for his class. The Buckeyes certainly are off to a great start in this relationship as they own every early 247sports crystal ball prediction and are thought to be the clear-cut leaders in this recruitment.
There’s more than enough time to tell where Palaie will end up playing his college football, but Urban Meyer and his staff have made their presence clear in Nevada’s top prep program and it looks to continue well beyond just the 2017 class.
Me and Ie fly out to ️HI⭕️tomorrow can't wait #BeatNorthWestern— Haskell Garrett (@HaskellGarrett) October 27, 2016
Diving into Carman’s recruitment
A hot topic as of late, Jackson Carman certainly isn’t a new name to Ohio State recruiting followers. The state’s top prospect in the 2018 class and the third best offensive tackle in the country is coveted by basically every college program in the country, but Meyer seems to be handling this recruitment personally.
In an interview article with Cleveland.com, Carman’s high school coach at Fairfield helps shed light on his star’s recruitment and just who may have the lead and inside track to landing the five-star. The good news, fortunately for Ohio State, Carman’s head coach made it clear in the article that the Buckeyes are No. 1 on the list.
In the Carman sweepstakes, it seems that it is as important as ever to solidify the border around Ohio and keep the best talent at home and in Columbus suiting up in the Scarlet and Gray. When it comes to recruiting, you’d be wise not to bet against Urban Meyer. In terms of the Carman recruitment, I’d put my trust once again in the “closer”.
OSU graphics team strikes again
If it isn’t said enough, let us say it again: Ohio State has hands down the best graphic design team in college football. The effort, design, and technology the team puts together is second to none and they’re back at again with the latest fire tweets.
Make no mistake about it, Ohio State and Urban Meyer love using their relationship with LeBron James as a recruiting selling point and to their advantage. Yesterday, Lebron and the Buckeyes were connected again as several commits and recruit targets showed off the latest graphic design love between the Buckeyes, LeBron and the recruit himself.
Making the list, current OSU 2017 commit Brendon White. The Olentangy Liberty ATH checks in as the third best prospect at the “athlete” position in the class.
Next, Al Blades Jr., a 2018 defensive back from the Buckeye pipeline, St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Blades Jr. is currently ranked No.6 as the best cornerback in the class and a top 10 product at any position in the state of Florida.
Lastly, the top ATH in the country for 2018, Ohio’s own L’Christian “Blue” Smith from Dayton, Ohio’s Huber Heights Wayne. Blue is easily one of the top prospects Ohio State is after in 2018 and will be in it until the end. As things stand now, Ohio State is in great position for the two-sport phenom.