When Tate Martell (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman) committed to Ohio State this past summer, the Buckeyes didn’t just add the country’s No. 2 dual-threat QB to their top-rated recruiting class, the team also added an elite recruiter.
Martell, a four-star QB in the class of 2017, has already been one of Ohio State’s most important recruiters, helping bring in two top-five wide receivers. Martell helped convince his current teammate, four-star WR Tyjon Lindsey, to join him in Columbus and he is also one of the key reasons the Buckeyes were able to add five-star WR Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) to the class, too.
The high school senior doesn’t seem to be finished. Somehow, Martell has been finding time between his last year of academics and football to reach out to his peers across the country. All of this in an effort to help make his freshman class one the best in Ohio State’s history.
Martell spoke with Rivals after his team’s impressive victory over Grimes and St. Thomas Aquinas Friday, and brought up multiple players he is determined on getting to join him in Columbus, including two more of his current teammates in 2017 four-star safety Bubba Bolden and 2018 four-star outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. Both are currently viewed as Ohio State leans.
Outside of Bishop Gorman, Martell wants to add 2017 five-star running back Cam Akers (Clinton, MS / Clinton) to his list of weapons at Ohio State. Akers has the Buckeyes listed as one of his top 10 schools and is the favorite to land him.
Elite Buckeye targets set to visit Michigan
Two elite Ohio State targets will be visiting the Buckeyes’ arch-rival Michigan this weekend as the Wolverines take on Illinois, including one of the Buckeyes biggest remaining recruits in the 2017 class, Jay Tufele (South Jordan, UT / Bingham).
Tufele has taken his time in his recruitment process, as this will be his first official visit. The four-star DT has the Buckeyes listed in his top seven schools, and the school will likely earn an official visit from the blue-chip prospect. Because he has been taking his time, it is tough to determine which direction Tufele is leaning and his visits will likely play a large role in his decision. Right now, though, the money is on either Ohio State or Oregon.
Along with Tufele will be 2018 tight end Jeremy Ruckert (Lindenhurst, NY / Lindenhurst). Ohio State will more than likely not add a TE to its 2017 class and because of this, has already shown plenty of interest in Ruckert.
The four-star TE attended the annual Friday Night Lights camp during the summer and is currently a heavy favorite for the Buckeyes. However, Ruckert still has two more years of high school remaining, and he already holds 25 offers from prestigious schools like Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA, LSU and Miami.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will have to continue to express interest in these two players, if not just to ensure them not playing at Michigan.