For the second week in a row, the nation's No. 2 ranked team, Ohio State, will stay at home as they play host to the Indiana Hoosiers. Of the many positives that home games bring, recruiting certainly takes a front seat as Ohio State will continue to host many of their top targets each week they are in Columbus. With their quest to say perfect on the season this coming Saturday, there will be another huge visitor in attendance to watch the Buckeyes.
DPJ headed to OSU for official visit
This coming Saturday was supposed to be dedicated to the University of Florida for Donovan Peoples-Jones. The nation's best receiver and top prospect in the state of Michigan for 2017 was supposed to be on his way to Gainesville, Fla. to check out the Gators for his second official visit, but with the tropical storm taking place in the area, that trip has been derailed.
Change of Plans for this weekend ! pic.twitter.com/b6nfhRhZ0t— Donovan P. Jones (@dpeoplesjones) October 6, 2016
Instead, the Detroit, Mich. native and Cass Tech star will make a shorter trip south and head to Ohio State for his second official visit. Coming as a surprise to Urban Meyer and staff, the Buckeyes will gladly host Peoples-Jones as he is easily one of the best players in the 2017 class at any position.
Urban Meyer already has star receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey committed in the 2017 class, but would without a doubt love to add Donovan. However, being a Detroit guy, the ties to Ann Arbor and Michigan cannot be denied. As it stands right now, the Wolverines are the clear favorite on the 247sports crystal ball predictions, but Ohio State has had great success in recent years at Cass Tech – so anything is possible.
Look for the red carpet to be rolled out this weekend for Peoples-Jones as the Buckeyes have yet another shot at impressing the 5-star talent.
Continued headlines for Harris
Even though his name was just mentioned, Jaylen Harris (Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, Ohio) continues to make the headlines. While it was noted that regardless of the receivers already committed in Ohio State's 2017 class, Harris would have a spot is he so chooses, the latest rumblings keep Jaylen connected to the Buckeyes.
Yesterday, another 247sports crystal ball prediction was in favor of the home-state Buckeyes for Jaylen. It remains unknown the final destination for Harris, but when things continue to trend towards Ohio State, Buckeye recruiting followers have to feel pretty good about their chances for keeping one of the state's best prospects home for another 4-5 years. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound deep threat is the nation's No. 27 best receiver and the No. 5. best prospect at any position in the state of Ohio for 2017.
Winton Woods duo heading to Columbus
Cincinnati has been good to the Buckeyes in recent years when it comes to recruiting. This year is no different. With Amir Riep and Jerron Cage already in the 2017 class for the Buckeyes, Cincinnati's top talent is staying in the state and heading north to Columbus.
This weekend, when the Indiana Hoosiers come to town, Cincinnati Winton Woods High School stars Jerron Cage and Christopher Oats will be in attendance on unofficial visits. Cage, already in the 2017 class, is the nation's No. 12 best defensive tackle and Ohio's eighth best prospect at any position for the 2017 class.
Oats on the other hand, a 2018 prospect, almost fits the mold perfectly for a Darron Lee type of linebacker. Standing at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Oats has the size, strength, and speed to do some serious damage at the next level. With nearly 10 scholarship offers already, the Buckeyes know just what kind of talent Oats is. With Christopher in attendance again this weekend, it's just another opportunity for Ohio State to extend their stretch as the early recruitment leaders for Oats. With every 247sports crystal ball prediction in favor of the Buckeyes, Ohio State has to like where things currently stand with the four-star linebacker.