One of the biggest remaining targets for Ohio State amongst the defensive line is 2017 defensive tackle Jay Tufele from Bingham (UT).
On Wednesday, Tufele took to Twitter that he will be making an official visit to Ohio State when the Buckeyes square off against their arch rival Michigan Wolverines.
As of now, this will be Tufele's second official visit with the first being to Ann Arbor to check out the Michigan campus.
Tufele is currently graded out as a four-star prospect. The Utah standout is also graded out as the 58th overall player in the class, the third best defensive tackle, and the No. 1 player from his state. As things stand at this moment, Ohio State has 40 percent of the predictions for Tufele on the 247Sports Crystal Ball. The Ducks of Oregon also have tallied 40 percent while the Wolverines have made their way into the picture with 20 percent of the casts.
Beverly inks with Ohio State
Wednesday was National Signing Day for 2017 basketball prospects and Ohio State came into the day with two verbal commits in the class. For the Buckeyes, they were quickly on the receiving end of a signature and NLOI from their three-star PG Braxton Beverly from Hargrave Military Academy.
Beverly is a 5’11, 170 pounder who ultimately chose Ohio State over offers from Ball State, Belmont, Cleveland State, Lehigh, Miami (OH), Northern Kentucky, George Washington, Samford and Tennessee Tech. While that offer list may not be the most inspiring, Beverly was also being looked at by programs like Alabama, Butler, Dayton, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia, Wichita State and others.
As for the other Buckeye commit — '17 center Kaleb Wesson — Ohio State is expected to reel in his signed NLOI next week, according to Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch. Jardy tweeted that Wesson will sign next Wednesday and that the hold on the signing doesn’t mean the four-star Center from Westerville South (OH) is considering other schools.
Hines recaps OSU visit
Another big time target for Ohio State comes at the linebacker position. '17 linebacker Anthony Hines, arguably one of the more important targets, was in Columbus this past weekend to watch the Buckeyes dismantle the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.
Hines, the nation’s No. 2 ILB, sat down with Scout.com's Greg Powers to discuss his final official visit to the Ohio State campus. The four-star Texan LB seemed to be very impressed with the atmosphere that Buckeye Nation delivered.
Really the biggest selling point was that the gameday environment was unreal," Hines said. "Just being in that stadium -- I took a few videos and just looking back at those, I showed some of my classmates -- it is just an unreal scene. You would think it is a national holiday. There were so many people, and while the band it is playing it is just so loud in there."
Hines also relayed to Powers that he was able to spend plenty of time with '17 running back J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State commit), Raekwon McMillan, Head Coach Urban Meyer and Luke Fickell.
As for when the Buckeyes will know Hines' decision, the 6’2, 222 pounder told Powers that his selection could come on Nov. 29th or in early December. Hines concluded to Powers that "Right now, probably it is a deadlocked race" in his recruitment.