As the Buckeyes head to Maryland this weekend to face the Terrapins, recruiting won’t be one of the focal points of this week’s game. Unlike last week, where Ohio State hosted a slew of their top targets, Maryland is the team that would be hosting potential targets. However, with the presence Urban Meyer and Ohio State currently have in Maryland and surrounding areas, any prospects visiting will surely have eyes on the Scarlet and Gray.
Akers receives prestigious honor
One of the top awards a high school football player can earn is being named “Mr. Football” for their respective home state. Almost like a state MVP, the Mr. Football award goes to the individual who is considered to be the “best” prep football player in the state.
Congratulations to the 2016 Mr. Football winners! pic.twitter.com/tZCBozStMn— MACoaches (@MACoaches) November 10, 2016
Yesterday, arguably the top remaining offensive target for Ohio State, Cam Akers of Clinton, Miss. was named the 6A Mr. Football recipient for 2016. Akers, a five-star running back is ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the state and the No. 2 best running back in the country for the 2017 class.
A name not new to Ohio State fans, Akers, a one-time Alabama commit, has since been hard to get a true read on where he will end up playing his college football. Currently, Ohio State leads the way in the 247sports crystal ball predictions, but the home-state Ole Miss Rebels aren’t far behind. It will be dogfight to try and land Akers in the 2017 class, but with his Ohio State official visit coming in the season finale against Michigan, Urban Meyer and staff may be able to help seal his recruitment up in favor of the Buckeyes.
Allen a fan of OSU
Last weekend’s game against Nebraska turned out to be easily the top recruiting weekend for Ohio State thus far this season. Of the many visitors, 2018 defensive back Derrik Allen (Marietta, GA /Lassiter) was one to come away very impressed with the Buckeyes and their program.
Since his unofficial visit, Allen has made it clear that Ohio State is one of the top schools he is considering in his recruitment. With the home-state Georgia Bulldogs the clear favorite right now on the 247sports crystal ball predictions, Ohio State is the one other school that is on the list.
At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Allen has the “bigger” size Ohio State loves its defensive backs to have. Playing both cornerback and safety, Allen has the skills to be a solid cover corner, but also come downhill and help with stopping the run game. Time will tell with Allen, but Urban Meyer has helped make Ohio State a legitimate contender for the five-star 2018 stud.
Gill makes a stop at OSU
Yesterday, the top ATH in Ohio for 2018, Jaelen Gill (Westerville, OH /Westerville South), made a stop by Ohio State’s Thursday practice, according to elevenwarriors.com. Gill, who unfortunately had a season-ending injury early in his prep season is easily one of the top prospects Urban Meyer wants to land for his 2018 recruiting class.
Jaelen is no stranger to campus; last Saturday he was on the sidelines once again at Ohio Stadium for another one of many unofficial visits. The advantage Ohio State has with Gill – besides being a top program in the country – is the convenience in distance which is being used very well in his recruitment.
The 6-foot-1 185-pound prospect checks in as a five-star for 2018 and the second best prospect in Ohio. All signs currently point to Jaelen staying home as the 247sports crystal ball has every single prediction in favor of the Buckeyes. The relationship is strong and with each visit, that relationship and familiarity may be getting deeper and deeper.