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Ohio State not in top defensive back’s top 5

Wade leaves Buckeyes off top 5; Thomas to visit for The Game.

Lamont Wade (Student Sports)

This weekend the Buckeyes will continue their quest for a Big Ten Championship birth on the road. They’ll need some help, but that’s another story. This weekend in East Lansing, Michigan, Ohio State will be hosts of the Spartans a week before their ultimate state of Michigan rivalry. The Buckeyes hope to go 2-0 in the state up north, but as Urban Meyer has preached in the last few weeks, it’s one game a time.

Wade moves on from OSU

Originally, Lamont Wade (Clairton, PA / Clairton) was thought to be a Buckeye lock when his recruitment was starting to take off. Since then, the two parties have drifted apart. To nobody’s fault, Ohio State is in the midst of a numbers crush with their 2017 class and Wade saw the load of talent being brought in by the Buckeyes. Especially at defensive back where Wade does his business.

Yesterday, the two parties drifted for what looks like the final time as Wade announced publicly, via his twitter account, his final five schools he is considering before making a final decision on where he will play his college football.

Making the cut, Wade listed West Virginia, Tennessee, Penn State, Pitt and UCLA. When Wade makes the final call on Dec. 17, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Penn State as the landing spot – but only time will tell. Wade is currently ranked the No. 5 cornerback in the country and the No. 2 best prospect overall in the state of Pennsylvania for the 2017 class.

Thomas heading back to Columbus

In just over a week, arguably the fiercest rivalry in college football will take place in its annual showdown. This time, Ohio State will be the host when the Wolverines come to town. With this game, the competition, tradition and visits are never in short supply.

One visitor who will make the trip is Jamir Thomas.

Returning to Columbus just weeks after his visit when Nebraska rolled in, Thomas has plans to see The Game and once again see what his in-state Buckeyes have to offer.

Thomas, projected to stay at inside linebacker at the next level is currently 6-foot, 212 pounds and is only a high school sophomore. While he does not have a current recruiting ranking yet, offers from schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, West Virginia and more prove that Thomas is certainly a prospect worth a high ranking when available.

There’s no secret that Urban Meyer and staff want to make an early effort in building a strong relationship with Thomas due to his talent and potential, but being an Ohio prospect, that relationship may be even more important as one goal for Meyer in recruiting is protecting the border around the state of Ohio.

Currently, all signs are pointing towards the Buckeyes as his leader and while an offer is not yet owned by Jamir, the two parties may change that in the near future. One thing’s for sure: Thomas certainly likes Ohio State and the Buckeyes certainly have a mutual interest.

Where to look on the offensive line

Last night, it what came as no surprise to Buckeye fans after the latest rumblings, Colorado native, Jake Moretti flipped his commitment from Ohio State to stay home and play his college football for Colorado. While unfortunate for Ohio State as Moretti was a great talent and kid, Ohio State will surely land another prospect at the position or at another position entirely.

One name to look at if Urban Meyer and staff do want to fill the offensive lineman whole may be just up the road in Massillon, Ohio. Insert the name Thayer Munford, and you may have the missing link.

Munford, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound tackle hails from the Ohio prep historical power Massillon Washington. Currently ranked as the 31st best offensive tackle in the country, Mumford is also a top 15 player in the entire state of Ohio for the 2017 class. The four-star does not currently own an Ohio State offer, but with Moretti now out of the picture, that leaves only Josh Myers as the lone offensive tackle commit.

If Ohio State looks to add one more to their offensive line, Munford would surely fill a need. If the two parties begin building a relationship, look for Thayer to become the most recent Ohio State scholarship offer.

As always, only time will tell how this plays out.