News broke on Tuesday afternoon that 2017 linebacker Pete Werner decommitted from Notre Dame. Werner had been committed to the Fighting Irish since last March. This news is relevant to Ohio State because the Buckeyes are the team who are seemingly making a late surge for the four-star prospect. Werner, who already has an Ohio State offer, was in Columbus over the weekend.
Indianapolis Cathedral four-star LB Pete Werner decommits from #NotreDame: https://t.co/FvIceQQC8N— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) November 29, 2016
At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Werner is an athletic freak who has strength and running speed. He is an absolute take for Ohio State if he wants into the class. He’s a top 300 player and the No. 2 overall player in the state of Indiana, according to 247Sports. With the Buckeyes more than likely falling out of the Anthony Hines sweepstakes, it opens an extra spot that the staff was saving. Werner looks as if he’ll be the player that takes it. Kerry Coombs has led the charge in this recruitment and it could be over sooner rather than later.
OSU going the JUCO route?
There are reports floating around the members of the Ohio State coaching staff were in to see Blinn Junior College prospect Kendall Sheffield yesterday. Sheffield is a former five-star cornerback who played his freshman year at Alabama, before transferring to Blinn. Sheffield is an elite prospect who is highly regarded as the best junior college (JUCO) player in the United States.
Buckeyes in to see Kendall Sheffield today @ Blinn College. Sheffield was a prior 'Bama commit at DB, that left due to playing time.— Ben van Ooyen (@BuckeyeBVO) November 29, 2016
He holds offers from some big name programs in the country and has the talent to be a starter as soon as he arrives on whichever campus he picks. Sheffield recently visited Columbus so there is definitely mutual interest on both sides. All in all, Sheffield is definitely a player that falls into the “take” category. He will have sophomore eligibility wherever he plays next fall.
Onward to the Lone Star State
Also of note, Urban Meyer reportedly spent his Tuesday in the state of Texas and had an in-home visit with five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. Wilson had a great visit to Columbus for the Michigan game and Urban attempted to carry that momentum into the work week. As you know, Wilson has a strong relationship with newly appointed head coach Ed Orgeron at LSU, but Ohio State is in the thick of the race and definitely has a shot in this one. The Buckeyes will continue to work Wilson and ride this one all the way to the end. Wilson is the number three overall player in the class of 2017.
Urban checking in on Marvin Wilson today, supposedly. #SE17ECT— Mr. Buckeye™ (@Soggy_McMuffin) November 29, 2016
- While in Texas, Urban Meyer and Tony Alford checked in on running back commit JK Dobbins. Dobbins appears 100% solid to the Buckeyes.
I had a great time with my coaches today. Thanks for coming down! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/3r6CE4fWlo— Jk dobbins (@Jkdobbins22) November 30, 2016