Buckeyes go in-home with Browning
On Saturday, Ohio State hosted a bevy of highly touted prospects in hopes to positively impact their position within their recruitments. Of course, the way the Buckeyes were able to pull off the victory against the Wolverines, especially in that atmosphere, would definitely make one think they did as much as they could.
One of those prospects roaming the sideline of The Horseshoe during the Buckeyes 30-27 downing of Michigan was 2017 linebacker Baron Browning. The Kennedale (TX) defensive stud is a major target for the Scarlet and Gray and the official visit seemed to have paid off for Ohio State.
Browning was initially set to make his decision on Tuesday. However, after a "great time around great people" for his Buckeye visit, he is putting his decision on hold.
Fast forward to Wednesday afternoon, Ohio State put their foot on the gas as they hope to carry their current momentum for Browning all the way to the finish line. The Buckeyes sent "3-4 coaches including Urban Meyer" to his home, according to Jeremy Birmingham of Landof10.com.
For now, it’s widely expected that Browning's decision comes down to Alabama or Ohio State. As of Wednesday night, The Crimson Tide currently hold 42 percent of the predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for the five-star LB and No. 9 ranked prospect in the class. However, it is worth mentioning that the two most recent forecasts have gone in favor of Urban Meyer and the Bucks pulling this one out.
Florida staff sees Wade
One question that has been asked all around the recruiting world is where '17 cornerback Shaun Wade will end up. Wade committed to Ohio State just hours prior to the Buckeyes matchup against Oregon for the National Championship. The Trinity Christian Academy (FL) lockdown defensive back has remained committed for the entire time – but has visited elsewhere.
Nick Saban and Alabama have been heavily involved and even had the 6-foot-1, 177-pounder on campus for an official visit this past weekend. Another team in the mix is the in-state Florida Gators. Florida sent head coach Jim McElwain and three other Gator staffers to Wade's house on Wednesday.
It'll be interesting to see how this one finishes out. As of now, this one definitely seems to be up in the air.
Harris welcomes MSU coaches
Ohio State's recruiting class for this cycle currently features two pass catchers — '17 wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey. With that being said, a third is a possibility. If OSU did get another WR in ‘17, signs could point to Jaylen Harris from Cleveland Heights (OH).
Harris, like the aforementioned Browning, was in attendance this past weekend for the Buckeyes regular season finale. Following the visit, it was time for Harris to start conducting the in-home visits from coaches – and it began quickly.
Tennessee stopped in to see Harris on Monday. On Wednesday, it was Michigan State who had a crack at the 6-foot-5, 217-pounder. The Spartans sent WR coach Terrence Samuel and OL coach Jim Bollman to Harris' home. Harris tweeted that the MSU in-home was a "success."
Some late Wednesday news on Simmons
Even though the Buckeyes won against Michigan, they lost a commit that is, literally, in the Wolverines’ backyard. Linebacker Antjuan Simmons (Ann Arbor, MI / Pioneer) reopened his college search late Wednesday night.
A top 20 player at his position, the four-star ‘17 prospect is projected to go somewhere in the Midwest, with Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan leading the pack, according to the 247sports crystal ball predictions.
While he didn’t ended up suiting up for the Scarlet and Gray, we hope for all the best to Simmons in his future endeavours.