With a weekend that saw countless recruiting updates and even a new 4-star linebacker commitment from Mt. Vernon, Ind. product, Pete Werner, the Ohio State staff managed to once again make the headlines Sunday night as they are heading in the right direction for what could be the best class Ohio State has ever signed on paper. Without any more delay, let’s jump right into a weekend that could be one to remember for the ages concerning the 2017 Ohio State recruiting class.
DPJ rumors beginning to swirl
Last night, landof10.com’s, Jeremy Birmingham wrote in his daily recruiting piece that a serious rumor surrounding the nation’s top receiver, Donovan Peoples-Jones of Detroit Cass Tech was linked to the Buckeyes. That rumor: Ohio State and Florida State had an inside track to fend off the favorite, the Michigan Wolverines, to be a serious threat for what could be the gem of the Wolverines’ class if he so chooses.
Beat the Clock Flag Planting! Just landed in a snow storm in Detroit! #nothingwewontdotosecurethebestandthebrightestfortheBuckeyes— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) December 12, 2016
Moments later, Ohio State’s cornerbacks coach, Kerry Coombs tweeted that he had safely managed to make it to Detroit despite the serious snow storm in effects. Also making the trip, Urban Meyer and receivers coach, Zach Smith were able to brave the elements and head north to see the five-star talent.
To update: Urban Meyer is on his way to see Peoples-Jones as well. That's Meyer, Coombs and Zach Smith.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) December 12, 2016
The key here, Ohio State was able to swoop in on Michigan and leave as the final in-home visitors to see DPJ as the recruiting dead period started last night at midnight. While many still believe that Michigan is still the favorite and the likely destination for DPJ, it’s important to note that Meyer and crew wouldn’t make a trip to Detroit in that weather if they didn’t believe they had a real shot. Time will tell, but certainly an interesting scenario nonetheless.
#Michigan thought they had the last face-to-face visit with Peoples-Jones all wrapped up. This OSU in-home at the buzzer is A-plus by OSU.— Brandon Justice (@LandOfJustice) December 12, 2016
Wade to OSU becoming officially official?
For what seems like forever now, Ohio State’s longtime defensive back commit, Shaun Wade of Jacksonville, Fla. may be nearing a final decision as soon as today. Rumored to be a “flip” candidate in Alabama’s favor, Ohio State may be getting the last laugh.
Over the weekend, Wade who played in and successfully added another state championship win to his resume was quoted after the game as saying “when I get up there, we’re winning a national championship.” Obvious positive signs for Ohio State, to keep with that trend, Kerry Coombs headed to Orlando, Fla. to hopefully seal the deal for the last time cementing Wade as a key component to the Ohio State 2017 recruiting class.
We will know as early as today, possibly, but Buckeye fans all over should feel relatively confident that Wade will make it “officially official” and stick with Ohio State as his final destination.
Coombs visiting Shaun Wade 5⭐️CB today. Wade is set to make his "final" decision as early as tomorrow. OSU is the Fav to retain commitment. pic.twitter.com/Lcev5vBHWi— Mr BuckNut (@BorN2BaBuck) December 11, 2016
More Holmes rumblings
Yesterday, two crystal ball predictions in favor of Ohio State were made in regards to Calabasas, Calif. five-star Darnay Holmes. The final two schools that are the likely players for Holmes are in-state UCLA and the Buckeyes, but rumors and reports are beginning to circulate that Holmes is strongly considering Ohio State.
If Ohio State is able to pull Holmes all the way from California, it would be a huge win for the Buckeyes, but even if Ohio State can’t land the five-star, the Buckeyes are still in great shape in their 2017 recruiting class defensive secondary. However, things are certainly trending upwards for Urban Meyer and staff and that’s leaving Buckeye recruiting followers excited to say the least.
Martell recruiter of the year?
The quarterback in Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, Bishop Gorman’s Tate Martell, is becoming quite the recruiter for the Buckeyes. Yesterday, Tate took to Twitter to give his personal feelings on how Ohio State will finish the 2017 class and his feelings certainly gave Buckeye fans something to be excited about. Those topics of excitement revolve around Ohio State being in serious contention for Jeffrey Okudah, Darnay Holmes, Donovan Peoples- Jones, Marvin Wilson, Cam Akers, and last but not least, his high school teammate, Bubba Bolden.
The incredible thing, Ohio State is in the final schools list for what seems to be every prospect named above. Tate sure seems to think so at least. Take a look below at Tate’s latest twitter work as he continues to be the class’s top recruiter.