Ohio State in just over two weeks away from arguably their biggest game of the season when they take on the Clemson Tigers in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve. With the entire program preparing for Clemson, the staff has had ample time for recruiting, but with the dead period nearing a week underway, Ohio State knows they’re controlling their own destiny for not only a national championship, but a recruiting national championship as well.
OSU commits receive US Army All-American Awards
If we’ve learned anything about the current commits in Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, it’s that each of them are not only deserving of a national honor, but most if not all are receiving national honors and awards.
The latest on the list of postseason awards, the US Army All-American defensive player of the year award has three current Ohio State commits as nominees for this prestigious honor. Baron Browning, Shaun Wade and Chase Young are all up for the award – giving Ohio State a 50 percent shot at keeping the award in their 2017 class.
The defensive recruiting class for the Buckeyes in 2017 is off the charts talent wise. With the star-power that is being brought to Columbus, the future of the Silver Bullets looks bright.
OSU DB commits shining
In keeping with trend, not only were Buckeye commits up for the US Army All-American defensive player of the year, but more OSU commits were nominated for a subset of the award as defensive back of the year.
The nominations on the Ohio State side of things include five-star cornerback commit, Shaun Wade. However, Ohio State target, Darnay Holmes is also a nominee for defensive back of the year.
Meet the Army All-American Defensive Back of the Year finalists.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) December 15, 2016
Winner announced 1/6. These guys will make WRs/QBs miserable in college. pic.twitter.com/gMx0U4wq56
Lately, Holmes has been seriously trending towards Ohio State, as 247sports crystal ball predictions seem to be coming in every day that passes in favor of the Buckeyes. With his commitment date coming on Jan. 7 at the U.S. Army All-American game, Ohio State will know their fortune on the Holmes saga, but as things currently stand, Darnay to the Buckeyes is a very real thing.
Colorado star high on Bucks
Colorado isn’t normally a state the Buckeyes have had historical success in recruiting wise, but that could change in the near future. Adrian Jackson, a top Colorado prospect in the 2018 class, currently has Ohio State at the top of his list of schools.
Jackson, an outside linebacker from Denver currently ranks as the seventh best at his position and the top overall prospect in his home state. The four-star has nine offers already from the likes of Penn State, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State and more.
While the offer list is already impressive, look for more of the nation’s top programs to throw their hats into the ring and become players for his services. There’s plenty of time before Jackson needs to come close to a decision, but the Buckeyes certainly look to be sitting well.