Yesterday, the Ohio State Buckeyes football squad was relieved of their duties until after Christmas. Once the holiday is done, the Bucks will be back making final preparations before departing for Arizona to take on the Clemson Tigers in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. While the holiday is coming quick and the biggest game of the year to date coming even faster, recruiting will take a well deserved backseat. However, that backseat won’t last too long as Urban Meyer has made it clear that recruiting never stops for Ohio State.
Wade on top, again
Just about a week ago, five-star cornerback and 2017 Ohio State commit Shaun Wade (Jacksonville, FL / Trinity Christian Academy) reaffirmed his pledge to the Buckeyes —allowing OSU recruiting followers to breathe a little easier. For some time, Alabama was a serious threat to Ohio State, but this chase is over and Wade is all set to play for the Scarlet and Gray.
Yesterday, Wade continued proving his five-star worth as he was named USA Today High School Sports American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year. An incredible honor, this prestigious award is a national recognition showing just how valuable Wade’s presence in the 2017 class truly is.
If you have any questions to just how superior Wade’s abilities are, you can take a look at the reasons why Wade was given the player of the year award in the USA Today HSS article. The nation’s fourth best cornerback in the country for 2017 will certainly live up to the Silver Bullet mantra if he has anything to say about it.
Holmes still trending toward OSU
In sticking with the cornerback position trend, another top defensive back prospect the Buckeyes are tremendously high on is none other than five-star Darnay Holmes. For a little while now, the Buckeyes have emerged as the new favorite for Holmes while UCLA seemed to be the longtime favorite due to the proximity to home.
On Tuesday, the rumblings on the Holmes front continued as not one, not two, but three 247sports crystal ball predictions came in for Holmes in favor of Ohio State. While he plans to announce on Jan. 7, at the US Army All-American game, the Buckeyes could be huge winners as they may receive not only a pledge from Holmes, the nation’s 2nd ranked corner, but also Jeffrey Okudah, the nation’s No. 1 corner in the 2017 class.
If Ohio State is able to land both Holmes and Okudah on Jan. 7, while having Shaun Wade already in the fold, the 2017 Buckeye recruiting class would boast having three of the top four cornerbacks in the country for 2017. If this is the case, Urban Meyer and staff have easily proven why they’re some of the top recruiters in college football.