While Ohio State might’ve not landed a verbal commitment over the holiday weekend, the Buckeyes still found a way to get their name in the recruiting headlines.
Before you can land a pledge you have to be among a recruit’s leaders. Over the past few days, Urban Meyer’s crew definitely became one step closer to adding to their list of future Buckeyes playmakers. Finding themselves already among the leaders to land a long list of soon-to-be senior recruits, three more class of 2018 prospects announced the Buckeyes are still in the running for their commitment.
On Saturday, a pair of junior recruits announced their top college list with the Buckeyes mentioned.
Four-star offensive lineman Barton Clement (Missouri City, TX / Fort Bend Marshall) took time out of his day with family and love ones to share a picture of his current headliners: Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Michigan:
S/o to @Sports_UpdateIG for the edit on my top schools pic.twitter.com/WBOnOvalRz— Barton Clement (@King_Barton101) December 24, 2016
The Buckeyes are putting pressure on the Longhorn State; at the moment, Clement has around a dozen scholarship offers, and is thought to be leaning towards staying closer to his Missouri City, Texas home base.
Soon after the 6-foot-2, 305-pound blocker announced his leaders, four-star running back Iverson Clement (Mount Holly, NJ / Rancocas Valley) took to his Twitter page to let the world know he is highly considering suiting up on the next level at either Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Florida, Tennessee or Penn State.
Top 6 schools that me and family and coaches will be focusing on and will try to attend there Junioir day still open but for now this is my6 pic.twitter.com/8SzfzfGF1f— Iverson Clement (@Swaggy__ai) December 25, 2016
Earning his offer from the Buckeyes in November, the New Jersey product made a trip to the OSU campus just days later and has been feeling what the Meyer and crew has to offer ever since.
Per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Clement, who rushed for over 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior at Rancocas Valley High School in Mt. Holly, NJ., is currently considered the 21st athlete, and 284th overall prospect in the class of 2018.
After becoming one step closer to adding a pair of elite recruits on Saturday the Buckeyes had another key recruit formally let it be known that Ohio State is still in the mix to potentially land their signature on the dotted line.
On Christmas day, five-star 2018 offensive lineman Jackson Carman (Fairfield, OH / Fairfield) had some college football fans thinking he would commit to a college program. That didn’t happen. Instead the U.S. Army All-American let his top 10 out to the public:
Merry Christmas ‼️ Here is my top 10 pic.twitter.com/la5XFlhCmB— Jackson Carman (@Jackthejiant) December 25, 2016
Pegged as an OSU lean for quite awhile, Carmen is taking a hard look at not just Ohio State, but also has interest in Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and USC.
Taking in multiple games at Ohio State, Carmen had the following to say after watching JT Barrett, Mike Weber, Sam Hubbard, Malik Hooker and the rest of the Buckeyes defeat the Badgers, 30-23.
“Ohio State, even though they're young is just so spectacular to watch because they play like vets. They've yet to succumb to the average young team traits like inexperience or underdevelopment,” Jackson stated to Land-Grant Holy Land on the Buckeyes come from behind win over Wisconsin in October.
Even though Ohio State has made Carman a top priority on the recruiting trail, we’ll have to wait a little longer to see what colors he will don on the college level. Stick with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.
- You can’t get them all. As expected four-star class of 2018 safety Jordan Moore committed to Texas A&M on Christmas Eve. Moore, who picked up a scholarship from Ohio State during the summer chose the Aggies over not just the Buckeyes, but also programs such as Texas and Oklahoma. The twin brother of wide receiver Joshua Moore, an OSU target, Jordan’s pledge to Texas A&M will play no role in Joshua’s college decision.