As Ohio is gladly welcoming Spring, college football recruiting begins to intensify. This holds true for the Ohio State coaching staff, as the Buckeyes are set to have a plethora of recruits on campus this week. The biggest of them is four-star DT commit Haskell Garrett.
Garrett, who plans to be in Columbus the entire week, according to 247Sports, committed to the Buckeyes in early February, without ever visiting the school. Because of this, his commitment caught many off-guard and immediately people questioned the strength of the commitment.
However, the 6'2, 298-pound defensive lineman will now be able to solidify his commitment as he spends the majority of his spring beak in Columbus. The No. 4 DT of the 2017 class (according to the 247Sports Composite rankings) will take a five day visit to Ohio State. A visit of this length is uncommon for obvious reasons, but because Garrett currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, he likely won't find time for another visit until the summer.
Garrett is the Buckeyes' highest rated DT commit of the last two recruiting classes for Ohio State, making his commitment that much more important. He is joined by fellow four-star DT Jerron Cage, but DT is a position with little depth and Urban Meyer may be looking to add a third to this class. If this is in fact his intention, look for the Buckeyes to make a strong push for the top rated DT of the class, Marvin Wilson, who Ohio State offered last week.
OSU offers 2-sport star Smith
L'Christian "Blue" Smith, a four-star WR out of Huber Heights Wayne, received an offer from Ohio State yesterday, as was confirmed by Land-Grant Holy Land's own Caleb Houser. Smith, who is still a sophomore, is looked at as a four-star WR, according to 247Sports. Despite his youth, he already holds offers from programs such as Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Florida State, Oregon and Texas. This impressive list is likely due to his knack for making plays.
Standing at 6'6, 205 pounds, Smith is tough for defenders to bring down. Making it even tougher for opposing defenses is his motor, as Smith never stops moving his feet. He also possess good speed and is surprisingly agile, allowing him to make defenders miss in the open field.
Smith is also an impressive basketball player, holding offers from top-tier programs such as Kansas, Michigan State and Indiana. Two-sport athletes are hard to come across but Smith seems to be working hard to succeed in both. Look for the Buckeyes to increase their interest in Smith, as he is likely to become one of the top athletes of his class.
Buckeyes to host 4 local recruits
Four in-state recruits will be visiting Ohio State today, including four-star TE Trenton Gillison. Only a sophomore in high school, Gillison will be joined by his Pickerington Central teammates Morgan Ellison, Jeremiah Wood, and Xavier Henderson. Recruiting databases tend to shy away from ranking players this young, but 247Sports has Gillison rated as the fifth-best TE in the 2018 recruiting class and the sixth-best recruit in the state of Ohio.
Securing in-state commitments has become a priority for Urban Meyer, who has the luxury of being able to recruit talent from anywhere in the U.S. This will be even more important this year, as Jim Harbaugh has made it known that he wants to steal more recruits out of Ohio.