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Urban Meyer using spring practice as major recruiting push for Ohio State

By pulling in some big-name prospects this week, the Buckeyes' mastermind could seal a few more deals.

Blaine Scott and Tyler Gerald
Blaine Scott and Tyler Gerald

With schools on spring break, top-rated prospects from across the country are taking their time away from the classroom to check out what colleges have to offer. On Tuesday, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff had their fair share of high school recruits on campus for their spring practice.

Headlining the list of prospects that visited Ohio State yesterday was current class of 2017 verbal commit Haskell Garrett. Making the trek from Nevada to Columbus for the first time, Garrett finally had the opportunity to see what the Buckeyes are working with up close and personal.

With teams such as Notre Dame, where the defensive tackle visited over the weekend, trying to poach him away from the Buckeyes' grasp, the trip didn't just give him and his family a chance to meet the staff, but also see what it would be like to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray.

Garrett, a four-star prospect, accounted for over 50 tackles, and six sacks last season at powerhouse Bishop Gorman. His play on the field wasn't just noticed by college coaches. According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings he is currently the fourth defensive tackle, and 75th overall recruit in the class of 2017.

Ohio natives check out Buckeyes

While Haskell Garrett might be far away from home, a number of prospects didn't have to travel too far to see Ohio State practice. Pickerington Central recruits Morgan Ellison (2017), Trenton Gillison (2018), Xavier Henderson (2018), and Jeremiah Wood (2018), the brother of former Buckeye defensive back Jamie Wood, were on campus Tuesday.

All four recruits are on the school's radar. The 2018 prospects also all have offers on the table from Kentucky and other FBS programs.

Another prospect to visit OSU yesterday was class of 2018 offensive lineman Blaine Scott of Portsmouth East High School. A former teammate of current Buckeye offensive lineman Tyler Gerald, Scott, who has been on the Ohio State campus a number of times throughout the recruiting process, once again got to see the Buckeyes put in work. While he was impressed with the team, it was one of the Buckeyes' new assistant coaches that stole the show this go-around.

"I've been to OSU numerous times now so I know what it's about. I have always loved the intensity the team has. The biggest thing about today was getting some good time with Coach Stud[rawa]. I must say the man is intense. I loved his work ethic and intensity. We had some good talks today. He really liked me and my tape. We talked about a possible offer in the future, which looks really good," the 6'5, 300-pound sophomore told Land-Grant Holy Land.

Scott's visit to Ohio State won't be his last college trip. In the coming weeks the sophomore has plans to check out a few of the programs to offer him a scholarship so far. On April 2nd, the Cincinnati Bearcats will host Blaine, while the Duke Blue Devils will have their chance to have him on campus a week later, on April 9th. Although he has yet to set a date, Michigan State and Iowa State are two schools he would like to get to in the near future.

Buckeyes offer 2016 wing

Just days after leading Westerville South to a state championship, Andre Wesson's week got even better on Tuesday evening. The son of former Buckeye big man Keith Wesson and older brother of current Ohio State 2017 pledge Kaleb Wesson, Andre, a 6'7 wing, received his chance to play for Thad Matta, Jeff Boals, and the Buckeyes on the next level.

A leader on the court all season long for the Wildcats, Wesson averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists during the state playoffs. His Ohio State offer might be brand new, but many other programs have been recruiting Andre for a matter of time. Xavier, Richmond, Akron, and Bowling Green are just a few of the schools to offer a scholarship to Wesson during the process.

Zach Fleer of had the following to say of Wesson:

"While Wesson improved his offensive game by leaps and bounds as a senior, the 6'7 wing's best attributes are on the other side of the floor, as he is poised to be one of the state's top defensive players. With the strength, athleticism, versatility, and awareness to defend every position on the floor, Wesson was 'the glue' for Westerville South this season, guarding every opponent's best player throughout the entire season."

Will Wesson be the last piece of the Buckeyes' 2016 recruiting puzzle? Stay with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.