Ohio State concluded its fourth spring ball practice yesterday and while that is enough work as it is, Urban Meyer also played host to many of the nation's elite prospects for the 2017 and 2018 classes. As well as entertaining those in attendance, a new offer was sent out to a 2018 prospect. Without further adieu, let's jump right into the news the came about Thursday.
Radley-Hiles lands OSU offer
The Buckeyes are looking excellent so far for the 2017 class in terms of their secondary commits. However, an elite program such as Ohio State knows that recruiting is a business that never stops and momentum only helps carry into the future. Such was true when yesterday, via his Twitter, 2018 Calabasas, California prospect Brendan Radley-Hiles let it be known that his latest offer was from the Buckeyes.
The 5'10, 175-pound cornerback has seen his recruitment really take off as of late. With offers from 11 total schools and Michigan State, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, and Ohio State all offering within the last month, it shows just how highly he is being looked at. There's plenty of time before a decision will be made, but with nearly two years until 2018's signing day, Ohio State has put themselves in great position to build a great relationship with the California standout in the meantime.
Humbled & Blessed To Have Received My 11th Scholarship Offer From THEE Ohio St. University ⭕️ #BuckeyeNation #CBA pic.twitter.com/g3lcIwQZeg— Brendan Radley-Hiles (@Bookie_44) March 24, 2016
Martell's OSU visit successful
We all know you're wondering, so let's not waste any time and jump right into the latest rumblings with the nation's top quarterback and his Ohio State visit. Tate Martell is a name that needs no introduction. The Las Vegas, Nevada Bishop Gorman signal caller is currently committed to Texas A&M, but is currently in Columbus, Ohio as he spent his entire day yesterday on an unofficial visit at Ohio State and looked to be having a great time.
Starting his day off at 7 am with a team meeting at the Woody Hayes Football Facility, Martell was also in attendance for the Buckeyes' fourth spring practice, followed by a tour of Ohio Stadium. Ohio State certainly rolled out the red carpet for him. With the on-campus visit now concluded, Martell's status with the Texas A&M Aggies has been questioned.
Last night, several 247Sports crystal ball predictions were "flipped" from Texas A&M to Ohio State for Martell. While Ohio State does currently have a quarterback already committed to the 2017 class in Danny Clark of Akron Archbishop Hoban, if Martell wants in, Ohio State would certainly welcome him with more than open arms. His family certainly wouldn't mind an Ohio State destination either as Tate has mentioned he has family in Ohio who love the Buckeyes. Nothing is set in stone of course, but things are trending toward Ohio State for Martell and that is news that would set the already top-ranked 2017 recruiting class at a level that may be unreachable by any other program.
O H I O S T A T E B U C K E Y E S pic.twitter.com/iGp2LY5f8i— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) March 24, 2016
My grandpa graduated from Ohio State in 1968! #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/ZdhoWq2UQM— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) March 24, 2016
Thompson-Robinson visit update
Ohio State has nearly perfected a pipeline with out-of-state schools such as Florida's St. Thomas Aquinas and even IMG Academy. However, a new pipeline may be forming for Ohio State. Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nevada is home to current Buckeye commit Haskell Garrett (who is currently on his first visit to Columbus since committing), Tate Martell (who is on campus), as well as another Bishop Gorman prospect, 2018 quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (who is also on campus) to round out the Nevada trio.
While Thompson-Robinson is currently Tate Martell's backup at Bishop Gorman, after the 2016 football season, he'll take the reigns and is already seeing his recruitment take off without ever starting a varsity football game. On his visit to Ohio State, Thompson-Robinson was able to be with his current teammates and see what the Buckeyes have to offer. Things for the 2018 prospect looked to have gone more than well. As Urban Meyer says quite frequently, "the future is bright at Ohio State." The Buckeyes are certainly building for now and the future.
Unofficial Visit to THE Ohio State University ! #Zone6 #Shhhh #BuckeyeNation ⭕️ ❗️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/9uo4MQ5z49— DorianThompsonRob... (@DoriansTweets) March 24, 2016
Lindsey on OSU campus today
A former Bishop Gorman teammate to Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett, Tyjon Lindsey, recently moved back to California to finish his prep football career. The nation's fifth best receiver for the 2017 class, according to 247Sports, will be in Columbus today visiting Ohio State and news has already been circulating of what this visit could bring. Last night via his Twitter, Tyjon sent a tweet that had many Buckeye fans guessing as to what will come. As his visit starts today, stay locked in with us at Land-Grant Holy Land.
The 5'9, 180-pound speedster has offers from nearly every top program in the country, but Ohio State certainly sits near the top of the list for Lindsey. As of late, the Buckeyes have even been pegged as the team leading for him. While there's plenty that can happen regarding his recruitment, things sit well for Urban Meyer and Zach Smith.
Uh oh.. WE MIGHT SHOCK THE WORLD WITH THIS ONE JUST WAIT.. ®— Tyjon A. Lindsey ++® (@tyjonlindsey) March 24, 2016
I'LL BE LEAVING TOMORROW AT 11:00pm, ARRIVING 6:30am FRIDAY TO VISIT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY #ZONE6 #SELECT17 ❗️ pic.twitter.com/BswDdcgv2T— Tyjon A. Lindsey ++® (@tyjonlindsey) March 24, 2016
Holmes heading to Ohio State soon
Yesterday via his Twitter, the nation's top ranked cornerback for 2017 (according to 247Sports), Darnay Holmes, gave Ohio State some good news as he let it be known that he plans to make a trip to Columbus soon to see what the Buckeyes are all about. His plans right now most likely include a visit for the spring football game as the conclusion to spring ball. Ohio State's 2017 defensive secondary is already loaded, but Ohio State being a player for another top prospect isn't anything new for the 2017 class.
Going up to see @Cantguardmike & my boys at Ohio State soon! How many schools can say they produce first rounders #Buckeyes— Darnay Holmes (@DarnayHolmes) March 24, 2016
- 2017 4-star defensive lineman prospect Donovan Jeter placed Ohio State in his top 10 schools via his Twitter yesterday afternoon.
- 2018 Huber Heights Wayne prospect Alex Reigelsperger made a return trip back to Ohio State yesterday, his second trip in a week. An offer could be coming very soon.
- 2017 Ohio State commit and IMG Academy star Isaiah Pryor was on campus visiting his future home yesterday.
- Pickerington, Ohio 2017 prospect Garon Howard was in attendance for Ohio State's spring practice yesterday.
- 2018 running back prospect Markese Stepp, from Indianapolis, is making his way to Ohio State this weekend.