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Multiple Big Ten schools are gunning for the same lineman, and you can bet Ohio State's in the mix

The Buckeyes are in the mix for a talented Maryland prospect.

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The Ohio State football program is reshuffling its recruiting board as multiple pledges decided to de-commit and open their recruitment back up. Wait for it...April Fools. While that was an average-at-best joke, it's not debatable that this current Ohio State recruiting class is well above-average. In fact, it's in the elite range. With so many prospects on board, the Buckeyes will be more selective as the process continues to next signing day.

An offer went out to offensive line/defensive line prospect P.J. Mustipher on Thursday afternoon. Mustipher, from Maryland, checks in at 6'5, 275 pounds and currently holds six offers. A class of 2018 prospect, Mustipher is slowly starting to put together an impressive resume as of the last few months. Other offers include Penn State and Tennessee. He is also scheduled to visit Michigan State today. Though he has the ability to play either side of the ball at the next level, it's more likely he ends up on the offensive side of the ball. Mustipher has a ton of strength and is very athletic for his size. Ohio State is on him relatively early and will now be in the driver's seat to watch him progress over the next year before things start to get more serious.

Per multiple reports, it's clear that Centennial-Corona High School wide receiver Manuel Allen will be back in Columbus for their spring game. Allen just visited Ohio State last weekend--a trip that obviously went very well. Allen, a 2018 prospect, has not garnered a ton of attention yet on the recruiting trail, but has a solid skill set and good frame at 6'1. He still has room to grow as well. Centennial High School is infamous for getting players to the next level and it doesn't hurt that he'll be playing alongside Tyjon Lindsey this upcoming season. 2018 is expected to be like 2017 when it comes to WR recruiting, though. There is a ton of top talent that Ohio State is in on so the coaches can afford to be picky. If Allen continues to show signs of interest and his performance on the field is adequate over the next couple seasons, there's a solid chance that he'll be in the fold for Ohio State in the future.


- It shouldn't come as a surprise, but Tyjon Lindsey announced his top ten. Yes, the Buckeyes were included.