This weekend marks the highlight of the Spring for Ohio State football. Saturday, Urban Meyer and staff will get to see the Buckeyes play in the annual Scarlet versus Gray game which will show the team's progress up to date. Besides seeing how the Buckeyes play in front of a large crowd for a glorified practice, spring games allow recruits to visit various campuses. The same is true for Ohio State, who will host several of the nation's best this weekend.
Harris invades OSU
Ohio State's running back situation for the class of 2017 is certainly one that brings excitement. With commitments from Todd Sibley (Akron, Ohio / Archbishop Hoban) and J.K. Dobbins (La Grange, Texas / La Grange) already in the fold, Ohio State is still at work. Yesterday, the country's top ranked running back in the 2017 class according to 247sports, 5-star Najee Harris (Antioch, Calif. / Antioch) arrived in Columbus for his unofficial visit to Ohio State.
Harris is currently committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, but long wanted to visit Ohio State and see what the Buckeyes have to offer. Harris will be in town for the weekend and will attend the spring football game.
Upon Harris' arrival, his first stop was to the Woody Hayes football facility where he was able to meet with the staff and see the sights. With a player of Najee's caliber on campus, it certainly brings attention. While there hasn't been news of Harris being unhappy with Alabama, this visit shows how highly he thinks of Ohio State.
Checking out Ohio State this weekend with the hardest working player in the country pic.twitter.com/ebTGB6yxU2— CoachBDud (@CoachBDud) April 14, 2016
Wade-Perry heading to Columbus
Last night, via his twitter account, 2017 defensive tackle prospect, Dylan Wade-Perry (Englewood, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) announced he would be heading to Ohio State over the weekend. Wade-Perry, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound defensive tackle, is considered to be the tenth best prospect in the Garden State for the class of 2017, according to 247sports.
The 3-star holds offers from over twenty schools including the likes of Stanford, Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State. As things stand now, Stanford is the favorite to land his pledge according to the 247sports crystal ball predictions, but having Dylan on campus this weekend is certainly a step in the right direction if Ohio State wants to be a player for his services.
hio State tomorrow night‼️— D-W♻️DE (@DalynWP) April 15, 2016
Local Prospect heading to campus
For Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, it's never too early to start recruiting into future. 2017 may be the current class of most importance, but Ohio State is wasting no time in recruiting for 2018 class as well. Local prospect, Xavier Henderson (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central) will make the short trek to campus Saturday for the spring football game as reported by 247sports analyst Alex Gleitman.
Henderson is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete and while he does not hold an early ranking on the recruiting sites, he holds five scholarship offers with two full football seasons still to play in his prep career. Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Toledo, Miami (OH), and Eastern Kentucky are the first to throw their hat into the ring for Henderson, but a visit to Ohio State should certainly see his name gain even more exposure in the near future.
Micah Clark names top 5
Yesterday, Micah Clark (Holmdel, N.J. / St. John Vianney Regional), a prospect who was thought to be high on Ohio State, announced his top five schools. The Buckeyes, however, were not one of them.
Clark, a 4-star offensive tackle from the Garden State is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound stud that ranks out as the top overall prospect in the state of New Jersey according to 247sports.
As of right now, the Buckeyes do hold predictions on the 247sports crystal ball chart, but now that looks to not be a sign of importance. Urban Meyer will certainly do what it takes to regain a relationship with Clark if desired, but only time will tell.