Antjuan Simmons became one of the most important members of the Ohio State recruiting class when he decided to commit to the Buckeyes over Jim Harbaugh and his hometown school Michigan. Stealing a recruit out of the Wolverines' backyard is always a plus in Ohio State recruiting; it is even better when he has play-making potential.
When Simmons initially committed to the Buckeyes, he was looked at as a three-star recruit with upside. Since committing, he has lived up to this potential and has flashed play-making abilities in recent spring camps, including one in Chicago, in which he was recognized as the top overall participant in the camp.
Now looked at as a four-star recruit, top-tier programs across the country have been taking notice of Simmons' talents as of late. Despite his commitment, he has still been receiving scholarship offers, but Buckeye Nation needn't worry. Simmons announced over Twitter that he would be attending the Ohio State campus this weekend.
Columbus Friday!! I can't wait!! ⭕️— Antjuan Simmons (@_antjuan_) April 4, 2016
The visit to Columbus will provide Simmons, who has admitted to talking with Urban Meyer a few times every week since his commitment, an opportunity to reaffirm his decision to move from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Columbus, Ohio - a more difficult move than most.
Four-star DE set to narrow down list of schools
Chase Young announced late last night that he will be narrowing his list of schools down to 15 today. The country's No. 4 rated weak-side defensive end has an impressive offer list including schools such as: Alabama, Maryland, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
Releasing top 15 tomorrow,stay tuned...— Chase Young (@youngchase907) April 5, 2016
Young was in attendance for the Buckeyes Student Appreciation Day practice over the weekend. The annual tradition has become a big weekend for recruiting for the Buckeyes and to make his visit even more special, he was able to bring his mom along with him. The 6'5, 220-pounder out of Hyattsville, Md., is just outside the top 50 players of his class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, landing at No. 53 and is the second best player in Maryland.
Expect Meyer and the Buckeyes to survive the first cut for Young's services, but that doesn't mean they can lighten up on recruiting him. Just the opposite, actually. As was previously mentioned, Young will be able to choose where he plays next from a list of pretty much any school he wants. Meyer has been able to successfully bring in supremely talented DE's in his career at Ohio State, and Young has the potential to follow in those footsteps.
Top-rated DT target, shows ability to dominate
In what could potentially be the country's best overall player in this recruiting class, Marvin Wilson, continued to shine during Sunday's The Opening's Houston Regional Camp. As was expected, when he competed in one-on-one competitions against some of the best talents in his class, Wilson bested pretty much any player he went up against.
Wilson, who received a scholarship from Meyer and the Buckeyes last month, received high praises from recruiting analysts across the country, and was seen as one of the top performers at the camp, according to 247Sports. The 6'4, 316-pounder holds offers from the best of the best when it comes to college football and still has plenty of time to make a decision, as he plans to wait until NSD in 2017.
Ohio State is a real contender for his services, but it will be a long process and the team will have to continue to express interest if it is serious about bringing him in. An official visit to Columbus is also a must, as Wilson possesses extraordinary athleticism for a junior in high school.