Todd Sibley's commitment up in the air
Four-star RB and Buckeye commit, Todd Sibley (Akron, Ohio / Archbishop Hoban) has had a roller coaster of a recruitment process with Ohio State. Once seen as a crucial member of the class, Sibley, who is high school teammates with fellow Buckeye commit Danny Clark (Akron, Ohio / Archbishop Hoban), has been committed to the program for a long time, but it's not as surefire as his commitment once was.
Last month, the Buckeyes asked Sibley to postpone his first year of eligibility with the program by offering him a Grey shirt. The main reason behind the offer was the lack of room in the Buckeyes' 2017 recruiting class, which already has commitments from 13 recruits, including fellow four-star RB J.K. Dobbins (La Grange, Texas / La Grange). Sibley was obviously shaken up after he received the grey shirt offer, and shortly after, attended the Michigan State spring game on April 23.
Sibley, who was also in attendance for Ohio State's record-setting spring game, has yet to decommit from the program, but last weekend at The Opening regional camp in Columbus, he confirmed with Cleveland.com that he was, "looking around" at other schools.
The likely competitors for Sibley's services are the aforementioned Spartans, Michigan, Penn State, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Missouri.
Michigan 4-star DT still thinks about being a Buckeye
With the 2017 recruiting class filling up quickly, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes' recruiting staff are already hard at work for the 2018 class.
Leonard Taylor (Springfield, Ohio / Springfield) committed to Ohio State's arch rival, Michigan, during the program's spring game on April 1. However, he has been vocal that he is still being heavily recruited by multiple schools, and with two years of high school football left, he is considering all of his options.
One of those options happens to be Ohio State. Taylor has been in Columbus a couple of times recently, including a visit to the Buckeyes' spring game, and as a participant the The Opening regional camp in Columbus, last weekend. Already seen as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Taylor spoke to 247Sports at the camp and said that he was impressed by the Buckeyes' recent draft class, and that the program's proven success will definitely be a factor down the stretch.
The 6 foot 6 inch, 258-pound defensive linemen also mentioned Meyer keeps in constant contact with him. Taylor's commitment to the Wolverines is far from solid, and expect Ohio State to continue recruiting the homegrown talent up until National Signing Day 2018. The offer from Ohio State is a special one to the top 25 overall recruit of his class, as he said that he still thinks about being a Buckeye every day.
Ohio State visits an in-state recruit
The Buckeyes' recruiting staff is keeping true to its word by attacking homegrown talent. Land-Grant's own Austin Kemp, talked earlier about how Ohio State was planning to recruit OL Blaine Scott (Portsmouth, Ohio / Sciotoville) and they did just that this week.
Scott's high school coach, James Gifford, confirmed a visit by Buckeye coach Greg Studrawa over Twitter Monday.
The Buckeye's weren't the only school in attendance, as 247Sports' Bill Kurelic reported both Virginia Tech and Ohio University were also present. The 2018 recruit has yet to receive a star ranking on 247Sports, but this is common for high school athletes that are this early in their football careers.
However, Scott's recruitment has seen a boost recently, receiving offers from Purdue, Indiana, NC State, Rutgers, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Miami (OH) in the last month – as well as a Notre Dame visit back on April 16. Scott has the size, standing at 6 feet 5 inches and 300-pounds, and the potential to become an elite recruit in his class.
It is always comforting to see Ohio State take advantage of homegrown talent by actively watching them early on in their recruitment process. It gives the team more time to establish relationships and watch how the kid develops.