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Ohio State works on securing defensive recruits for 2018

The Buckeyes sent out offers to 2018 prospects Josh Belk and KJ Henry.

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The Buckeyes sent out an offer to 2018 defensive tackle Josh Belk on Tuesday. Belk, checks in at a monstrous 6'3", 285 pounds. From South Carolina, Belk's offer count now stands at six, but there will be more on the way between now and the end of summer. 247Sports ranks him as a four-star prospect and the number five rated defensive tackle in his class.

As always, it will be tough to pull a southern prospect from the slew of SEC and top ACC schools recruiting him. However, Belk has built of a strong relationship with the Ohio State coaching staff so far in this early part of the process. South Carolina seems like the early favorite, then followed by Clemson, but that's a moot point right now. There is plenty of time in this recruitment for Ohio State to make an impact. Expect the Buckeyes to work on getting him on campus this summer as they will chase Belk all the way to the end.

Belk wasn't the only player offered on Tuesday. Ohio State also sent out an offer to North Carolina defensive end KJ Henry. Henry, also a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, comes in at just over 6'5", and weighs about 220 pounds. With the frame he has, there no doubt that he can add tons of more muscle over the rest of his high school career and at the next level.

Though Henry is in the beginning of his recruitment, he has already gathered 22 total offers. In addition to Ohio State, he holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Georgia. Ohio State has always considered Henry a major target, but now the game is getting real that an offer has been thrown out his way. Thus far, early indications seem to be that Clemson and North Carolina are the favorites. Again, with this much time between now and when he eventually signs, that's no big deal for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will continue to pursue Henry hard over the next couple of years and try and get him on campus as soon as possible.


- Members of the Ohio State coaching staff were in Florida to check in on five-star commit Shaun Wade. Read the full update on the visit here.