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Ohio State offer excites 4-star defensive end

The Buckeyes entered their name in the Jordan Williams sweepstakes.

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Ohio State has been spoiled with great defensive lineman such as recent NFL draft picks Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington. Looking to keep the tradition of great pass rushers alive for years to come, the Buckeyes dished out a scholarship offer to one of the most sought after defensive ends in the class of 2017 on Friday afternoon.

After having his now potential position coach stop by Frank W. Cox High School while in the Virginia Beach area, four-star prospect Jordan Williams received the news he's been waiting for since his recruitment caught fire.

"Coach (Larry) Johnson told me (of the offer) on the phone after he watched me practice and workout. He loves my game and my size, and versatility. It is definitely an exciting offer to have. I've been wanting that one for awhile," the 6 foot 5 inch, 260-pound standout stated to Land-Grant Holy Land soon after receiving his chance to line up in the Scarlet and Gray.

When it comes to Williams' recruitment, Urban Meyer's posse finds themselves up against some stiff competition. Picking up well over 20 scholarship offers from programs across the country. Ohio State will mix it up with the likes of Tennessee, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State and USC for Jordan's pledge.

Still yet to make it to Columbus to see what Ohio State has offer in person, Williams is working on changing that in the very near future. Trying to schedule a time that works out for everyone involved, he hopes to mingle with the Buckeye coaching staff this summer in either June or July.

According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Williams is currently pegged as the 18th weak-side defensive end, and 270th overall prospect in the 2017 class.

OSU in the mix for Tennessee recruits

A pair of Tennessee natives trimmed their college lists down over the weekend. On Saturday evening four-star running back Ty Chandler dropped his top eight. A 2017 standout from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., Chandler has drawn the eyeballs from the likes of USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Duke – and has earned an offer from each of the said schools.

Not even 24 hours later the Buckeyes learned they are still in the mix for another 2017 play-maker. Oak Ridge five-star wide receiver Tee Higgins announced via his Twitter page that Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame are the 10 contenders involved in his recruitment.

Arguably the top pure receiver in the 2017 class, Higgins, a one-time University of Tennessee commit, hauled in 46 receptions last season for 841 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 6 foot 4 inch, 190-pounder isn't just a star on the football field, he is also a standout on the basketball court, helping lead the Wildcats to the state playoffs as a junior by averaging over 15 points, and six rebounds a contest.

While both players would look great in an Ohio State uniform, at the moment things look very bleak when it comes to the Volunteer State standouts heading up north to join the Buckeyes. Still building a bond with the staff, and needing to set up trips to the OSU campus, things very well could heat up this summer, but all signs currently point towards Chandler, and Higgins staying closer to home in the south.

Quick Hits

  • After displaying their talents at the regional event in Chicago on Saturday, 2017 OSU defensive back targets Amir Riep (Cincinnati/Colerain), and Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Detroit/Cass Tech) were among the recruits invited to participate in this summers The Opening, a elite camp held on the grounds of the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Riep and Kelly-Powell join a number of future and potential Buckeyes at the annual event. Ohio State commits Marcus Williamson (Westerville/IMG Academy), Isaiah Pryor (Lawrenceville,GA/IMG Academy), Antjuan Simmons (Ann Arbor,MI/Pioneer), JK Dobbins (La Grange,TX/La Grange), Haskell Garrett (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and offerees such as Chase Young (Hyattsville,MD/DeMatha Catholic), Matt Dotson (Cincinnati/Moeller) and Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale,FL/St. Thomas Aquinas) are just a few of the prospects heading out to the West Coast in July to go up against some of the most talented recruits on the high school level.
  • On Sunday evening Thad Matta, and the Ohio State basketball squad offered a instate standout. Class of 2018 shooting guard Dwayne Cohill (Cleveland, Ohio / Holy Name) finally received his scholarship from OSU after being on Matta, and crew's radar for a matter of time. Not just one of the top soon-to-be junior prospects in the state of Ohio (but the country), the 6 foot 2 inch Cohill now has offers on the table from OSU, Northwestern, Penn State, West Virginia and others.