A pair of Longhorn State prospects made the trek to Columbus over the weekend. Getting a chance to see the campus with their own eyes, and mingle with Urban Meyer, and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff, class of 2017 five-star recruits Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning invaded the Capital City.
In recruiting it's all about having a strong relationship, and that is exactly what the Buckeyes are trying to build with the Texas duo. Holding OSU in high regard throughout their recruitment, it was the 6 feet 1 inch, 195-pound South Grand Prairie High standout, Okudah's second time visiting OSU, while it was Browning's first time having the opportunity to make the trip north.
Holding well over 30 scholarship offers apiece, Okudah, and Browning have their fair share of college programs trying to keep them out of the Scarlet and Gray. Alabama, Stanford, and others are in the mix for Okudah, but some around scene believe he will end up choosing Ohio State in the end.
Browning on the other hand is a little different. All signs pointed towards his OSU visit going very well, but he isn't done checking out college programs anytime soon. Wanting to take more trips, the 6 foot 3 inch, 230-pound Kennedale, Texas native will visit Notre Dame next month.
With nearly eight months left until national signing day, and Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano, Tim Beck and others on the prowl, could the Buckeyes strike Texas gold once again? I guess we'll have to wait and see. Keep checking Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.
Buckeyes offer 2017 DT
Always looking to bring in talent up front, the Ohio State coaching staff have entered the recruiting race for another one of the most sought after defensive tackle prospects in the class of 2017. On Friday afternoon, the Buckeyes dished out Fayetteville, Ark. native and four-star rated recruit Akial Byers an opportunity to join the Big Ten powerhouse program.
Announcing his scholarship from Ohio State via his Twitter page, Byers now holds around a dozen offers from schools across the country. Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss,and Washington State are just a few of the other programs to give the 6 feet 4 inch, 275-pound standout a chance to attend their university on the next level.
When it comes to rankings, Byers finds his name mentioned among some of the best prospects on the high school level. Currently considered the 15th defensive tackle, and 263rd overall recruit in the class of 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite, he definitely backs the accolades he receives off the field, on it. Last season as a junior at Fayetteville High School, Byers accounted for nearly 70 total tackles, and three quarterback sacks to help lead the Bulldogs to a 13-2 overall record, and a state championship title.
- The Buckeyes are still in the mix for one of the top class of 2017 cornerbacks. On Friday, four-star standout Lamont Wade announced he is still considering taking his talents to Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Duke, West Virginia, Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Mississippi State. The 5'9, Clairton, Pennsylvania native, who received his scholarship offer from the Buckeyes in March of 2015, has made numerous trips to Columbus, including earlier this month.
- Following in the footsteps of Wade, and others, a pair of OSU targets were selected to participate in this summers The Opening, a elite camp held on the grounds of the Nike headquarters. After shining against other elite recruits at the events regional camp held in Oakland on Sunday. class of 2017 running back Najee Harris, and defensive tackle Jay Tufele were among the nine recruits picked to travel to Oregon in July. The five-star rated Harris is currently committed to Alabama, but visited Ohio State during the spring, while Tufele reportedly has the Buckeyes currently out in front over programs such as BYU, Michigan, and Oregon.