It's coming. Yesterday marked 100 days until Ohio State football kicks off the 2016 season. With today cracking double digits until the matchup versus Bowling Green State University in Columbus, the Buckeye football staff has enough on it's plate to keep them more than busy this summer stretch. With recruiting being one of the major focuses this summer, Urban Meyer and company have put together a to do list that shows exactly why they are one of the premier programs in college football.
Texas star receives Buckeye offer
The affinity Ohio State has for the state of Texas is no secret. Urban Meyer has had success in the Lone Star State and continuing relationships in Texas has helped him land several talented prospects in his tenure with the Buckeyes. Yesterday, the roots in Texas grew even deeper as it was announced via his twitter that BJ Foster (Angleton,Texas / Angleton HS) had received an offer from Ohio State.
A two-way player, Foster has both running back and safety duties on Friday nights in the fall, but most likely projects as a defensive back at the next level. The 2018 4-star stands at 6 feet 1 inch, 188 pounds and already boasts a very impressive offer list.
With 21 schools already throwing their hat into the ring, it's easy to see why Ohio State came calling. Schools on the list for Foster include Baylor, Texas, Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State. As things currently stand, this Texas prospect is pegged to stay home and play for the Longhorns according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, but Ohio State and others certainly have time to compete for his services.
Ok here we go BIG time Ohio State offer pic.twitter.com/fjBAK4GBV3— THEBJFOSTER (@nofear_2) May 26, 2016
Top 2018 LB wanting to see Ohio State
Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has been second to none in his development of linebackers in his tenure with the Buckeyes. Producing NFL Draft picks at record pace seems to be in Fickell's DNA and recruits all over the country are taking notice. In particular, the nation's top ranked 2018 inside linebacker, Teradja Mitchell (Virginia Beach, Va. / Bishop Sullivan Catholic) has let it be known that he is interested in making the trek to Columbus and see what the Buckeyes have to offer.
The No.18 player in the 2018 class already has a Buckeye offer, but seems to be wanting to make the relationship stronger. A visit to Ohio State would certainly help this take place. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches and 225 pounds, Mitchell boasts the size that fits the Darron Lee mold perfectly. With over 25 offers already, Mitchell is easily one of the most sought after recruits in the 2018 class, but his interested in Ohio State shows that the Buckeyes have a real chance to be a major player for his services. Look for a visit to happen with Mitchell some time in the near future.
I wanna visit Ohio State ⭕️— Teradja Mitchell (@WhosThatNumber7) May 26, 2016
Baylor fallout, Mond situation
Yesterday, Baylor University and head football coach Art Briles went their separate ways. While recruiting certainly isn't anywhere near the forefront in this tragic situation, players unfortunately will most likely have some rethinking to do in terms of Baylor as a prospective college destination. One name linked to Ohio State long prior has been signal caller Kellen Mond (Bradenton, Fla. / IMG Academy). The nation's fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback has been committed to Baylor for nearly a year, but with the departure of Briles, the status of Mond and the Bears is certainly in limbo.
Mond recently visited Ohio State back in April and received an offer while on his visit to Columbus. Since then, we've heard several things on Mond and his chances of ending up a Buckeye. Although Ohio State is certainly still actively pursuing Tate Martell (Las Vegas, Nev. / Bishop Gorman), its been said by Mond himself that he was told he was "their main guy" in the 2017 class. The fallout at Baylor has certainly been disappointing and while recruiting easily takes a back seat to those affected, Mond will have a tough choice to make in the near future. Ohio State very well could end up seeing Mond feeling the Ohio State pull in the coming weeks.
OSU summer camp schedule
Ohio State's coaching staff will have a loaded summer in terms of satellite camp opportunities and on-sight position camps in Columbus. Hoping to continue the trend in bringing the nation's elite prospects to Ohio State, Urban Meyer has made sure that there is little to no downtime in the summer months as the evaluations of recruits will never cease to stop. In an article with cleveland.com, an in depth look is taken to see just how busy Ohio State will be. Currently, the Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and others each for satellite camps. The Ohio State brand has been a top program in college football because of it's work ethic and chase of perfection. This summer will easily continue that trend.