While the Buckeyes weekend was relatively quiet on the recruiting front as a whole, Friday stole the headlines. Before you verbally commit to a college program you have to be offered a roster spot. On Friday, five talented prospects received a chance to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray.
After attending summer camps with the Buckeyes, class of 2018 prospects Christopher Oats, Dallas Gant, Kamryn Babb, Jalynn Williams, and Verdis Brown all earned a full ride scholarship from the Ohio State coaching staff.
Oats, a four-star linebacker and teammate of OSU 2017 commit Jerron Cage at Cincinnati’s Winton Woods High School, added the Buckeyes to what is steadily becoming a solid list of potential landing spots. Michigan State, Nebraska and Oklahoma are just a few of the other schools to give the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder a chance to attend their institution of higher learning.
A lot like Oats, Dallas Gant isn’t just one of the top junior linebackers in the state of Ohio, but the entire class of 2018. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Toledo St. John’s Jesuit product might be considered a Buckeye lean since receiving his offer from the staff, but has the likes of Michigan State and Notre Dame trying to keep him out of the palms of Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and the rest of the Ohio State staff.
A nationally ranked program can’t just recruit in the great state of Ohio, though. Knowing they have to find athletes from across the country, a few out-of-state prospects also landed offers from the Big Ten power Buckeyes on Friday.
Always looking to add more play-makers to the Ohio State roster, Urban Meyer and crew handed offers out to wide receivers Kamryn Babb, and Jalynn Williams.
Babb, who stands around 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is considered the fourth receiver, and 40th overall prospect in the 2017 class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. A key part of Christian Brothers Academy in St. Louis, Kamryn has the Buckeyes now mixing it up with Missouri, and Big Ten foes such as Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin for his commitment after a more than stellar sophomore campaign where he accounted for over 800 yards receiving and 10 total touchdowns for the 13-1 Cadets.
The loan southerner the Buckeyes offered on Friday was Jalynn Williams. With offers on the table from Florida and Miami (FL), many around the scene currently believe the 5-foot-11, 185-pound speedster will stay closer to his St. Petersburg home in the Sunshine State after he recently called the opportunity from the Gators his “dream offer”. It might be a challenge to land Williams, but with recent success on the recruiting trail in Florida, that didn’t keep Ohio State from throwing their hat in the ring.
God keeps blessing me. Just got offered by The Ohio State University @OhioStateFB— Jalynn Williams (@jalynn_will5) June 17, 2016
Looking to strike gold from the Chicago area once again, Ohio State gave Mount Carmel High roadblock Verdis Brown a chance to play his college ball in the 614.
June has been a great month for the 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive guard. Coming into the month with just a few offers under his belt, Brown has locked offers from not just Ohio State, but Florida State, Missouri, Toledo and Purdue over the last two weeks.
With well over a year until the aforementioned prospects sign on the dotted line with a college program a lot can change within their recruitment. Stay with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.
- In Columbus attending camp on Friday, offensive lineman Jake Moretti, a Ohio State class of 2017 verbal pledge, suffered a severe knee injury that will reportedly make the four-star Colorado native miss his senior season.
- The Ohio State football program has hosted numerous camps this summer. Want an inside look at how they go down? Land-Grant Holy Land caught up with some of the recruits who recently spent time with the OSU coaching staff.