The summer months bring endless hours of recruiting to the Ohio State football staff. Nothing new to Urban Meyer and crew, the coaching staff will be hitting the road heading all over the country checking out current and potential commits. With camps in Columbus on the Ohio State campus and all over the country, the momentum Ohio State has already will certainly continue.
Positivity has been a common trend for the Buckeyes in terms of recruiting visits. The Buckeyes, as we learned yesterday, are set to host 4-star quarterback Tate Martell (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman) this weekend. The good news continued today as Ohio State received word that 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, TX / Episcopal) plans to head to Columbus for his first look at Ohio State next Thursday, according to 247Sports.
Standing at 6'4, 330 pounds, Wilson is the top ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2017 and the top prospect in Texas according to 247sports. When he was offered by Ohio State back in March, Wilson made it clear that he was more than interested in the Buckeyes and immediately wanted to make plans to come up and see what the Buckeyes have to offer. Urban Meyer certainly knows how to roll out the red carpet when it comes to important recruiting visits so this one could see the same type of treatment.
A solid visit for Marvin could really set things off between the two parties as the Buckeyes would certainly take a pledge from a top ranked prospect.
To make things more interesting, accompanying Marvin on the visit north to Ohio, current teammate Walker Little will also get a taste of Ohio State. Walker, a 4-star offensive tackle in the 2017 class, is ranked as the 12th best prospect at his position and the eighth best player in the state of Texas. Walker currently does not have an offer from Ohio State and it's uncertain if Urban Meyer desires another offensive line prospect due to a numbers crunch, but this visit can certainly answer those questions.
Familiar faces on campus
Time and time again we've said it: Ohio State's 2017 class is absolutely loaded with top national talent.
Two of those stars hail from the prestigious Florida IMG Academy. Roommates Marcus Williamson, a 4-star cornerback, and Isaiah Pryor, a 4-star defensive back, made their way to Columbus yesterday where they were seen in the Woody Hayes Football Facility – which will soon be their future home.
Spotted talking with future position coach Kerry Coombs, Pryor and Williamson are two that the Buckeye coaching staff cannot wait to get to campus as they will be major talents in the defensive backfield for years to come. With several Florida recruits still high on Ohio State's radar, Williamson and Pryor continue to be recruiting assets in the South.
Gill gets open
There isn't a player in the 2018 class the Buckeye coaching staff is higher on than that of Jaelen Gill (Westerville, OH / Westervile South) – and rightfully so. Gill is a prospect in Ohio State's backyard and the athleticism he brings to the table is second to none.
A 2018 4-star athlete, Gill is making his name known nationally. Yesterday, we learned that Gill's athleticism was being honored as he is one of only six underclassmen to be invited to Eugene, Oregon to take part in the premier football camp, Nike's The Opening.
As things currently stand right now, according to the 247sports crystal ball predictions, Gill is 100 percent predicted to stay close to home and play for the Buckeyes.
OSU staff in New jersey
Summer 2016 in college football is dedicated to satellite camps. Yesterday, Rutgers new head coach and former Ohio State assistant, Chris Ash kicked-off the tri-state football camp that would also host Urban Meyer and his assistants. Though this is a Rutgers event, Ohio State was able to be in attendance and check out newly offered 2017 athlete Markquese Bell (Bridegeton, NJ / Bridgeton).
As well as seeing other top talent in the Garden State, it was a chance for old colleagues to once again be on the same sideline coaching up the recruits. While Bell's recruitment between Ohio State has yet to really open up, a visit to Columbus is almost certain to occur this summer if the two parties want to heat up the process.
OH ✈️ NJ— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) June 8, 2016
Wilkes receives OSU offer
Yesterday, Ohio State basketball hosted 5-star prospect Kris Wilkes (Indianapolis, IN / North Central). The visit apparently went well as Wilkes was offered a scholarship by Thad Matta and the Buckeye before returning home. The 6'7, 190-pound small forward is currently the 11th best player in the country, third best small forward, and top ranked player in the state of Indiana for the 2017 class, according to 247sports.
As things currently stand, Wilkes is projected to head to a basketball mecca in Kentucky and play his college basketball for the Wildcats, but there's certainly still time for schools such as Ohio State to make their pitch for this prized recruit.
Glad to say I have just received and offer to Ohio State University ⚪️ ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/uc4qt4suhj— Kris Air Wilkes (@kadw31) June 8, 2016