OSU after Cook
This past week, the Buckeyes 2018 recruiting class officially got rolling when 2018 running back Brian Snead, a five-star prospect from Armwood (FL), decided to commit to Head Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State at the annual Friday Night Lights event.
On Wednesday, the Buckeyes also had next years recruiting class in mind as they dropped an offer to 2018 cornerback Anthony Cook (Houston, TX / Lamar). The 6’1, 168-pounder has a bevy of offers already under his belt. Ohio State is now one of the 24 programs to give an offer to the Houston native including Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State and many more.
Extremely Blessed and Excited to receive an offer from The Ohio State University !!! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/sZ6lfWXIwN— Anthony Cook (@_ACook21) July 27, 2016
Cook is currently pegged as a four-star prospect in next years class but he is this close to five-star status. The Lone Star State standout is also slotted as the 43rd best player in his class, the fifth overall cornerback, and the sixth highest graded player from the state of Texas.
Pledger talks FNL
One prospect that was in attendance for Friday Night Lights last week was 2018 RB T.J. Pledger (West Hills, CA / Chaminade). On Wednesday, the 5’9, 188-pounder caught up with 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic and told him he “had a good time” at the event. Pledger also raved to Kurelic about the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium and being able to work with the Buckeye coaches. Pledger unsurprisingly singled out running backs coach Tony Alford as one coach he specifically enjoyed working with.
Perhaps the biggest news from the interview with Kurelic was when Pledger stated that he will get back to Columbus for a game and that he is “most definitely” interested in Ohio State. As we mentioned above, the Buckeyes already have a commitment from Snead for 2018 but it is super likely that Ohio State takes two backs in next years class. Could this be the tandem? We will have to wait and see.
One time commit picks USF
Not too long ago, Ohio State had a verbal commitment from 2017 athlete Bruce Judson (Cocoa, FL / Cocoa). The four-star prospect was technically a member of the Buckeyes class for 10 months before what seemed to be a mutual parting between the two parties.
On Wednesday, the one time Buckeye commit announced that he was keeping his skill set in the Sunshine State and would be playing his collegiate career for Head Coach Willie Taggart and South Florida.
Judson is the 275th best player in this years class, according to the 247Sports Composite Scale. He also stands as the 14th highest rated ATH in the entire country and the 41st best player from the always talented state of Florida.
Definitely an underrated but tremendous pickup for the Bulls.