With 16 commits, Urban Meyer's 2017 recruiting class may be his masterpiece. Because of this, space is limited and only the best will be invited. Despite this, five-star outside linebacker Baron Browning (Kennedale, TX/ Kennedale) is one of the few players Meyer will make sure this class has room for.
While his recruitment is still somewhat up in the air, one thing we do know now is when he will make his decision. Late Monday night, Gerry Hamilton at ESPN reported that Browning will announce Nov. 29.
The former Baylor commit received a scholarship from the Buckeyes in May of last year. Since then, he has taken an unofficial visit to the Buckeye campus and the coaches have been to Kennedale to visit him as well. However, Ohio State will be competing with some of the best programs in the country for the No. 8 overall player of his class. Schools such as Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have shown plenty of interest in Browning and hometown schools Texas, Texas A&M and TCU are all in the mix as well.
The Buckeyes already have secured a commitment from one OLB in four-star Antjuan Simmons (Ann Arbor, MI / Pioneer) but the addition of Browning would be huge. Look for the Buckeyes to continue to heavily pursue Browning and if they can get him to visit for the Ohio State vs. Michigan game, Meyer will have a golden opportunity to leave an impression of him three days before he commits.
Ohio State may be targeting its next elite TE
After signing two tight ends in the 2016 recruiting class, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes will likely wait until 2018 before they put significant time into recruiting another one. If this is in fact what Meyer plans on doing, expect the coaches to heavily target four-star TE Mustapha Muhammad (Missouri City, TX / Ridge Point).
It is still early to be able to completely judge the kids in the '18 class because they are just that, kids. Muhammad still has two seasons of high school football before he has to make a decision on where to continue his career. Despite this, Muhammad is already looked at as one of the premier players in his class, as 247Sports has him listed as the No. 5 TE and he falls just outside of the top 100 players overall, being slotted at No. 101.
The four-star has shown play-making ability already and he has received an estimated 25 scholarship offers already. Programs such as Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame have offered Muhammad, so Ohio State will again be competing with the best of them for the 6-foot-4, 230-pound TE.
Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com spoke with Muhammad recently, and the TE spoke highly of both the coaching staff at Ohio State and of the way the position is utilized on the field, along with the recent success Ohio State has had in getting its TE's into the NFL. He then went on to say that he plans on releasing a list of his top 10 schools near the end of his upcoming season for Ridge Point and that he expects the Buckeyes to be included.
If Meyer locks-in on Muhammad, expect the TE to make multiple visits to the school in the coming two years. Muhammad has yet to step foot in Columbus, but Kurelic noted he is working on making the trip in November for the Ohio State vs Michigan game.
Ohio State could be in for a BOOMing week
Next week will be one of the biggest weekends for Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class. Two five-star WR's will be announcing where they will be playing in college and the Buckeyes are the favorites to land both. Both Tyjon Lindsey(Corona, CA / Centennial) and Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) have been Ohio State leans for a while now, but as those who follow recruiting know, nothing is ever a sure-thing.
Lindsey is set to announce first, as he scheduled to announce his decision via Bleacher Report, Monday. The relationship between him and the Buckeyes has increased by a great deal in the last year. To even sweeten the deal, Lindsey's former QB, Tate Martell (Las Vegas, NV / Bishop Gorman) committed to Ohio State this summer. Many expect the No. 5 WR in his class to commit to the Buckeyes. Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com is so confident he gave it a 75% chance of happening.
If Kurelic is confident Lindsey will commit to the Buckeyes, he is almost certain when it come to Grimes. The five-star will also be committing next week as he is scheduled to announce next Wednesday, just two days after Lindsey. Grimes has been connected to Ohio State for the majority of his recruitment. While Florida seemed like it could sneak in at one point, those talks have died down recently and Ohio State seems to be the clear favorite. Kurelic gives the Buckeyes a 95% chance at landing the No. 3 WR of the class.
Urban Meyer has already established what could be the best overall recruiting class in the programs history, if everything goes as planned next week, that could become definite.
Make sure to follow Land-Grant Holy Land next week as these two announce.