With fall camp fully underway with the Buckeyes right in the middle of it, the Ohio State coaching staff is faced with the difficulty of developing current players and grabbing the best of the future. With limited spots left available in 2017, Ohio State can afford to be extremely picky with the rest of their targets on the board. However, the class of 2018 is a bit different as the Buckeyes are vying to gain some momentum.
2018 wide receiver Joseph Scates (Dayton, OH / Dunbar) has made it public that receiving an offer from Ohio State would leave him "speechless,” as reported by Rivals.com ($). Scates, an Ohio native from Dunbar High School, holds eight total offers and is rated as the 35th best wide receiver in the country. At 6-foot-3, the four-star prospect present obvious mismatches with his size, but also has good speed to separate from defenders.
#Rivals250 WR Joseph Scates says that a #Buckeyes offer would leave him "speechless." https://t.co/jfFplkw0Wh pic.twitter.com/zs6ftd9ZRN— Rivals.com (@Rivals) August 16, 2016
At this point, Scates' recruitment is just starting to get underway. Ohio State will surely want to see him put up big numbers his junior season and maybe even will make him work for an offer at a camp next spring or summer. Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Iowa State are the most notable schools to have offered Scates at this point.
Scates will have plenty of opportunities to compete for an in-person offer if that's the route he wants to take. With time on his side, Scates can add even more plays to his inevitable highlight reel. Here’s what the Ohio native has done up to this point on the gridiron.
Grimes and Lindsey decisions loom
As noted yesterday, Ohio State has two key targets committing early next week: Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas) and Tyjon Lindsey (Corona, CA / Centennial). Grimes and Lindsey have both been considered Ohio State leans for quite some time. If the Buckeyes can land both prospects, it will only continue to solidify Ohio State's 2017 class as being tops in the county.
An overwhelming majority of predictions for Grimes, via the 247Sports Crystal Ball, has the Florida native heading to Columbus, Ohio and the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes also hold favorable predictions for Lindsey. With the Californian, there are a few more places where he is predicted to go, however, Ohio State is the clear cut favorite.
If both predictions come to fruition, the scarlet and gray recruiting class of 2017 would become even more loaded with talent. We’ll know exactly what the landscape will look like within the next couple weeks. Stick to Land-Grant Holy Land to see if these recruits become future Buckeyes.