Two days is all that separates us from the 2016 Ohio State football team moving into the team hotel for fall camp. With Urban Meyer and staff putting the final touches on practice plans and schedules for the squad, recruiting still remains a top priority.
As the 2017 class sits atop of the standings in the nation, 2018 has seen a tremendous jump in attention. Never satisfied, the Buckeye football staff is hard at work hunting down the best prospects in the 2018 class and beyond.
5-star receives OSU offer
Whether you agree that it matters or not, star rankings seem to have done nothing but help the Buckeyes efforts on the field.
Yesterday was no different.
Once again, a top ranked prospect in the class of 2018 received the coveted Ohio State scholarship offer. Five-star prospect Xavier Williams (Hollywood, FL /Chaminade-Madonna Prep) announced last night via his Twitter account that his latest offer was in fact from the Buckeyes.
Standing at 6-foot and 180 pounds, the speedster Williams currently lines up on both sides of the ball for his high school team. As a cornerback/wide receiver, he has the athleticism that every college program raves about.
Currently, Xavier is not only ranked as the sixth best prospect in the state of Florida for 2018, but also the second best "athlete" in the nation. With an incredible list of over 30 offers, there is no clear cut leader as of yet. However, Williams plans to make Buckeye fans happy as he fully intends on visiting Ohio State and seeing what Columbus, Ohio has to offer for the Florida stud.
With Meyer's track record, and in the state itself for recruiting purposes, never count out Ohio State as an option for pulling Southern talent out of SEC country. It has happened many times before in Meyer's short tenure at Ohio State – and you can certainly bet it will happen again.
Bucks lead way for top 2018 DT
In no surprise at all, the talks of 5-star prospects interested in Ohio State continues. This time, defensive tackle Taron Vincent (Bradenton, FL / IMG Academy) continues to keep Ohio State in high regards, as he still considers the Buckeyes to be leaders in his recruitment.
Ohio State continues to lead the way for the country’s top-ranked 2018 defensive tackle. https://t.co/6Cgy0Q3Pyl— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) August 3, 2016
The 2018 5-star defensive tackle tops the list as not only Florida's top prospect for the 2018 class, but also as the top ranked DT in the country. Vincent currently has over 20 offers, but it's the Buckeyes who own every prediction on the 247sports crystal ball picks.
There is certainly a long way to go, as 2018's signing day is a solid two years ahead. However, as things sit right now, Larry Johnson and Urban Meyer continue to dominate the defensive line recruiting.
OSU social media buzz
Whether it's Ohio State's incredible graphic design team or just a social media post from a recruit, Ohio State stays a constant topic on social media. Last night, much of the same continued as two Texas targets being heavily recruited by Ohio State made the Buckeyes their topic of discussion on social media.
Linebacker Anthony Hines (Plano, TX / Plano East) made his Ohio State related splash on social media as he uploaded an original design created by the Ohio State graphic design team.
A prospect with nearly 100 offers, Hines continues to keep the Buckeyes in his top list of schools. The nation's top ranked inside linebacker for the 2017 class will continue to be a priority for Urban Meyer, as he tries to solidify another top recruit in the already historic class of 2017.
The second Texas star of the night to mention the Buckeyes was none other than 2017’s top defensive back target Jeffrey Okudah (Grand Prairie, TX /South Grand Prairie).
The nation's top ranked 2017 cornerback hit up his Twitter with the ever so flashy black Ohio State jerseys.
Considered to be the top school for Okudah, Ohio State is still in great shape to land yet another 5-star in the 2017 class. According to 247sports’ crystal ball prediction, the Buckeyes lead the pack to get the Grand Prairie star.