It's here. Fall camp for Ohio State starts tomorrow and we are officially under a month until the Buckeyes kick off the 2016 season in front of a packed out house as they take on the Bowling Green State Falcons. While the staff has it's eyes set on the start of fall practice, recruiting continues to stay at the top of their priorities as both the 2018 and 2019 classes had a new offer handed out by the Ohio State staff.
2019 top WR receives OSU offer
Only a sophomore to be in high school, 2019 receiver Jashawn Sheffield (Saint Simons Island, GA / Frederica Academy) has only one season of high school football under his belt, but that does't seem to be a factor as the youngster already possesses 15 scholarship offers. Yesterday, via his Twitter account, Sheffield announced that his latest offer came from Ohio State.
O-H-I-O blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State Univeristy. pic.twitter.com/Lf2ltDGHhn— Jashawn Sheffield (@Jashawnsheff) August 4, 2016
An incredible talent, Sheffield is currently considered by 247sports to be the top ranked receiver prospect for the 2019 class. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete possesses the tall and lengthy frame to be the outside target, but also the speed to be a true deep threat. With three full seasons still to be played in his prep career, the sky is truly the limit for the Georgia star.
The Buckeyes put themselves in a race that has seen Florida State, Florida and Clemson receive much of the early attention, but Ohio State has done exceptionally well in Georgia in the past; so anything is possible.
Buckeyes offer North Carolina stud
The second of the two offers dished out by the Ohio State staff yesterday went to Rick Sandidge (Concord, NC / Concord), a 2018 defensive tackle was given his 20th scholarship offer up to this point.
Excited to say that I've received my 20th offer from ⭕️hio state pic.twitter.com/3gksjlsX9b— 9⃣0⃣READY (@rickyo_90) August 5, 2016
Sandidge, a 6-foot-5, 273-pound defensive tackle is currently ranked by 247sports as the third best prospect in the state of North Carolina for the 2018 class and also the 10th best defensive tackle prospect in the country.
A composite 4-star, the Concord stud holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Duke. However, the North Carolina Tar heels currently hold one-hundred percent of the predictions in the 247sports crystal ball picks. With the number of top 2018 defensive tackle prospects already holding Ohio State in high regard, this recruitment could be no different for Sandidge.
Harris places OSU in final 5
Jaylen Harris (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) is the top receiver prospect in the state of Ohio and currently ranked by 247sports as the fifth best prospect in all of the Buckeye state for the 2017 class. While Ohio State already has commitments from the top four Ohio prospects, to be a perfect five for five, they would need to earn a pledge from the Cleveland star.
Yesterday, Jaylen gave an update in his recruitment as he narrowed down his list of schools he is considering to a final five before his final decision.
Making the cut, Harris included Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State. While Ohio State is the clear favorite to land Harris according to the 247 sports crystal ball predictions, and many others, Tennessee has rumored to be in the mix to land Jaylen. The Buckeyes seem likely to add two 5-star receiver products to the 2017 class in both Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey, but Urban Meyer certainly wouldn't say no to this elite in-state talent.
Basketball Bucks send out offer
Switching things to the hardwood, yesterday saw a new offer go out from Thad Matta's Buckeyes. On the receiving end of the latest offer, Thomas Allen (Garner, NC / Brewster Academy) a 2017 shooting guard made his offer total tally up to 18. Checking in at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Allen is a new name to Ohio State basketball recruiting, but could easily see his name start to gain serious attention as the Buckeyes are easily the most notable school to throw their hat into the ring for his services.
With still a senior season to be played in his prep career, look for Allen's recruitment to continue to take off.