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Another son of a NFL veteran could be coming to Columbus.

Patrick Surtain Jr.
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Sometimes athleticism just runs in the family. That is certainly the case for the latest class of 2018 prospect to receive an offer from the Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff.

On Friday afternoon five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, FL / American Heritage), the son of former Miami Dolphin and Kansas City Chief Patrick Surtain, earned a chance to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray.

A junior at Fort Lauderdale’s American Heritage, the same program that produced current Buckeye wide receiver Torrance Gibson, Surtain Jr. has picked up over 30 scholarship offers to date. Other than OSU, LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Florida State are just some of the many programs pursuing the 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back at the moment.

When it comes to rankings, Patrick finds his name among the best in the junior class. Per the 247Sports Composite, Surtain Jr. is considered the top cornerback, and 13th overall prospect in the class of 2018.

The Buckeyes have had success in Florida as of late. Will Surtain Jr. end up in Columbus or will he stay closer to his home in the Sunshine State? Only time will tell. Stay with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.

Brown sets Ohio State visit

Thad Matta and the Buckeyes basketball program will soon have one of their top remaining class of 2017 targets on campus for a visit.

Announcing his official visit plans via his Twitter page, five-star small forward Troy Brown (Las Vegas, NV / Centennial) will take a trip to OSU on Sept. 2 through Sept. 4. While in Columbus, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Brown will have the chance to not only spend time with Matta and company, but watch J.T. Barrett, Sam Hubbard and the rest of the Ohio State football squad take on the Falcons of Bowling Green in front of over 100,000 screaming fans in the The ‘Shoe’.

Brown’s Ohio State trip will be followed up by campus visits to Alabama, Oregon, Kansas and Georgetown. Recently releasing a top eight, Arizona, UNLV and California, where many pegged as a possible landing spot for Brown throughout the process, look to now be on the outside looking in when it comes to Troy’s commitment, but that could always change.

Westerville South big man Kaleb Wesson is the Buckeyes lone class of 2017 pledge. Wanting to bring a wing into the fold, Brown’s game definitely fits what Ohio State is trying to put together on the court, but he isn’t the only small forward that has the Buckeyes attention. Massillon Jackson star senior Kyle Young is also considering Matta’s crew.

2019 PG wants OSU offer

After recently locking in offers from UMass and Rhode Island, a class of 2019 point guard has his eye on adding Ohio State to his growing list of scholarships.

“That’s my dream school. I grew up watching Ohio State football. My uncle was a big football fan and he used to force me to watch when he came over to the house. Also, D’Angelo Russell, just how he impacted that school,” sophomore standout Taelon Martin (Springfield, MA /Putnam Tech) told Josh Newman of SNYtv.

The Buckeyes aren’t the only program the 6-foot-1 guard, who suits up for Mass Rivals on the AAU circuit, hopes dishes him an offer soon. Like many basketball recruits, Martin would like Duke and Kentucky to give him a chance to play on the next level.

“It’s pretty impressive how they just send so many one-and-done guys to the league like that,” Martin shared with Newman on the Blue Devil and Wildcat programs.