The Buckeyes are still fresh off a win over national power and former playoff participant Oklahoma. With this week being Ohio State's "bye" week, the coaching staff has had time to get their players well rested before they open Big Ten play next Saturday with Rutgers coming to town. No football game this weekend allowed for recruiting to once again take focus – much like it does during the off-season when coaches hit the trails in search for the next great Buckeye.
Bucks offer Florida Tight End
The tight end position for Ohio State has had its handful of names that have brought nothing but success to the position group. Each of the last to play the position for Urban Meyer has thrived and gone on to the next level. With that success, recruiting pitches speak for themselves. The Buckeyes hope that to be true again, as they are in search for the next tight end to bring success to Ohio State.
Late Wednesday night, it was announced publicly by Will Mallory, via his Twitter account, that Ohio State was the latest to offer the stand-out product.
Blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University #Buckeyes @OhioStAthletics pic.twitter.com/XAr9drScKq— Will Mallory (@WillMallory_25) September 22, 2016
Mallory (Jacksonville, FL/ Providence) is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound four-star that boasts quite the impressive offer sheet. With over 20 offers to choose from, the Sunshine State product is certainly not new to the recruiting process.
With schools such as Alabama, USC, Wisconsin and Michigan in the mix, it's no secret what kind of caliber player Mallory can be. Currently, Mallory is ranked as the No. 11 tight end in the country for the 2018 class – and a top forty player in the talent rich state of Florida.
As of right now, the 247sports crystal ball predictions are in total favor of the Buckeyes arch rival, the Michigan Wolverines, but anything is possible in recruiting. Reason being for Michigan to be the favorite? Will's father, Mike, and two uncles all played for the Wolverines in the 1980s. Will is definitely a Wolverine fan, but Urban Meyer has had nothing but success when it comes to "The Team Up North".
Browning receives All-American honors
One of the remaining five-star targets Ohio State is chasing is Baron Browning (Kennedale, TX /Kennedale). The 6-foot-3, 230-pound monster linebacker is the No. 2 man at his position and the No. 3 best prospect overall in the state of Texas for 2017. The Buckeyes have their class full of five-star talents already, but would love to add Browning to the mix.
Yesterday, of the many accolades Browning is responsible for, none may be more meaningful than the presentation of the U.S. Army All-American jersey, a game that Browning will be playing in this coming January.
Honored to be a U.S Army All-American & represent my country and those who fight ! #AGTG #QuickTwitch pic.twitter.com/9BX1tOpfMP— Baron Browning (@baronbrwnng) September 22, 2016
Baron will already be enrolled at his school of choice before donning the U.S. jersey. With plans to announce this coming Nov. 29, the countdown is on. Ohio State may be the last school Browning sees as he plans to visit Columbus just three days before his final decision.
Coombs heads to the Mitten State
Of the incredible recruiters on the Ohio State staff, none may make the impression that cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs does. With his fiery attitude and intensity, it's hard to not want to play for Coombs and the Buckeyes. Yesterday, Coombs made his way north across the border as he was in the Detroit area, which is his main recruiting responsibility area besides his hometown Cincinnati.
Bye Week continues! Gr8 practice today & back on the road! Arrived in the Motor City to plant more flags! #reallyfertilegroundfortheBucks!— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) September 22, 2016
On his visit, Coombs stopped by to see current 2017 linebacker commit Antjuan Simmons of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, a school that is literally in Michigan's backyard. With his presence at Pioneer made clear, the relationships Coombs is creating with Michigan high schools is something to watch.
Coach Coombs is on a first name basis with every staff member in Pioneer!— Antjuan Simmons (@_antjuan_) September 22, 2016
Young Florida star likes OSU
The success Ohio State and Urban Meyer have had recruiting in Florida is something to take notice. With five-star prospects heading north to play for the Buckeyes at a rate faster than ever, it's no secret Meyer's presence in Florida is still heavy.
One product who may not be in contact with the Buckeyes yet, Keyvone Lee ( Clearwater, FL / Clearwater Academy International) is only a freshman, but is already turning heads to say the least. With offers from Eastern Kentucky and Iowa State coming this week alone, Lee's recruitment is about to take off.
Off-season 7-on-7 coach Bj Hall expressed to Land-Grant Holy Land Lee's interest and hopes to draw the attention of the elite programs such as Ohio State. With a freshman campaign as good as his already and three years of prep football still to be played, the sky is the limit for the young Keyvone Lee.