As the Buckeyes’ No. 1 overall recruiting class shapes up in 2017, the coaching staff at Ohio State has begun to shift its focus towards 2018. With two offensive commits already, in five-star quarterback Emory Jones (Franklin, GA / Heard County) and four-star running back Brian Snead (Seffner, FL / Armwood), it appears the Buckeyes are looking to add some playmakers on the outside as well. Jahan Dotson (Highstown, NJ / The Peddie School) could be one of them.
Dotson is one of the highest-regarded wideouts in the 2018 class. The four-star garnered a lot of attention this past summer, receiving offers from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Michigan State and Rutgers all in a five-day span.
Currently rated as the No. 7 WR in 2018 and the No. 53 overall player by 247Sports, Dotson will likely continue racking up scholarship offers from programs across the country in his next two seasons of high school football. Because of this, Ohio State seems to be going all-in on the elite wideout.
Dotson spoke with Ryan Bartow of 247Sports this past weekend and the two discussed the programs he is most interested in. Dotson had plenty of good things to say about the Buckeyes, including that Ohio State is the program he talks to most.
Along with the Buckeyes, Dotson listed Tennessee and Clemson as the two programs right behind Ohio State in terms of how often he communicates with them.
In his sophomore season with The Peddie School, the 6-foot, 160 pound pass-catcher posted 1,179 receiving yards to go along with 16 TDs. The athletic wideout showed a knack for getting open and has shown elite hands. He is not the fastest receiver, but he makes up for that with his footwork, allowing him to get by defenders in the open field.
Expect the Buckeyes to continue to pursue Dotson deep into his recruitment.
Ohio State competing with Maryland for 4-star OT
Urban Meyer is known as one of the best recruiters in all of college football, let alone the Big Ten. However, it seems that despite Meyer’s elite prestige, he will be competing with an in-conference opponent for a 4-star OT.
Rasheed Walker (Waldorf, MD / North Point) is a Maryland native, so the Terrapins will likely be in contention for his commitment throughout his entire recruiting process. However, this hasn’t kept Meyer from trying to steal the talented offensive lineman from his hometown state. For Walker, receiving an offer from the Buckeyes seemed to have made a big impression on him.
Walker spoke with Ryan Bartow of 247Sports and had plenty of high praises for the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-5 280-pound lineman told Bartow that Maryland has a slight edge over the Buckeyes, but with two seasons of high school football still to play, nothing is set in stone. Walker has taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State and recently received a scholarship offer from Florida.
Additionally, Walker told Bartow that he would like to earn offers to play for Florida State, Miami and Tennessee as well.
This isn’t the first time Ohio State has made an offer to a player from Southern Maryland’s North Point High School. Back in 2011, linebacker Connor Crowell received an offer from the Buckeyes – and signed his Letter of Intent to play for the scarlet and gray.
Top-rated LB likes Ohio State and Maryland
Rasheed Walker isn’t the only recruit Ohio State is competing with Maryland for, as the two schools are both showing plenty of attention to the No. 1 LB of the 2019 class early on.
Shane Lee (Washington D.C. / St. John’s College HS) may have only just started his sophomore season of high school football, but he is already projected to be an elite talent. The 6-foot, 240 pound ‘backer is looked upon as the No. 1 linebacker in his class and 247Sports currently has him listed as one of the top 25 players overall.
Lee spoke with Ryan Bartow of 247Sports recently, and listed both Ohio State and Maryland as the top two contenders for his services, with the Terrapins having a slight edge over the Buckeyes. Along with these two Big Ten programs, Lee has already racked up eight offers from programs like Michigan, North Carolina, Florida and West Virginia.
One last thing of note is that when asked about his impression of the culture at Ohio State after visiting the school over the summer, he compared it to, “football heaven.”