With National Signing Day 2017 fast approaching, the Ohio State staff hasn’t wasted any of their time. Whether it being on the road to see current 2017 commits, making their pitches to anyone and everyone, or pulling out all the stops during in-home visits with five-stars yet to be decided on their college of choice, it’s easy to see the time is ticking downward fast until the 2017 class is all but cemented and it’s off to 2018 and 2019. Speaking of future classes, while being on the road for immediate incoming players, the staff has also been able to leave a Scarlet and Gray trail as they continue offering some the younger top talent in the country. 2017 may be getting closer to the finish line, but for Ohio State, that just means a head start to 2018 and beyond.
Eagles’ wings headed for Zone 6?
Ohio State has been able to hold fort in the Lone Star State with their pick-ups in the 2017 class. Their presence in Texas has been easily the best outside of any Texas school and Urban Meyer sure looks to keep it that way. With so much talent available, who could blame him? As recent as Wednesday, that Texas to Ohio connection may have struck another chord as the Buckeyes handed out another offer.
Making a stop in Houston, Ohio State took their time in meeting and offering Brennan Eagles. A 2018 four-star receiver prospect, Eagles boasts 18 current scholarship offers. With his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, it’s no surprise to see schools such as Georgia, Auburn, USC, Texas and Oklahoma throw their hat into the ring for Brennan.
This is crazy man!!, just received my 3rd Big 10 offer and offer #18 from THE Ohio State University ⚪️⚫️ ️ . #Zone6 #WRU pic.twitter.com/qFLTBONdOv— Brennan Eagles (@_BrennanEagles_) January 26, 2017
Ranking as No. 16 receiver in the 2018 class and the No. 11 best prospect overall in Texas, Eagles will certainly be one to keep an eye on as even more top programs begin to hover around the Houston native. There may be no clear leader at the time for Eagles, but with Ohio State in the mix and their recent track record of sending receivers to the NFL, Eagles will certainly give the Buckeyes his full attention.
Hall receives OSU offer
As much success as the Buckeyes have had at sending talent to the NFL recently, no position has done better at that then the defensive backs unit. The talent and development that is taking place in the Silver Bullets secondary is truly amazing. Part of that is recruiting to find the next pieces to the successful puzzle and yesterday could have been another link in that chain.
Truly Blessed and honored to receive a(n) offer from Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/S4uU7gsEsv— Gurvan Hall (@gurvanhall6) January 26, 2017
Gurvan Hall (West Palm Beach, FL / Palm Beach Lakes) is a four-star safety prospect and is the latest recipient of an Ohio State offer. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Hall has the size Ohio State loves in their defensive backfield. A 2018 prospect, Hall is currently ranked as the No. 21 best safety in the country and No. 43 overall prospect in the Sunshine State.
While his ranking may not be as high as some may think, Hall’s offer list speaks for itself, as he currently holds 26 offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida. With that resume, it’s pretty convincing that the next 247sports ranking update may see a serious shift upwards for Gurvan Hall.
The Buckeyes may have a little later timing than other programs after Hall, but with their track record of sending defensive backs to the NFL at a record pace, Hall will certainly be listening to what Ohio State has to say.
Big time visitor headed to Columbus
Speaking of the safety position, Ohio State brings in loads of talent for 2017 and 2018 may just keep up with the trend. This weekend, Ohio State is set to host easily one of their top overall targets for 2018 in Jaiden Woodbey. Woodbey, a four-star out of St. John Bosco (Calif.) has been linked to the Buckeyes ever since he received his offer last June, but since then, it’s been a roller-coaster of events trying to get him on campus for a visit.
However, a visit from Coach Studrawa last week looks to have been successful as Jaiden took to Twitter to let everyone know he was headed to Columbus this weekend for an unofficial visit with the Buckeyes. A huge visit nonetheless, Woodbey is currently ranked as the No. 3 safety in the 2018 class and the No. 4 overall player in a talent-rich California.
‼️PSA ‼️— I AM JAIDEN WOODBEY™ (@JaidenWoodbey6) January 26, 2017
Unofficial to Ohio State this week ‼️ #Zone6
Ohio State may not be the clear-cut favorite to land Woodbey, but they are more than certainly in the mix for the four-star, as Woodbey himself placed the Buckeyes in his final four schools he is considering. Coach Meyer and Ohio State may have a little ground to make up on the home team, USC, but this weekend will certainly play a big role in things on the Woodbey front moving forward.
Top tight-end set to see Ohio State
As Ohio State is set to host one of their bigger recruiting dates in this short year already, the Buckeyes received good news again yesterday that their top tight end target, Jeremy Ruckert, would be in town for the Ohio State Junior Day weekend when he made the announcement via his Twitter account.
I'll be back in Columbus this weekend.. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/xSGOWW1ykv— Jeremy Ruckert (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) January 26, 2017
Ruckert is no new name to Ohio State recruiting, but he is currently ranked as the No. 3 TE in the country for the 2018 class and is also the second best prospect at any position in New York. Standing at just under 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Ruckert not only has the size to be a great blocking tight end, but has demonstrated time and time again that he also possesses the key abilities in being a superior pass-catching tight end at the next level.
As thing sit currently, the Buckeyes own every prediction on the 247sports crystal ball, but there’s still some time before a final decision is made. Luckily, this weekend will once again be a chance for Ohio State to deepen their relationship, but may also be a chance to solidify their place as Ruckert’s current leader.
A visit to Utah
While the Buckeyes were sending out offers, they were also on the road trying to get offerees to sign on the dotted line. Big-time Utah target Jay Tufele (South Jordan, UT / Bingham) got the in-home visit treatment by Meyer and Larry Johnson.
It was an honor to have @OSUCoachMeyer and @R2X_Rushmen1 over to the house!! #GOBUCKS #greatness pic.twitter.com/K3sbfforn9— Jay Tufele (@tufele123) January 27, 2017
The coaches have good reason to make the trip to Utah, as Tufele is considered the No. 3 DT in the country and No. 1 player in Utah for the 2017 class, according to 247sports. Also, Ohio State is running into stiff competition for Tufele; name brand institutions Michigan, BYU, USC and Utah are in Tufele’s top five.
As the clock ticks closer to signing day, we get closer to finding out where Tufele will end up going. Stick with Land-Grant Holy Land, as we’ll update you on Tufele watch.