As the festivities surrounding the Under Armour All-American game come to a close, the remaining high school all-stars will participate in the Army All-American week, leading up the the game this Saturday. The game this week will be more intriguing for Buckeye fans as three times as many future Buckeyes chose to play in this week’s game over last weeks.
A total of nine Buckeye commits will be in attendance for the game. The majority of the future Buckeyes will be suiting up for the West team, including Baron Browning (Kennedale, TX / Kennedale), Wyatt Davis (Bellflower, CA / St. John Bosco), J.K. Dobbins (La Grange, TX / La Grange) and Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman high school) teammates Tyjon Lindsey, Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett.
The remaining three commits that will play for the East team include, Josh Myers (Miamisburg, OH / Miamisburg), Shaun Wade (Jacksonville, FL / Trinity Christian Academy) and Chase Young (Hyattsville, MD / DeMatha Catholic).
Despite a large list of commits attending the game, the Buckeyes also have multiple targets participating in this year’s game and the program is hopeful to end the week with more commits than it entered with.
The two biggest names for Buckeye Nation to follow are five-star defensive backs Darnay Holmes (Calabasas, CA / Calabasas) and Jeffrey Okudah (Grand Prairie, TX / South Grand Prairie). Seen as the top two DBs in the 2017 class, both are scheduled to announce their schools of choice during Saturday’s broadcast and there is a good chance the Buckeyes could land both.
Okudah has long been associated with the Buckeyes program and is considered a heavy lean to choose Ohio State. Okudah practiced on Monday and his play once again received plenty of recognition. Barton Simmons of 247Sports.com included Okudah as one of his top-ten performers, and called him “one of the most unique specimens at the corner position in this class.”
Okudah received plenty of attention from Ohio State as the regular season came to an end. He was in attendance for the Buckeyes double overtime victory over Michigan and received an in-home visit from Meyer just four days after the game.
Holmes is the other five-star DB the Buckeyes are in play for that is set to announce his collegiate decision this week. A one-time UCLA lean, the Buckeyes have emerged as a legit contender for Holmes after his official visit during the Ohio State-Michigan game.
Bill Kurelic of 247Sports caught up with Holmes after Monday’s practice and he continued to list Ohio State and UCLA among the top teams he is interested in. While the recruitment of Holmes is much less certain than that of Okudah’s, the Buckeyes have to like where they stand with him.
With three DBs already committed to this class, if Ohio State were to add even just one of either Okudah or Holmes, the haul at the position would set the Buckeyes up in the secondary for years to come.