Ohio State fans around the country could use some more good news after the loss to Clemson last Saturday in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The good news may be coming soon. How soon you ask? As soon as tomorrow at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio where it looks as if the Buckeyes could see one or two commitments from a couple of the nation’s top remaining prospects. Good news has been flowing through the Columbus, Ohio air over the week with announcements from players returning, coaches filling roles and more may be coming — so hold steady Buckeye Nation, the future is bright in Columbus.
Oh look, OSU commits continue to shine
The Army All-American game will see a whole host of future Buckeyes tomorrow for the East-West match-up, but throughout the week at practice, the current Ohio State commits seemed to be near the spot light at all times. Which of course is completely understandable considering the players headed to and potentially headed to Columbus for 2017.
The future of @OhioStateFB will be on display in the #ArmyBowl on Jan.7!— GoArmy (@GoArmy) January 4, 2017
WATCH @TheTateMartell and eight other #GoBucks commits in action. pic.twitter.com/PU6V7SWKKv
Two of the future Bucks to garner serious attention as usual were none other than defensive back commit, Shaun Wade and quarterback commit, Tate Martell. Two household names for sure, the defensive and offensive players of the year respectively have shown just why they are deserving of their many prestigious awards.
2017 USA Today ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year DB @shaunwade2017 and Offensive Player of the Year QB @TheTateMartell #ArmyBowl @amfam pic.twitter.com/5hlW1tvvJR— #ArmyBowl (@ArmyAllAmerican) January 5, 2017
More names to impress yesterday in practice were current offensive lineman commit, Wyatt Davis. Davis, a five-star and the top overall guard in the country for 2017 has looked great throughout the week, according to multiple reports. His size is impressive, — at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds — but his quickness and mechanics are showing why he is a top prospect at any position in all of the country. Ohio State certainly knows what they’re getting in Davis.
Going through clips shot this week at @ArmyAllAmerican and @wyattdavis53 might be my favorite player to watch at the event. Just dominant.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) January 5, 2017
The clock is ticking
Tomorrow, prospects Jeffrey Okudah and Darnay Holmes will make their final decisions on where they will play their college football. For Ohio State fans, there’s been confidence that Okudah will be making the Buckeyes his selection. Forever, it seems, Okudah has had the Buckeyes near or at the top of his list, and rumors such as current OSU commits having him as their roommate hasn’t hurt Ohio State’s chances, either. However, Okudah has played the game and has made it his priority to not tip his cap to any such school leading up to a suspenseful decision come fourth quarter of tomorrow’s Army All-American game.
The wait however will be over soon and rest easy Buckeye recruiting nuts, Okudah, barring a total surprise should be selecting the Buckeyes when he choose from the three hats.
5* DB @TheJeffOkudah says he expects to announce in the fourth quarter of the Army Bowl on Saturday. Down to FSU, Oklahoma, and #Buckeyes— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) January 5, 2017
Holmes on the other hand has been somewhat of a roller coaster recruitment. For the past month it seemed as if the Buckeyes had overtaken the home-state UCLA Bruins as the leader for Holmes, but as the decision gets closer and closer, the final class for Darnay seems as cloudy as ever.
Reports started coming in last night that the Holmes family was in a little bit of disagreement on the school of choice making it anyone’s guess as to a final call. However, maybe some light was shed as landof10.com’s Jeremy Birmingham was able to give a little information on the situation in his article last night. While we don’t know anything for a fact, we do know the Buckeyes are one of the final schools for Holmes and still feel good about where they stand.
Family of Darnay Holmes stressed, excited, not in agreement ahead of Sat. decision (VIP): https://t.co/KxINe8zQ3M #Huskers #USC #OSU #UCLA pic.twitter.com/b2UprXCYqV— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) January 5, 2017
Another fourth quarter decision, Holmes will join Okudah in announcing and if all goes well, Ohio State may just be able to land not only back to back pledges, but the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked cornerbacks in the country. An impressive haul doesn’t even begin to explain what the Buckeyes may just be able to pull in 2017.
Help is on the way?
Sometimes, it feel like it’s said too much, but Ohio State is virtually loaded in the 2017 class at literally any and every position you can think of. One of those positions: wide receiver. While the position may grow in the near future for the 2017 class, current OSU pledge Trevon Grimes is still a top receiver in the country and a jewel in the Ohio State recruiting class.
Yesterday, in an article with Cleveland.com, Grimes shed some light on his ACL injury recovery and how he may be a help to the Buckeyes’ passing game as a serious deep threat when he gets acclimated with the college level.
Trevon Grimes opens up about Ohio State's offense, his recovery from ACL surgery https://t.co/SoDvoEjTZA— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) January 5, 2017
It’s no secret the success Grimes has had in his prep career and while the 2014 and 2015 Buckeye squads had deep threats like Devin Smith and Michael Thomas to haul in long-balls from J.T. Barrett, the 2016 squad truly missed the deep-threat receiver it so desperately needed. Fortunately, OSU receiver coach Zach Smith and Trevon himself, feel he can (and will) help bring back the deep ball to Ohio State’s offense when he gets to Columbus.