Alrighty, we’ve hit Wednesday. We’re getting closer and closer to the colossal matchup in Ohio Stadium between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions.
The alternate jersey/uniform pics have been released out on the web—and you can buy your jersey here through Fanatics.
Even though this is OSU’s biggest conference game so far this season, there’s other things happening, too. (With recruiting being that big thing.)
Let’s take a look and roundup the latest news on the recruiting front, and see what the future holds for Buckeye football.
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Good news—let’s start with that first.
Ohio State will be getting a visit this weekend from four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker. Walker, who comes from North Point High School in Waldorf, MD, is ranked No. 6 in the Old Line State, according to the 247sports composite.
Walker tweeted about making the trip to Columbus on Oct. 23.
Columbus this Weekend ⭕️HI⭕️— Rasheed Walker (@Cinc0Tre5) October 24, 2017
Selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Walker would be a huge get for any program in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) is a hotbed for football talent. Already, Walker has offers from Maryland, Penn State, and Ohio State. According to his 247sports profile page, the 6'6, 300-pound tackle made unofficial visits to PSU back in May and July.
Since the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have both made offers, it's a perfect trip for Walker to make. 247sports has Larry Johnson leading the recruitment of Walker—and that makes plenty of sense. Johnson coached at the high school in the same county that North Point sits in. Back in 1974, Johnson was an assistant coach at Lackey HS; from 1975-1991, he was the head coach at McDonough, and won three state championships.
Having a Charles County coaching legend recruit a top Charles County prospect may play a big role in how this recruitment plays out.
(Fun fact: a product of the Charles County public school system wrote this story!)
A four-star making the trek to Columbus was the good news. Ready for the not so good news?
Five-star weak-side defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA/Harrisburg) will be visiting Oklahoma this weekend. Parsons made it known that he was visiting Norman with a Stranger Things themed tweet.
Oklahoma here I come #BoomerSooner #Sooners #OU pic.twitter.com/KsdwLmhfcY— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) October 25, 2017
The recruitment for Parsons has been a roller coaster. Back in July, he attended the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State, and then took an official visit on Sept. 9, the day of the OU game. (Yesterday, our own Dan Hessler wrote a little synopsis on Parsons in the recruiting roundup.)
It seemed like the Buckeyes were the program that would get the commitment of Parsons, but Penn State, Nebraska, and Oklahoma have all jostled for position for the standout DE. A member of the 2018 class, Parsons is ranked as the best WDE, the best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania, and the fifth-best overall prospect in the class, according to the 247sports composite.
While he’s taking a visit to the Sooners, the 247sports crystal ball has Penn State as the favorite right now with 82 percent of the votes.