Maryland, Florida standouts heading to the 614
We are just a few days away from Ohio State's contest against Penn State on Saturday, one with serious playoff implications. As expected, the list of recruits planning to be on hand for the battle with the Nittany Lions was already borderline ridiculous and on Wednesday, that tally got even more impressive.
Class of '20 defensive end Bryan Bresee of Damascus (MD) revealed on Twitter that he will be making the trip up from Maryland to take in the game inside raucous Ohio Stadium.
While Bresee has plenty of time before he ultimately has to figure out where he wants to play at the next level, getting the 6'4, 260-pounder on campus is a major deal. Bresee is undoubtedly headed towards being one of, if not the very best player in his class.
Bresee has already acquired 20 offers to date and the programs included are definitely major ones. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, and the Buckeyes are just a few programs who have already offered and begun their respective pursuits of the highly skilled defensive end.
Also expected, according to Andrew Lind of Eleven Warriors, is '18 safety Tyreke Johnson of Trinity Christian Academy (FL). Obviously, this is a name that Ohio State has long pursued but hasn't gained much traction thus far despite the Buckeyes having a former teammate in Shaun Wade already in the program.
It will be interesting to see what the weekend visit does for the two parties. Johnson is a fringe five-star prospect and one thing is for sure, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer likes those.
Johnson, the 38th overall player in the class, will be making his first stop to the campus since June of 2016, where he participated in one of the Buckeyes' camps.
As of now, Georgia is the projected landing spot for Johnson. However, the Clemson Tigers seemed to have the momentum in this race for highly-touted safety. We will see if the Buckeyes have the time to make up some ground and put themselves squarely in the mix for the 6'1, 191-pounder from the Sunshine State.
Gant, Nester returning to Ohio State
As far as current commits go, Ohio State will host a good amount of them on Saturday. On Wednesday, we got news that two current Buckeye pledges will also make the stop to take in the Big Ten contest.
For this year's class, '18 linebacker Dallas Gant of St. John's Jesuit (OH) will be making the short trip down to Columbus. The last reported visit that Gant made to Ohio State was in July. However, it wouldn't be farfetched to say that Gant could have made more recent stops with how close he lives to the campus.
Switching gears to next year's class, '19 offensive tackle Doug Nester of Spring Valley (WV) is also expected to be roaming the sidelines of Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Nester, who has been committed to the Buckeyes since August, will be back for the first time since his July stop, when he participated in the annual Friday Night Lights extravaganza.
For Ohio State, having prospects already in the fold on campus this Saturday is a major deal. It will allow those commits to make pitches to the uncommitted talent that will also be on hand.