As we hit hump day, we’re just a few short days away from the Ohio State Buckeyes taking the field again inside Ohio Stadium. With the Maryland Terrapins coming to town for a 4 p.m. contest, the Buckeyes have an up-and-coming program on their slate this homecoming weekend.
That game is on Saturday, though. Recruiting, on the other hand, never stops. One in-state prospect accepted a preferred walk-on spot, while another made his preferred walk-on offer known on social media. But before we reach those two, a four-star athlete talked about returning for an OSU visit.
The New Jersey Rocket coming back to Columbus?
Ronnie Hickman, a four-star athlete from New Jersey, already has an offer from Ohio State. According to an article by Bill Kurelic of 247sports, his father says they are trying to make their way from New Jersey for a Saturday game in The ‘Shoe. Hickman has made one trip to Columbus for the spring game.
A member of the 2019 recruiting class, Hickman is graded as the second-best prospect in the Garden State, according to 247sports. Additionally, the 247sports composite has the 6'1 native of Wayne, N.J., as the seventh-best athlete in his class.
Ohio State has some stiff competition for the athlete, as the likes of Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, and Boston College have already made offers. While 2019 National Signing Day is a ways away, creating the rapport now is paramount.
Good news, though: According to that article from Kurelic, Ohio State has been a school that Hickman has liked since “he was little.”
We’ll keep you posted on any updates with Hickman and the return visit to Ohio State.
Like father, like son
Cade Kacherski (Dublin, OH/Dublin Jerome) was the one to accept the preferred walk-on role with the team. Kacherski is a linebacker, and stands at 6'3, 190 pounds; he is also slated as a member of the 2018 class, according to MaxPreps.
This season, Dublin Jerome is off to a 4-2 (3-0 conference) start, and are fresh off a 33-32 win against Thomas Worthington.
Kacherski won’t be the first in his family to spend his time at Ohio State. His father, John Kacherski, played for the Buckeyes from 1987-1991, according to 247sports. In 1991, with John Cooper as the coach, John played in 13 games as a linebacker and recorded one interception, according to sportsreference.com.
After Ohio State, the elder Kacherski had a short stint in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.
Now with Urban Meyer as the coach, will the younger Kacherski work his way up to the NFL like his father? Only time will tell.
A Buckeye offer
The other Ohio product to pick up a preferred walk-on spot with the Buckeyes is 2018 prospect Jack Jamieson. Jamieson, a center/guard, comes from Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School.
Jamieson divulged on Twitter that he had a preferred walk-on offer.
Very excited to say that I have received a preferred walk-on offer to The Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/xVQv17I1Lv— Jack Jamieson (@JackJamieson16) October 2, 2017
With the help of the 6'2, 285-pound senior, St. Ignatius is off to a 6-0 start to their season. According to MaxPreps, they are the second-best team in the state of Ohio.
You can check out highlight clips of Jamieson at MaxPreps by clicking here.
Locke to Florida
As mentioned in yesterday’s recruiting roundup from Dan Hessler, four-star shooting guard Noah Locke made his decision on Tuesday evening on where he will be taking his talents to for college basketball.
The Owings Mills, Md., native made his decision: the Florida Gators.
While Ohio State did make an offer to the SG, they were an outsider. Florida and Michigan were two of the main contenders to get the commitment from Locke, and as mentioned, Gainesville, Fla., will be where Locke spends his time on the college circuit.