Though they've already racked up 18 verbal pledges, Urban Meyer, Ryan Day, Larry Johnson, Greg Schiano, and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff are still hitting the recruiting trail hard trying to finish the Buckeyes' class of 2018 off strong.
Before the Buckeyes mixed it up with Maryland on Saturday, Ohio State quarterback coach Ryan Day started his morning off by dishing out a scholarship offer to one of the top wide receiver recruits on the west coast.
“I've been talking to OSU for about a month now. I got a text after my game on Friday from Coach Day saying "call me in the AM. We have great news!!!" I was excited so I called in the morning and they offered me. Coach Day is the one that offered, they said they want to get me on an official during the season and they're excited about me,” Chris Olave told Land-Grant Holy Land. Olave is a three-star prospect from Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California
Sitting out his junior campaign due to transfer rules, Olave has bounced back to put together quite an impressive senior season so far. After hauling in 41 receptions for 930 yards and 14 touchdowns, colleges are starting to take notice of him.
While programs such as Boise State, BYU, Utah, and Washington State might’ve offered the 6’0, 160-pound playmaker before the Buckeyes, Olave is definitely intrigued with what the Buckeyes have to offer.
“This offer is unreal. Growing up watching college football, Ohio State was always a powerhouse and still is. Knowing I have an offer from one of the top programs in the nation is unbelievable. This offer means a lot for my recruitment, they're definitely one of my top schools from here on out and I'll take a deep look into OSU,” he said.
Olathe is currently ranked as the 217th wide receiver and 1,462nd overall prospect in the 2018 class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Yet to make it up to Columbus for a visit, Olave will soon change that, as he plans to be on campus on November 11, when the Buckeyes take on the Michigan State Spartans.
Local LB visits OSU
Just like every other home game this season, the Ohio State coaching staff had a decent amount of high school prospects on campus to watch the Buckeyes in action on Saturday.
One of the recruits to take in the Buckeyes' runaway victory over the Terrapins of Maryland was Reynoldsburg class of 2019 outside linebacker Dezman Cooper.
Making the short round trip to the Ohio State campus in the past, Cooper had a great time in Ohio Stadium once again on Saturday.
“It was good. The few things that stood out [were] the atmosphere and the intensity of the game,” the 6’2, 215-pound junior told Land-Grant Holy Land.
Cooper, a three-star rated prospect, holds an early scholarship offer from the Miami RedHawks. Receiving interest from a number of solid programs, Ohio State won’t be his last college visit this season.
Planning a busy next few weeks, Cooper will check out Indiana (10/14), Cincinnati (10/21), Kentucky (10/28) and Purdue (11/4) soon.
- Ohio State offered 2019 defensive end/offensive tackle Bill Norton on Saturday. A four-star prospect from Memphis, Tennessee, Norton adds the Buckeyes to a scholarship list that already consisted of Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, and others.
- 2018 four-star shooting guard Will Richardson officially visited Ohio State over the weekend. The Georgia native, who now attends Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is considering programs such as OSU, Georgia, Oregon, and Gonzaga.