Urban Meyer has become notorious for flipping recruits that have verbally committed elsewhere. Year after year, the Buckeyes are able to get at least one recruit to rethink his commitment and choose Ohio State. As we get further into this year’s recruiting cycle, a few names are starting to stand out among those who could flip to Meyer and the Buckeyes.
One of those names is Walker Culver (Chattanooga, TN/Baylor School,) a three-star offensive tackle already committed to Colorado.
Culver committed to the Buffs exactly one year ago today but has since been courted by multiple other programs. The blue chip prospect has had an impressive senior year which has resulted in bigger name programs taking notice. In the last year, Culver has added offers to that list from schools like Auburn, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, and now Ohio State, likely the biggest name of the bunch.
Culver visited Ohio State this past weekend for the Buckeyes' game versus Illinois and the visit appears to have gone as smooth as possible, as the Ohio State coaching staff presented him with an official scholarship offer following the visit.
Awesome weekend in Columbus! Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer and the rest of the @OhioStateFB staff for an incredible visit. Honored to say I received an offer from Ohio State Today #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/eM5Eh9O64p— Walker Culver (@WalkerCulver58) November 20, 2017
So what does this mean?
Ohio State has secured verbal commitments from two offensive linemen in this year’s class with four-star OG Matthew Jones and four-star OT Max Wray. However, Meyer is always looking to add more depth to the o-line, as marquee games are usually won in the trenches.
The Buckeyes are viewed as the leader in the race for five-star OT Jackson Carman but it appears that Meyer wants to add at least two more offensive linemen.
Following Culver’s visit, the Buckeyes seem to be the front-runner to land the three-star as the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions all favor the Buckeyes. Culver has yet to take an official visit so he may try and use one on both Colorado and Ohio State before making any changes in his recruitment.
As is stands today, Culver is still committed to Colorado, but when Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes take notice, it is impossible to ignore.
Ohio State gains ground with a 4-star safety
Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class is starting to take shape and one of the areas the coaching staff is focusing on is the secondary.
The Buckeyes already hold commitments from four-star safeties Jaiden Woodbey and Josh Proctor, and while adding one more may make the position appear crowded, Meyer will always find room for an elite prospect.
He might be tasked with that as the program appears to be gaining ground on four-star S Tyreke Johnson (Jacksonville, FL/Trinity Christian Academy).
Johnson is viewed as one of the top safeties in the class. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 4 safety in the class and the No. 38 overall prospect. Because of this, Ohio State has plenty of competition in recruiting him as Clemson, Georgia, UCLA, Florida State, Miami, and Florida are all giving him attention.
It appears that one of those teams may have dropped off the above list as UCLA decided to move on from head coach Jim Mora. Johnson didn’t seem too pleased with yesterday’s move, taking to Twitter to express his feelings.
With UCLA seemingly out of the picture, Ohio State’s biggest threat appears to be Clemson. However, Johnson officially visited the Tigers this past weekend and while the visit reportedly went well, the overwhelming feeling following the visit is that Ohio State is the front-runner—so much so that five recruiting experts have penciled the Buckeyes in as their Crystal Ball Prediction on 247Sports since the visit ended.
The Buckeyes have seen two four-star CB recruits commit elsewhere in the last month, and with five-star CB Anthony Cook reportedly leaning towards selecting Texas as his collegiate school of choice, Ohio State will be looking at a back-up plan. That may be adding another elite DB to the class and having one of them switch positions at the next level. Adding to this theory is that Johnson has stated he wants to play CB in college.
Johnson now appears to be atop Ohio State’s big board at the CB position and the excitement between the two is for real. He has yet to reveal an announcement date, but one could come at the U.S. All-American game.