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Former Ohio State LB target Payton Wilson decommits from UNC

Will the Buckeyes take another swing at locking him up now that he's uncommitted?


As the majority of us spent our Wednesday preparing for Thanksgiving, the Ohio State coaching staff was reminded of one thing: recruiting never stops.

Wilson back in play?

Back in February of this year, Ohio State set their sights on ‘18 LB Payton Wilson of Orange (NC) when they dropped an offer to the four-star prospect. The 6'4, 225-pounder even took an unofficial visit to the Buckeyes' campus in April and would ultimately place the Ohio State in his top four along with Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

However, in May, Wilson would announce his pledge to the local Tar Heels and their head coach Larry Fedora. After about five and a half months of being a member of the Carolina blue and white, Wilson backed off of that commitment on Wednesday. The decision comes fresh off of official visits to both NC State and Notre Dame.

Now, the question is, will Ohio State be back in the mix for the Hillsborough native? As of now, all indications are that Wilson is planning on making an official visit to the Buckeyes so it will be interesting to see where things go, if that visit ultimately does happen.

It is worth mentioning that along with Wilson, Ohio State is also still in pursuit of guys like Christopher Oats of Winton Woods (OH), USC commit Palaie Gaoteote of Bishop Gorman (NV), and Solomon Tuliaupupu of Mater Dei (CA) at the linebacker position. Among the players already committed to the Buckeyes this cycle that are expected to play at the linebacker spot at the next level are Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell, and K’Vaughan Pope.

New walk-on pledge

According to Mike Dyer of, Ohio State added a new walk-on commit on Wednesday as two-star defensive tackle Zaid Hamdan of William Mason (OH) pledged to the Buckeyes. The news was actually announced by Hamdan back on Sunday via his Twitter account.

From what we know, Hamdan, a 6'0, 263-pounder, acquired offers from Air Force, Army, Buffalo, and Navy throughout the recruiting process. However, he did reveal to Bill Greene of that he actually had north of 15 offers to his name a few days ago. Either way, the Comets standout determined that the opportunity to become a Buckeye and play in the Scarlet and Gray was too much to pass up.

To check out the newest Buckeye in action, look no further than below, courtesy of Hudl.

Ed’s note: Land-Grant Holy Land would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!