The college football regular season has come to an end and college football coaches and programs around the country that found themselves lucky enough to be playing in a post-season game will be focusing on ending the season strong. With just one or two games remaining to prepare for, coaches will find themselves with extra time to dedicate to recruiting.
Along these lines, the 2018 recruiting cycle is winding down and the Ohio State coaching staff is working on the finishing touches for its top-rated class. The entire Ohio State coaching staff hit the recruiting trail on Monday in efforts to finish the year strong but also to work on the future.
Coach Meyer and his staff are great at recognizing talent early in the recruiting process, giving them a head start in building relationships with blue-chip prospects. The Buckeyes are hoping this holds true as they presented an elite 2019 wide receiver prospect with a scholarship offer Monday afternoon.
David Bell (Indianapolis, IN/Warren Central) might be a familiar name to those who follow Ohio State recruiting. The four-star WR attended the Buckeyes’ annual Friday Night Lights camp this past summer and the team hosted him on an unofficial visit in March of this year.
While Bell has found himself on Ohio State’s campus numerous times, he had yet to receive an official scholarship offer until yesterday.
Bell just completed his junior season of high school football but has already shown enough to garner attention from some of the best schools in the country. His impressive offer list now includes 13 schools, including Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Louisville, Cincinnati, and now Ohio State.
The 6'2, 185-pound receiver is viewed as the No. 1 recruit from the Hoosier State, the No. 12 WR in the class and the No. 63 overall prospect despite position, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The Buckeyes have only secured a commitment from one WR in their 2018 class in four-star L’Christian “Blue” Smith and are viewed as the leader for four-star WR Kamryn Babb, the top WR on their big board.
However, Smith projects as more of an H-back rather than a true WR, so the Buckeye coaching staff will likely make the WR position a priority next year, and with the recent offer to Bell, they are off to a great start.
5-star CB target has new commitment date
Five-star CB Anthony Cook’s (Houston, TX/Lamar) recruiting process has been a roller coaster ride.
For much of his recruitment, it was expected that Ohio State would be the school of choice when it was all said and done. However, in the past few months both Texas and LSU have increased their efforts in courting him, and in turn have increased their chances at landing the prospect.
The elite level CB was scheduled to announce his decision back in October, but following official visits to all three schools, he decided to delay his decision date until he had made up his mind.
It appears however, that Cook has now landed on a new date, as ESPN’s National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton is reporting sources from Cook’s high school have confirmed he will now be announcing Dec. 20.
As was previously mentioned, Cook at one point appeared to favor Ohio State, but since then the momentum in his recruitment has swayed in Texas’ favor. It appears that Cook will be committing to Texas as 87 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions now favor the Longhorns.
The Buckeyes aren’t out of it yet, and hope a late attempt in swaying him towards continuing his football career in Columbus pays off, as Buckeye assistant coach Kerry Coombs visited the elite recruit Monday.
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Will it be enough? Make sure to continue following Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest on Cook’s situation and all things Ohio State recruiting.
Ohio State reportedly offers 4-star DE
The aforementioned Bell was not the only 2019 prospect Ohio State offered a scholarship Monday, as the school has reportedly offered defensive end Derrick McLendon (Tucker, GA/Tucker). The move was first reported by Chad Simmons of Rivals.com and looks to have been later confirmed by McLendon himself.
The four-star DE is currently slotted as the No. 16 weak-side DE in his class, the No. 28 recruit from Georgia, and is No. 246 overall. However, despite the lower rankings, McLendon has already built an impressive offer sheet.
Along with Ohio State, McLendon holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Michigan State, Oregon, Cincinnati, and several others.
Ohio State will need to quickly put in work with McLendon as they certainly have their hands full in the competition for the Peach State prospect. Alabama looks to be the early favorite as McLendon has spent more time on the Crimson Tide’s campus than any other. McLendon has also said that Alabama is his top school. However, all of that predates his Ohio State offer so nothing is a done deal.
- Ohio State may not have a game to play this weekend but that doesn’t mean official visits are over. DE prospect Casey Rogers (Avon, CT/Old Farms) will be in Columbus this weekend and will then travel to Alabama the following week.
- Rivals.com released their updated recruiting rankings and Ohio State safety commit Jaiden Woodbey (Bellflower, CA/St. John Bosco) saw the biggest increase of any Buckeye commit, jumping to No. 26 overall and earning that fifth and final star.
- Urban Meyer hit the recruiting trail Monday to visit Ohio State verbal commits. The visits included four-star RB commit Master Teague and four-star OT commit Max Wray.
- Could an Ohio State four-star DB target be making a decision soon?
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