Ohio State is on the prowl once again. With a very busy week, Urban Meyer and his staff have been all over the country again as they have sent out offers to several 2018 prospects in hopes to bring the top talent from around the country to Columbus, Ohio. With in-state Ohio prospects of serious importance in 2018, Meyer and Co. may have to be selective in their potential commits as 2018’s class is starting to look similar to the star-studded class of 2017.
Wynn for the win?
The Buckeyes made their presence known at the prestigious Florida IMG Academy in the 2017 class when they signed Marcus Williamson and Isaiah Pryor. However, with the talent that flocks to IMG each year now, the 2017 class alone won’t satisfy the Ohio State football staff.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes went back to IMG Academy and extended their latest offer to 2018 defensive end prospect Stephon Wynn. Listed at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Wynn is currently No. 5 at his position and the 88th best player at any position in the 2018 class, according to 247sports.com.
While Clemson is the runaway favorite to land Wynn at the moment, being that he is originally from Anderson, S.C., a Buckeye offer certainly isn’t one that he will just shrug off. As things stand right now, Wynn holds offers from 25 schools including the likes of Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Miami (FL).
If Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson want to pull roots from the South once again, they’ll have to fight against an all too well-known opponent they’ve seen on and off the field.
Could OSU be next for Thomas?
Ohio State currently has a four-star running back already committed in their 2018 class with Florida’s Brian Snead, but the 2018 class looks to almost assuredly be hauling in at least two at the position, since 2017 only saw J.K. Dobbins sign on the dotted line to be part of the Buckeye backfield.
With a loaded state of Ohio, and the Buckeyes being well liked by many of the nation’s top backs, Meyer and running back coach Tony Alford have a good problem to have. However, Urban recently made it clear that the state of Ohio would see more of an importance in his 2018 class—and rightfully so. The in-state 2018 Ohio kids are as talented as they come and the Buckeyes certainly want to keep a firm grasp on their borders.
Yesterday, in-state running back Tavion Thomas (Dayton, OH / Dunbar) saw not one, but two SEC offers from powers Alabama and Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound back is the No. 30 best back in the country and the 22nd best prospect in Ohio for 2018.
Rushing for over 1,600 yards as a junior, Thomas has been turning heads for quite some time, but yesterday may have got the ball rolling as fast as it can.
Set to make the short to trip to Columbus and visit Ohio State this weekend (and arriving tomorrow), many are beginning to wonder if the Buckeyes will be true to their word and also follow suit in offering the in-state star. Again, the Buckeyes already have a running back pledge and are high on many more guys, but when perennial powers such as the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are trying to poach right from your backyard, something has to be done. Time will tell if the Buckeyes are interested in Thomas, but that news could come very soon as Tavion will be on campus in just a few short hours.
Clement in town today
The Buckeyes know better than anybody what no time off means, as this weekend is set to be another larger recruiting weekend when a whole slew of recruits head to Columbus. The weekend gets going today when New Jersey prospect Iverson Clement comes to town.
Listed as an athlete in the 2018 class, Clement is the 25th best at his position and the seventh best in the state of New Jersey, according to 247sports. Before making his visit to Ohio State, Clement was in rival territory visiting both Michigan and Michigan State. Coming away with a Spartan offer, the New Jersey native now has 15 offers including one from the Buckeyes.
Truly blessed to receive an offer from Michigan State University All glory be to God Let's go Spartans pic.twitter.com/MS328yNk0S— Iverson Clement (@Swaggy__ai) February 16, 2017
While many have expressed to Buckeye fans to be on commitment watch considering Clement, the 247sports crystal ball has Ohio State in total favor of the predications. With it still very early in the process, Ohio State may have Clement wait out his decision, but if a decision is coming as soon as this weekend, the Buckeyes are certainly in great shape to add the four-star athlete to their 2018 class.