Before you can become an All-American or hear your name get called during the NFL Draft you first have to earn a scholarship offer from a college football program.
Over the weekend a trio of top prospects from the class of 2018 received an opportunity to continue the next step of their football dreams in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University.
Town: Independence,MO/William Chrisman
Other Offers: Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, etc
The Skinny: While Carson isn’t as highly rated as some of the other prospects on the Buckeyes board at the moment, it doesn’t take long to see why he’s starting to pop up on programs radar. With good size, speed off the line, and the frame to add more weight, Carson, who racked up 56 total tackles and 13 quarterback sacks as a junior, shows the kind of raw potential Urban Meyer and other college coaches love to mold into all around players.
Other Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, Michigan State, Wisconsin, etc
The Skinny: One of the hottest class of 2018 prospects on the market, Thomas picked up his scholarship offer from the Buckeyes staff on Saturday afternoon during a visit to the Ohio State University campus. Like the aforementioned Carson, Thomas should be inline to watch his rating skyrocket in the coming weeks after recently earning numerous impressive offers.
Seeing time on both sides of the ball at Dunbar, Thomas is mostly known for his big play ability as a high school running back. Last season as a junior, he used his solid speed and instincts to rush for over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns to help the Wolverines finish the year off with an overall record of 7-3.
Town: Cary,NC/Green Hope
Other Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Indiana, North Carolina, TCU, etc
The Skinny: A high school quarterback, Adams will more than likely make the switch to wide receiver on the college level. A threat to score nearly every time the football is in his hands, the speedster accounted for over 3,100 total yards of offense, and 35 touchdowns for Blythewood (SC) before transferring after the season.
Sometimes football just runs in your blood. That is definitely a fact with Jordyn. Born into the game, his father Deke Adams, a longtime college assistant, is currently on the staff at the University of North Carolina as the defensive line coach.
Very excited & thankful to receive an offer from Ohio State University! ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/dkqi75dnwS— J2 (@jordynadams10) February 18, 2017
Town: Orlando,FL/Dr. Phillips
Other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, etc
The Skinny: With 30 scholarship offers now currently on the table, it might be pretty difficult to get Campbell to head to far away from the Sunshine state, but that won’t keep Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff from trying to get him to call Columbus his future home.
Always looking to land the next John Hicks, Korey Stringer, Orlando Pace or LeCharles Bentley, the Buckeyes reportedly offered the standout lineman on Sunday evening.
A big time blocker, he and the rest of the line at Dr. Phillips helped pave the way for the Panthers to reach over 4,500 yards of total offense last season.
- The football squad weren’t the only Buckeyes program to dish out a scholarship offer over the weekend. On Saturday, Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball coaching staff offered 2019 four-star guard Jeremiah Francis. The 6-foot-3 Pickerington Central sophomore is the son of former OSU standout and one time Tigers head coach Jerry Francis.
- Per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Ohio State is one of over 30 schools to reach out to Clemson graduate transfer Scott Pagano. A defensive tackle with one year of eligibility left, Pagano finished his career with the Tigers with over 90 total tackles.