OSU sends out new DT offer
Despite their current well standing with 2018 defensive tackles Matthew Jones of Erasmus Hall (NY) and Taron Vincent of IMG Academy (FL), the Buckeyes are leaving no stone unturned at the position in this year’s class. That was proof when ‘18 DT Tommy Togiai, a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Highland (ID), received an offer from the Scarlet and Gray on Wednesday.
Honored to receive an offer from The Ohio State University #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/Gh0GIzM2bo— Tommy Togiai (@Big_Tom71) February 22, 2017
Togiai is currently ranked among the best at the defensive tackle position; he is listed as the 10th highest graded player at the spot in the entire class. The four-star prospect is also penciled in as the 112th player overall and, unsurprisingly, is the top player from the state of Idaho.
The offer to Togiai officially puts Ohio State into the mix with programs like Arizona State, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington. For now, the 247Sports Crystal Ball has one lone prediction for Togiai’s college football landing spot: Oregon.
We will see if Ohio State can make a move for the newly offered interior defensive lineman.
Woodard catches Buckeye offer
Another prospect on the receiving end of an offer from the Buckeyes was '18 wide receiver Al'vonte Woodard, one of the nation’s best pass-catchers, from Lamar High School in Houston.
Extremely Blessed and Excited to receive an offer from The Ohio State University !!! #GoBucks ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/8HfWVtgi3f— A.Woodard⁴ (@Vonte_4) February 23, 2017
Woodard stands at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and has offers from a bevy of schools in the country including Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Utah and West Virginia.
For the Buckeyes, this will be an interesting recruitment to follow going forward. Ohio State is fresh off of a full out raid of Texas in last year’s class. We will see if they can ride that momentum in hopes of securing Woodard — Texas' ninth highest graded player. For now, Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies have placed themselves in great position, as the lone projection in the 247sports crystal ball has Woodard going to College Station, Texas.
Change of plans for Haselwood
With the focus mostly on the 2018 cycle, Ohio State is currently sitting empty handed in the 2019 recruiting class—which is no surprise. However, the Buckeyes have given ‘19 WR Jadon Haselwood (Ellenwood, GA / Cedar Grove) an offer, and have put themselves in fairly good position to secure the Georgia native.
This weekend, the plan for Haselwood was to make the trip to Columbus, Ohio for a visit to the Ohio State campus. However, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder revealed last night that the visit will not happen. Instead, Haselwood will head down to Tuscaloosa, Ala. and make a stop at the Alabama Crimson Tide’s campus. According to 247Sports' Bill Kurelic, Haselwood will instead make the visit to Ohio State next weekend.
Obviously, with the in-state Georgia Bulldogs looking to be in the driver’s seat for the time being, Ohio State will need to continue a strong pursuit for Haselwood. While the visit not happening this weekend is unfortunate for the Buckeyes, there is plenty of time for the Buckeyes to gain some ground in this race.
Quinerly opens Bucks eyes
Switching gears to the hardwood, where Ohio State has three pledges in their respective 2018 recruiting class that features small forwards Justin Ahrens and Darius Bazley and shooting guard Dane Goodwin. But that isn’t stopping the Buckeyes from keeping their eyes open for potentially one more addition to the class.
On Tuesday, Ohio State coaches Thad Matta and Chris Jent went to check out ‘18 PG Jahvon Quinerly of Hudson Catholic (NJ), according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com. In the game that members of the Buckeyes staff attended, Quinerly went on to drop 30 points and impressed Matta when doing so. Hudson Catholic Head Coach Nick Marinello told Zagoria, “Thad Matta loved the way Jahvon played (Tuesday) night.”
Quinerly would be a huge addition for the basketball Buckeyes if they could pry him away from St. John’s and Villanova, who are the current favorites. He is a four-star prospect that is pegged as a top 30 player in the class and would quickly boost the Scarlet and Gray to the 11th highest ranked hoops class in 2018. To go along with that, Quinerly is also the sixth best one guard and the third best player from New Jersey.