Ohio State is only two months into the 2017 calendar, that meaning they’re truly about a month into their sole focus being on the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes. However, the Buckeye coaching staff has been setting record pace on the recruiting trail. Offering one to two prospects each day that passes, or so it seems, Urban Meyer and the rest of his staff have made it crystal clear that the 2018 class has to keep pace with the incredible talent that has been brought to Columbus, Ohio year in and year out in Meyer’s short tenure as the head coach.
Gill ready to announce
Ohio State’s 2018 class may be “small” in size for right now, but the commits in the class prove that quality over quantity is truly something the Buckeyes believe in. However, with a smaller 2017 class, Meyer and Ohio State may be able to stockpile in 2018—to an extent.
Last night, one target that the Buckeyes are hard after, local product Jaelen Gill announced via his Twitter that his recruitment would be coming to an end, as he is set to announce his college decision on March 1 at his high school, Westerville South.
I am announcing my commitment on March 1st at Westerville South High School, in the auditorium at 2:45 p.m. Thank you for the support!!— Raaaaaad Chaaaaad (@jaelengill21) February 24, 2017
Ranked as Ohio’s second best prospect and the third best all-purpose back in the 2018 class, Gill is a high four-star, according to 247sports, and is very deserving of more than his 30 scholarship offers. The 6-foot-, 185-pound athlete is just over a week away from his big decision and the Buckeyes are hoping that they are the ones winning his pledge. Time will tell, but the Buckeyes may be well on their way to their fourth commit in the 2018 class, but more importantly, solidifying the all around Ohio’s borders.
Auburn legacy earns OSU offer
When it comes to the quarterback position for the Buckeyes, it’s no secret at all that they are absolutely loaded. With J.T. Barrett, Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell already in Columbus, and 2018 Georgia QB prospect Emory Jones currently committed to Ohio State, it’s easy to believe that the Buckeyes are set with their signal callers for years to come.
As we know with the Buckeyes, when one signs, the next potential guy for the job is being searched for on the daily. On Wednesday night, the latest QB prospect to see an offer from Ohio State is Alabama native, Bo Nix. A 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, Nix currently holds ten scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
While it’s still very early in the recruiting process for Nix, this recruitment for many is over before it even starts. Why? Nix is the son of former Auburn quarterback, Patrick Nix. An Auburn legacy, it seems almost certain that Bo would follow in his father’s footsteps especially when it’s at the same position. There’s a long one to go in the recruitment, but will it really matter? As always: Time will only tell.
An update on a little delay
While 2018 receivers are a story of themselves as it is, 2019 is also seeing some serious attention from the Buckeyes for the receiver position. One of the prospects hearing the most from receivers coach Zach Smith and Meyer is Ellenwood, Ga. prospect, Jadon Haselwood.
The 6-foot-3 190-pound deep threat has been a hot topic in Ohio State recruiting as of late and fortunately for the Buckeyes, he’ll be in Columbus, Ohio next weekend. Originally, Jadon was scheduled to visit Ohio State tomorrow and for the remainder of the weekend, but made a quick change of plans Wednesday night as he announced via his Twitter account that he would in fact be visiting Alabama instead.
Change of plans I won't be in Ohio state this weekend I will be visiting Bama #rolltide— G.O.A.T (@Bcg_jadon) February 23, 2017
Reasoning behind the change in visit plans for Jadon is due to Meyer being out of town this weekend. Fortunately, Meyer will be back in town soon and Haselwood will then make the trip north to Ohio. The home state Georgia Bulldogs and Ohio State are the only two schools on the 247sports crystal ball predictions, but the 2019 star is sure to draw attention from nearly every top program in the counter with his abilities.
@Keithhboi you have nothing to worry about I'm there next weekend, the head man isn't gonna be there ♂️— G.O.A.T (@Bcg_jadon) February 23, 2017
Michigan WR wants to hear from OSU
As mentioned earlier, the 2018 class is sure to see some incredible talent at receiver. With in-state Ohio players being some of the top guys in the nation and the Buckeyes being a national presence, the Buckeyes and Zach Smith are going to have their pick at some of the best.
One receiver that would love to hear from Ohio State is Michigan native, Justin Thomas. Thomas, a current high school junior that attends Walled Lake Western high school, competed in Michigan’s division 2 state championship game against Detroit King in 2016. Detroit King is a place OSU knows well, as they actively recruited Donnie Corley from there in 2016.
For Justin, standing at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he has not only the size, but the skill as well to line up out wide and in the slot.
As a junior, Thomas showed that he was a true deep threat, as he played both offense and defense for the Warriors; as a pass-catcher, Thomas reeled in 37 passes for 640 yards and 7 touchdowns. Currently, Thomas is seeing interest from multiple MAC Conference schools such as Western Michigan and Toledo to name a few, but if Ohio State were to come knocking at the door, it would be the one he’s been waiting for.
Thomas had this to say to Land-Grant Holy Land about the Buckeyes football program, “I’ve always dreamed of playing for Ohio State and I want to win a National Championship. Ohio State has [sic] rich tradition with the best coaches and players, and I want to be a part of that culture.”
With a successful senior season, the sky’s the limit for one of Michigan’s top receivers.