In just one week, spring practice will begin for the Ohio State football program. With this, nine new Buckeyes will take the field for the first time—as well as two new coaches. Despite the busy time period, the Ohio State coaching staff is still finding time to ensure that the 2018 recruiting class is as impressive as this years.
This past weekend their efforts resulted in a small reward, as one of the country’s best recruits included Ohio State in his final 10 schools.
Four-star wide receiver Brennan Eagles (Houston, TX / Alief Taylor) is not a new name for those who follow Buckeye recruiting. Eagles is the country’s No. 7 WR in next year’s class and is the No. 43 overall player in the class, according to 247sports.
Ohio State is in good company in Eagles’ recruitment as TCU, Georgia, Texas, LSU, UCLA, USC, Oklahoma, Florida State and Florida were all included in his list. As it stands today, home-state school Texas is seen as the runaway favorite. However, it is early in his recruitment and the Buckeyes are obviously still in play.
The Buckeyes have already been able to secure three commits in next year’s class, including two on the offensive side of the ball in five-star quarterback Emory Jones and four-star running back Brian Sneed. If Eagles were to commit to the Buckeyes, the future of Ohio State’s offense would be very bright.
Update on Jaelen Gill’s recruitment
Jaelen Gill (Westerville, OH / Westerville South) will be announcing his collegiate decision on Wednesday. The four-star RB is currently the No. 32 overall recruit and is the second best recruit in the state of Ohio, according to 247sports.
Urban Meyer has made it known that he wants to up the program’s efforts in recruiting Ohio, partially because of the amount of highly-touted recruits in the state for next year’s class. Securing Gill would be a great start to this approach.
Late Monday night, Gill appeared on the Holy Buckeye Show and announced a top five of Ohio State, UCLA, USC, Tennessee and Texas.
The Buckeyes have been a favorite to land the the 6-foot-1 runner, however, Gill may have Tweeted a cryptic message late yesterday afternoon.
Home will always be home. I can always come back! This will help me grow As a person.— Raaaaaad Chaaaaad (@jaelengill21) February 27, 2017
The overall tone of this message is not comforting for Buckeye Nation, but it isn’t the nail in the coffin. Meyer is the best at what he does when it comes to recruiting, so the Buckeyes can never be counted out until it is all said and done.
Ohio State recruits sitting well in Rivals Top 100
Rivals.com updated its Top 100 recruiting rankings for the 2018 recruiting class on Monday, and there were multiple Ohio State commits and targets included on the list.
Of the three commits in next year’s class, five-star QB Emory Jones was the highest ranked, landing at No. 14. Four-star RB Brian Sneed was listed at No. 23, while newest Buckeye commit Jaiden Woodbey landed at No. 61.
Arguably the top recruit on Ohio State’s big board, five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman (Fairfield, OH / Fairfield), was given high praise. Carman was near the top of the list, coming in as the No. 4 overall recruit. The Buckeyes are the current favorite to land Carman.