You get an offer...
Ohio State sent out an offer to 2018 linebacker Payton Wilson (Hillsborough, NC / Orange) on Tuesday. Wilson, who stands at 6-foot-4 and checks in at over 220 pounds, is one of the most physically gifted linebackers in the country’s 2018 class. According to 247Sports, Wilson is a three-star prospect—but don’t let that fool you.
I would also like to thank @OhioStateFB for the offer! @RivalsFriedman @MClarkScout @Boss_Martin247 @NCPreps pic.twitter.com/UfToEVZ1Fk— Payton Wilson (@payton_wilson21) February 7, 2017
Wilson is still in the process of breaking through on the recruiting trail and we’ll likely see a huge jump in his overall ranking as we get closer to summer, as he’s evaluated more. From North Carolina, Wilson holds 17 total offers that include the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
In addition to being a freak on the football field, Wilson is also a standout wrestler at his high school. The Buckeyes will look to add a couple linebackers in this year’s cycle, and getting on Wilson early was a must. Ohio State will look to get Wilson on campus sometime this spring/summer before his senior year starts. Ohio State has done well on the east coast the last few years and will look to continue that trend for the 2018 class.
Below is a highlight clip of Wilson’s junior season, uploaded to Hudl.
...and you get an offer!
Urban Meyer and his staff offered another three-star prospect on Tuesday afternoon; this one going to outside linebacker Jesse Luketa. Luketa, who attends high school in Pennsylvania, is currently a Penn State commit. Like Wilson, Luketa has yet to be evaluated by most recruiting sites and should see his ranking rise over the next couple of months.
Thankful to have received an offer from Ohio State ️#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bUrvlK2LYC— Jesse Luketa (@OttawasVeryOwn) February 7, 2017
At 6-foot-3, Luketa holds 23 offers from high-profiled schools in LSU, Michigan and Pittsburgh. Luketa just recently committed to Penn State, so this is a battle that should go for some time. It’s always tough to pull one of Pennsylvania’s best out of the state, but the Buckeyes have done it before. New linebacker coach Bill Davis was in to see Luketa at the end of January and will continue to make that relationship stronger as each day passes. Ohio State will push to get Luketa on campus before his senior season.
On Hudl, there is a highlight reel from Luketa’s junior season. The reel is below