O'Neal gets OSU offer
Just days after adding 2018 safety Jaiden Woodbey (Upland, CA / St. John Bosco) to the fold, Ohio State went right back to the defensive secondary for their latest offer that came about on Wednesday. The newest recipient of that Buckeye offer is '18 S Leon O'Neal Jr. of Cy Springs (TX).
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder had 18 offers under his belt prior to the Buckeyes joining the picture yesterday. While there is a long while until O'Neal Jr. has to make a final decision, Ohio State will have to beat out programs like Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and more if they want to pair him with Woodbey in the Scarlet and Gray.
O'Neal Jr., a four-star prospect, is currently penciled in as the 223rd best overall player in the class, according to 247sports. The Cypress native can also be found as the 18th highest graded safety and the 26th highest graded prospect in the state of Texas.
With Ohio State jumping into the mix for the blue-chip defensive back, we will see if the staff can now convince him to come to Columbus to check out the campus in the near future.
Cali to Columbus movement?
As mentioned above, Ohio State reeled in their third pledge for this year’s recruiting class when Woodbey of St. John Bosco (CA) announced his commitment to the Buckeyes. The four-star prospect is currently slotted as the fourth best player in the state and he believes he isn't going to be the last from California to head to Columbus and suit up for the Buckeyes.
CA➡️OH move is going to be real in 2018— I AM JAIDEN WOODBEY™ (@JaidenWoodbey6) February 8, 2017
For now, there's four Cali prospects other than Woodbey that have secured offers from Ohio State—and all but one plays on the offensive side of the ball. 2018 running back Maurice Washington, a four-star prospect, could ultimately become a candidate to partner up with '18 Florida RB Brian Snead, who has been committed to the Buckeyes since July 2016. The other two would be '18 wide receivers Jalen Hall of Hawkins (CA) and Amon-Ra St. Brown of Mater Dei (CA) — two of the nation’s best pass-catchers. The lone defender outside of Woodbey is '18 linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu of Claremont (CA).
Obviously, the state is full of talented players and new offers could go out to more names in due time. It will be interesting to see if the commitment of Woodbey could turn California into the Texas of the 2017 recruiting class.