Ohio State really doesn’t need a lot of help when it comes to recruiting. With a more recent National Championship, record amount of players heading to the NFL, top academics, state of the art facilities and a coaching staff that speaks for itself, it’s not hard to see why the Buckeyes have continuous success on the recruiting front. However, in today’s world with prep aged players, social media is a huge outlet and graphics, videos and other types of media are a major aspect in recruiting. Fortunately for Ohio State, their graphic design and creative content team is off the charts as well. To put it simply, it’s a great time to be a Buckeye football fan.
Jones coming to OSU this spring
The long line of talent in the Ohio State quarterback room is enough to have every program in the country jealous of what Urban Meyer and Kevin Wilson have at their disposal. However, it’s only going to get better and deeper when current 2018 quarterback commit Emory Jones (Franklin, GA Heard County) heads to Columbus to start his collegiate career.
The five-star is exactly what Urban Meyer wants in his future quarterback. At nearly 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Jones has the ability to spin it, but also take off and go for the distance at any moment he touches the ball. That’s easy to see as he is currently ranked by 247sports as the top overall prospect at his position, third best player in Georgia and to top it all off a top 25 player at any position in the country. Needless to say, the Buckeyes love what they’re getting in Jones.
Yesterday, Jones took to twitter to express the love he has been receiving from the Ohio State creative content media team. What was meant for his account actually did wonders for the Buckeyes recruiting efforts as many other top prep players in the state and around the country loved what Jones “posted” to his twitter feed.
GA ✈️⭕️ @jayceehorn_10 @keiondrejones @king_kearis @Solid_Quez @simsmyles pic.twitter.com/zv3M1klBPu— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) March 16, 2017
Knowing that they have struck proverbial gold in Georgia with recent stars such as Raekwon McMillan, Bradley Roby and beyond, the Buckeyes are certainly using that to their advantage as they look for more of the nation’s best for the 2018-2019 classes. As for Jones, he made sure to include other top in-state guys such as Keiondre Jones, Kearis Jackson and Jaycee Horn. While Jones plans to help out recruiting efforts himself, he will also be heading to his future home this spring for the Buckeye spring football game on April 15.
Columbus the move ‼️ https://t.co/StZvLtCRBm— © (@keiondrejones) March 16, 2017
Number one down to two?
Yesterday, in an article via elevenwarriors.com, the infamous defensive tackle position was talked about once again. A position the Buckeyes have had some success in for sure, but to nobody’s pleasure have also “missed” on their top targets at the oh so critical spot. With key misses in 2016 and now 2017 with top southern prospects, Ohio State is doing everything they can to change their fate in the 2018 recruiting class.
The prospect the Buckeyes are hoping to change their luck is none other than IMG Academy’s Taron Vincent. Not only ranked as Florida’s top prospect, but he currently holds the top spot for the nation’s best defensive tackle as well, according to 247sports. If Urban Meyer and Ohio State are going to land a top defensive tackle, they would love for it to be Vincent.
When his recruitment started seriously taking off, the Buckeyes were in the driver’s seat. However, as things have been progressing, there’s another program on their heels or may have passed them a bit. Unfortunately, this same Florida State program is what hurt them this past recruiting class when they landed top defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson, another one of the Buckeyes “misses”. A battle that is sure to heat up in the coming weeks, Vincent is scheduled to visit Ohio State in the coming weeks and a decision is thought to follow shortly after. If the Bucks want to end their streak, this upcoming visit has to be a home run for Urban Meyer and the rest of his coaching staff. Fortunately, the red carpet treatment in Columbus for recruiting visits has rarely ever let down.
Safety likes OSU but is it enough?
It’s been said countless times, but the success that Ohio State is having with their defensive backs is truly something incredible. Between sending record amounts of guys to the NFL and then landing top prospects to replace them, the cycle of success isn’t going to stop rolling any time soon.
Yesterday, Bucknuts.com’s Bill Kurelic wrote a piece including Clearwater, Fla. prospect Amari Burney. In the piece Bill goes in depth at what is currently happening in the mind of Burney. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound defensive back is currently ranked as the ninth best safety in the country and the 25th best player in the talent-rich state of Florida.
Among the happenings with Burney, it looks as if there are two schools that are at the top for the four-star safety. The two in the running are Florida and Ohio State. Two programs closely related to each other, Meyer knows the ins and outs of Florida and if any out of state coach has an edge in the Sunshine State, it’s Urban Meyer. With 21 total offers, to be down to two speaks highly of the Buckeye football program. Florida may have a slight edge in this one, but if Ohio State is in the running, anything can happen.
- A top 2019 LB, Georgia’s Owen Pappoe visits Ohio State next weekend for his first trip to see the Buckeyes.