Obviously, the big news that came about on Wednesday was that Ohio State grasped their first in-state pledge of the 2018 class with all purpose back Jaelen Gill of Westerville South (OH). With that being said, that wasn't the only news to come about yesterday.
Ossai adds OSU offer
In what has already started as a great year for '18 defensive end Joseph Ossai of Oak Ridge (TX), his year got a little better on Wednesday when Ohio State dropped an offer to the Lone Star state prospect. The news was revealed by Kevin Deon Goodwin, the QB coach at Ossai's high school.
Congrats to @joseph_ossai 2018 DE ( Conroe Oak Ridge) on his latest offer from The Ohio State University! #horseshoe pic.twitter.com/6tTyMPkROm— Kevin Deon Goodwin (@goodwin_kevin14) March 1, 2017
As stated above, this year has gotten off to a memorable one for the three-star defensive end. Coming into the year, Ossai only held offers from seven schools with the best being from Cincinnati, Iowa State and Northwestern. However, ever since Jan. 17, when the 6-foot-4, 217-pounder added an offer from Colorado and Texas Tech, the tables began to turn in his recruitment. Since those two schools offered, Ossai has also added Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and more to his list.
Ossai is fresh off of a visit to College Station, Texas where he checked out what the in-state Aggies had to offer. For now, Kevin Sumlin and TAMU have placed themselves in striking distance for the pledge of the Conroe native. The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently reads 100 percent in favor of Ossai playing collegiately for Texas A&M. We will see if the Buckeyes offer throws a wrench into things, but a visit will have to happen somewhere down the line.
Ossai is currently graded as the 365th best player in the class. He also is slotted as the 19th highest graded weak-side defensive end and is a Top 50 player in the state of Texas, according to 247sports.
Gill focusing in on Carman
As everyone knows by now, Ohio State grabbed commitment No. 4 on Wednesday evening when Jaelen Gill pledged to the hometown Buckeyes.
What we found out shortly after the decision was that Gill had been recruiting for the Scarlet and Gray prior to Wednesday and he has made '18 offensive tackle Jackson Carman —the likely No. 1 target on the Buckeyes board — a focal point. Here is an excerpt from Ben Axlerod of LandOf10.com, who caught up with Gill after his pledge, to discuss Carman.
Make no mistake, that is major news for Ohio State and their pursuit of Carman, a five-star offensive lineman from Fairfield (OH). The Buckeyes were already above and beyond the favorites to land him and I can't see a scenario in which having another standout Ohioan in his ear would hurt those chances.
Right now, Carman and Gill are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the state of Ohio. If that stands, and the Buckeyes eventually sign both, it would be the fourth time of six full classes since Urban Meyer was named head coach at Ohio State that the Top 2 players chose to play in Columbus.