Urban Meyer and the rest of his Ohio State coaching staff haven’t just been busy trying to get the next group of Buckeyes ready for the season- the staff has also had their handful with top prospects visiting the program.
Over the last week or so Meyer and crew have played host to a large list of recruits from the 2018 and 2019 classes.
Having a chance to talk with the Ohio State staff and get a better feel on what it would be like to suit up for the Buckeyes, many of the recruits left Columbus highly impressed.
Want to know what some of the recent visitors had to say about their time at Ohio State? Land-Grant Holy Land caught up with the following recruits and grabbed their opinions on the Buckeyes and more:
2018 CB Houston Griffith
Town: Chicago,IL/IMG Academy (FL)
Offers: Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc
Thoughts: “It was a good visit. I watched practice and talked with Coach Meyer, Coombs, and Schiano. They made it clear to my family and I that they want me to be a Buckeye and will continue to recruit me hard. They are one of the schools at the top of my recruitment.”
2018 WR Nate Bauer
Town: Akron,OH/Archbishop Hoban
Offers: Boston College, Minnesota, Syracuse, Toledo, etc
Thoughts: “The visit was great. I loved how competitive the practice was. I also enjoyed talking to coaches after practice. I talked to Coach Day. They said they really like me and if I do good at one of their camps they will offer. To get an offer would mean a lot to me. It's a dream school.”
2019 QB Michael Johnson Jr.
Offers: Ohio State, Oregon, Arizona, Florida State, Mississippi State, etc
Thoughts: “The trip was good. What stood out the most was how the players strive in life after football. I spoke with coach Meyer, Day, and Wilson. They all said they liked me and think I can come there and do great things. It’s a great honor. When I think of OSU football I think of national championships as the standard.”
2019 ATH Mershawn Rice
Thoughts: “The trip to OSU was a great experience. We got to see the facility and watch the practice. What stood out to me was the Team Up North Period. We talked to Kevin Wilson, and I spent most of my day with Ed Terwilliger. They were telling me to keep working hard, and keep your head on straight and don't mess up for yourself. And as far as I know I'm being recruited as a safety. I will be making another trip to OSU later this year.”
2019 DT Justin Britt
Town: Indianapolis,IN/Warren Central
Thoughts: “The trip was awesome. I got to see a lot of things like the trophy room and the stadium. They also allowed us to go in the locker room. Coach Meyer brought us into his office to talk to us. The thing that stood out the most was the team up north period. This is when they play last season’s highlights from the Michigan game on the screen and the team starts to cheer. The period allows the team to raise the intensity of practice. They said that they were interested and that they wanted me to go to some summer camps.”
2019 DE Beau Robbins
Offers: Indiana, Bowling Green, Central Michigan
Thoughts: “It was a great visit. I was very impressed by everything. All of the facilities were very nice and watching the practice was really fun. I also got to see the stadium and go out on the field which was a cool experience. I talked to Coach Coombs a lot. We discussed developing a relationship and visiting Ohio State again in the future.”
2019 OL Julius Buelow
Offers: BYU, Hawaii, Oregon State, Utah, etc
Thoughts: “The trip to OSU was great. When we flew up to Ohio last week I had no idea I'd have an opportunity to tour the football facilities, meet all the coaches, and walk in the stadium. I did a campus tour first. It's huge but they made it seem smaller with how all the buildings and classes are arranged. I like the atmosphere of both the school and football department. It was a great trip and I hope I get to came back up for one of the camps.”
- Standout 2019 quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. wasn’t the only prospect to leave Columbus with an offer from the Ohio State coaching staff over the weekend. Four-star defensive end John Waggoner out of Dowling Catholic in West Des Moines, Iowa also received a chance to rock the Scarlet and Gray on the college level during his visit to OSU on Saturday. Starting to heat up on the recruiting scene, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder adds the offer from the Buckeyes alongside scholarships to play at Iowa, Florida, Indiana and Michigan to name a few.