For Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football staff, there’s more than an abundant amount of pitches they can use to sell recruits on why Ohio State is the best option. From the academics, facilities, fans, success and more, the Buckeyes have all a young athlete could ever want.
However, one tool the staff uses to it’s advantage maybe better than anything else is the success they are having at sending Buckeyes to the NFL. Today, once again Ohio State has numerous former players suiting up for the NFL combine, and make no mistake about it, this recruiting pitch speaks for itself and is coming in loud and clear to many of the nation’s top prospects.
Peters heading East on I-70
The in-state 2018 Ohio prospects as of late have been garnering some serious attention—and it’s becoming more and more clear that it is very deserving. With several of the nation’s top programs, such as Alabama, coming into Ohio’s border and offering in-state prospects before Ohio State has given the impression that the Buckeyes need to be on their guard for protecting their borders. Fortunately, they have the opportunity to do that very thing this coming weekend.
Going up to OSU ⚪friday!! An UK Saturday!! great weekend #thankful— xavier peters#1 (@xavierpeters22) March 2, 2017
Later today, Xavier Peters (West Chester, OH / Lakota West) will be visiting Ohio State to see what the Buckeyes have to offer. Currently, Peters grades out as the 16th best outside linebacker in the country and the 11th best prospect in all of Ohio for 2018, according to 247sports. With a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, Peters has the size that will attract a serious host of schools, but there’s one offer Xavier has been wanting for some time now.
Currently, Peters holds offers from the likes of Penn State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Oregon and Wisconsin, but his “dream school” Buckeyes have yet to pull the trigger. However, with several big time Ohio prep recruits seeing interest from the rest of the country, Urban Meyer may be into the idea of offering Peters to keep the protective border around Ohio. If so, a commitment could soon follow, but time will only tell.
Big visitor coming very soon
The defensive end position for Ohio State is almost guaranteed to see a five-star in each recruiting class. The prospects that Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson have brought to Columbus for the DE position have been nothing short of phenomenal. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, success breeds more success and the trend of bringing in top talent to anchor the end of the defensive line doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon.
Yesterday, Bill Kurelic let Buckeye fans know that another top defensive end would be visiting Ohio State this coming month. Dorian Hardy, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound New Jersey native hails from the prestigious Paramus Catholic High School, a school that is sending athletes to top college football programs each cycle, plans on making the trip to Columbus later this month.
Hardy holds a Buckeye offer, but also holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Miami, LSU and Michigan. The current four-star grades out currently as the sixth best at his position in the 2018 class and the fourth best prospect in New Jersey. While Alabama leads the way on the 247sports crystal ball predictions, there’s plenty of time before 2018’s National Signing Day. If the Buckeyes want to be in the running for this top prep star, the March unofficial visit needs to be successful. Fortunately, visits in Columbus rarely ever see anything but success.