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Top OLB will visit Ohio State for spring game

The fifth best OLB in the 2018 class will be coming to Columbus this weekend.


Gant to make visit to OSU Spring Game

News became official on Tuesday when linebacker Dallas Gant announced that he will be visiting Ohio State this weekend for their spring game. By now, you already know Gant’s story. However, in case you don’t, Gant is a four-star prospect from Toledo who has held Ohio State in high regard throughout his recruitment. When coach Luke Fickell was in Columbus, the Buckeyes were thought to be the leader and most even expected Gant to make an early announcement in favor of Ohio State. Since Fickell’s departure, some schools have made up some ground, but most think the Buckeyes are still on top.

This visit is important because Gant is still aiming at building a strong relationship with new linebackers coach Bill Davis. This is a good sign for the Buckeyes because it was initially reported that Gant may have headed North to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s spring game.

A Pope’s top 10

On Tuesday, class of 2018 athlete K’Vaughan Pope (Dinwiddie, VA / Dinwiddie County) released his top 10 on Twitter.

The ACC holds the top two spots, as the North Carolina Tar Heels and the defending national champions, the Clemson Tigers, are at the top of Pope’s list.

However, the Buckeyes are in good position at the three spot. There is still plenty of time remaining in the recruitment of Pope—and as we know, recruiting is a wild ride from start to finish.

Pope was just in Chapel Hill, N.C. over the weekend to take in the spring game. A week prior to that, Pope was on the ground in Columbus, Ohio. As the No. 4-ranked athlete in the class makes his unofficial visits across the country, Zach Smith, according to 247sports, is the man leading his recruitment to the Scarlet and Gray.

We’ll keep you updated as more on Pope’s recruitment ramps up in the coming weeks and months.

To the hardwood

With the basketball squad reshuffling again, another big-time splash of a recruitment may be what Thad Matta needs. Mark Smith (Edwardsville, IL / Edwardsville) may be that recruit.

However, the road to getting top talent is never easy, as the rest of the country’s top programs are vying for the next great athlete.

Even though Smith has a background in baseball, the offers for him to go to the hardwood include some of the top programs. Most notably, schools in the Big Ten conference—Indiana, Michigan State and the Buckeyes—have made Smith an offer to be part of their respective programs.

With still one more official visit to pencil in on his calendar, Smith will make the choice to officially visit Kentucky or Ohio State, according to As Smith makes the decision on where to make that fifth official visit, we’ll keep you posted here at Land-Grant Holy Land.