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Ohio State makes the cut for top recruits

The Buckeyes managed to land in the top lists for two of the country’s top recruits.

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Top Georgia DB includes Buckeyes in top 6

Ohio State lost multiple elite DB prospects to the NFL last year and is prepared to lose three more in this year’s draft class. Because of this, the Buckeyes coaching staff will need to bring in more elite secondary recruits again this year. The never-ending work again appears to be paying off, as one of the country’s top DBs wants to focus on the school going forward in his recruitment.

Chris Smith (Atlanta, GA / Hapeville Charter) has seen his recruitment take off as he enters his senior season. He has amassed a reported 30 scholarship offers from some of the top programs in college football, including Ohio State.

The Buckeyes only recently entered the race for Smith’s services however, presenting him with a scholarship offer March 30, following a successful weekend visit to the campus. Apparently, the visit went even better than initially expected, as Smith released his top 6 schools Monday afternoon and the Buckeyes were included.

Smith, who is listed as a 3-star CB by 247Sports, claims Ohio State is one of the six schools that he feels best fit his future, along with Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Michigan. It is hard to argue with his decision as the aforementioned schools are all top programs.

The Buckeyes have been able to pick up commitments from two blue-chip safeties in this year’s class but have yet to wrap up a CB. While there is still plenty of time in Smith’s recruitment, the school has to like where they stand with him.

Top DT has Ohio State in top 8

Again, Ohio State is liking where they sit with one of the country’s best recruits in the 2018 recruiting class. Sticking with the defensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes recently learned that they are one of the final schools defensive tackle Tommy Togiai (Pocatello, ID / Highland) will consider committing to.

The four-star DT included Ohio State in his top eight schools, along with USC, Wisconsin, TCU, Washington, Utah, Penn State and Michigan in no particular order.

If Togiai were to choose Ohio State, the Buckeyes would arguably have the best haul at the position of any school in the country. Already earning a commitment from the top DT in the class in Taron Vincent, adding Togiai would be the icing on the cake.

The blue-chip prospect is seen as the No. 14 DT in the class and the No. 150 overall recruit. While he has reportedly viewed Ohio State as one of his top schools for some time now, Togiai has yet to make it to Columbus for a visit. Expect the Buckeyes coaching staff to change this in their efforts to build an elite defensive line.