Adams down to five
Coming into to Thursday, Ohio State's recruiting class in 2018 features seven commitments from six different states. Despite North Carolina not being one of those states, the Buckeyes took a positive step into changing that.
On Wednesday, '18 ATH Jordyn Adams, who is listed/graded as a wide receiver on the 247Sports Composite Scale, revealed his list of top schools.
5️⃣ .... no order! pic.twitter.com/lwRQJQL7tb— J2 (@jordynadams10) April 19, 2017
As you can see, Ohio State did make the cut for the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder from Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C. You can also see the competition the Buckeyes will have to battle in hopes of landing the four-star prospect — Alabama, Clemson, LSU and North Carolina.
While being included in the group for Adams, the 35th overall player at his position and eighth best player in North Carolina, is a positive development in Ohio State's pursuit. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Clemson and UNC are considered the two programs in the best spot for the 173rd highest graded prospect in the class.
With that being said, Adams was on campus just five days ago. For the Scarlet and Gray's sake, they will have to make sure that isn't the last visit Adams makes to Columbus, if they want to have a good shot at landing his eventual pledge.
Change of plans for Cox
On Tuesday afternoon, '18 defensive end Brenton Cox (Stockbridge, GA / Stockbridge) revealed that he would be making his decision this Sunday between Ohio State and Georgia.
However, not even 24 hours later, Cox has decided to back off of the original commitment date. While it won't be on Sunday as he initially had planned, it still won't be a long wait before the Buckeyes and Bulldogs learn their fate with the highly rated four-star standout.
Cox had this to say about the change on Wednesday:
The commitment has been pushed back a few days to make sure the right choice is being made , so it won't be this Sunday— Jagg (@Brenton_cox) April 19, 2017
For now, Ohio State seems to be in the driver’s seat. The nation’s 56th overall player was on campus this past weekend to check out the Buckeyes’ spring game and all indications are that the visit left a great impression on the 6-foot-4, 247-pounder.
However, Georgia will get the last visit for the third highest ranked strongside defensive end in the class. Cox will be in Athens, Ga. this weekend to check out the Georgia spring game. A few days after, it will be decision time. Can the Buckeyes outlast the dreaded last visit? That is the big question.
Buckeyes hand out two new offers
Sticking to this year’s recruiting class, Ohio State dropped a new offer on Wednesday to '18 tight end Kyle Pitts of Archbishop Wood (PA).
Blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University #Buckeys ⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/00XIBpxyq8— KyleAnthonyPitts3️⃣ (@ghost_boi4) April 19, 2017
Pitts is currently graded as a three-star prospect but he does hold offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA and Virginia Tech.
The other to receive an offer from the Buckeyes yesterday was '19 ATH Ronnie Hickman of DePaul Catholic (NJ).
Dreams really do come true! Beyond blessed and extremely thankful to receive and offer from The Ohio State University. #GoBucks ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/khHx0PMo4S— Ronnie Hickman (@asvprocket_) April 19, 2017
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, who is primarily being recruited by Greg Schiano, was on campus for the spring game last weekend. Interestingly enough, all six predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball are in favor of Ohio State.
Other schools that have sent early offers to Hickman include Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin.