It’s been nearly a week since the Ohio State football program showcased the future of the program at the spring game. The general feedback from the game was “talent galore”, which has been a strong theme in Columbus ever since Coach Urban Meyer’s arrival. It seems that every Spring a new name arises as the next in line “playmaker”. The 2017 season looks to be no different, and while the staff and players await the start of fall camp, recruiting once again takes priority—which is always the case when Meyer is in charge.
Cook names his final Top 10
It’s almost like it can’t be said enough, but Ohio State has truly built an NFL factory in the recent years in the defensive back unit. With this year’s NFL Draft cementing that statement, Meyer and his position coaches of Kerry Coombs and Greg Schiano have to be flexing their muscles loving what this success is bringing not only to their former guys, but present and future guys as well.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes made the cut again when a top ranked prospect, Anthony Cook, a Houston native, placed Ohio State in his top 10 schools list that he will be considering before a final decision. Cook, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback is currently listed as the second best corner in his class and the best overall player in Texas for 2018, according to 247sports. Obviously a top target for anyone, the five-star narrowed it down to Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida, USC, LSU, Baylor, Texas, Georgia, and Ohio State via his Twitter.
Thank You GOD for putting me in this Position!! Without You I am nothing. After praying on it, I have decided to focus on these schools pic.twitter.com/mVkaHDqKX9— Anthony Cook (@_ACook21) April 20, 2017
With ten schools making the cut, the race is on for his commitment, but if three schools are currently sticking out the most, according to the 247sports crystal ball predictions, it’s Texas, LSU and Ohio State. Fortunately for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, Cook knows exactly just how high caliber OSU is in developing their defensive backs. With the recent news of a Houston based satellite camp this coming summer featuring Ohio State, Meyer is using every possible way to spend time with Cook. Will it be enough to seal the deal though? Time will only tell.
Bucks make the cut
The Buckeyes are off to a hot start in their 2018 class when it comes to the offensive tackle position. With a recent commitment from Max Wray and the ever so popular saga and pursuit of in-state five-star Jackson Carman, the 2018 class is sure to be one that the Buckeyes can’t afford to miss out on in the trenches.
Late Wednesday night, another top prospect from the offensive tackle position placed the Buckeyes in his final top six schools that he will be considering before his final call.
Rasheed Walker, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect from Waldorf, Md. narrowed his list down to Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Ohio State.
The North Point High School product has nearly 30 coveted offers. Trimming his list to a final six has to be tough, but Walker is ready to focus on those he feels best suit his needs.
Lemme Get Ahh 6 piece‼️ pic.twitter.com/KunC5fElnX— CincoTres (@ShEed_CoOlin) April 20, 2017
Looking ahead a bit
While the Buckeyes are certainly focusing on their 2018 recruiting class, Meyer has been quoted several times saying recruiting is a never ending business. With that in mind, it’s easy to see how the staff is looking ahead to the 2019 class even when 2018 is obviously the main priority.
Yesterday, in an article with Bucknuts.com, contributor Bill Kurelic took the time to write about one in-state 2019 prospect that is hoping to hear heavily from Ohio State. Lakota West star Steven Faucheux recently visited Ohio State to see the Buckeyes on April 1 and since then has been a hot topic for the 2019 class. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound defensive end is really starting to see his recruitment take off, as he already has eight offers.
Always good to hear the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to recruit you heavy if you are a top Ohioan. https://t.co/vdu217Xn3e— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) April 20, 2017
One school he is clearly wanting to earn an offer from is the home team Ohio State Buckeyes, but he also was quoted as wanting to draw interest from other Big Ten and SEC programs as well. While Steven will continue to rise on the recruiting trail, geographic recruiter Kerry Coombs and the rest of the staff will certainly continue building their relationship hoping to keep the Ohio border as strong as ever.