With the main event of the weekend being the NFL Draft, many college football programs were able to showcase just how well they are developing their players for the ultimate goal: getting drafted in the NFL. If one thing remains true in the last few Drafts, it has been the success of the Buckeye football program and their players. Fortunately, for Urban Meyer and his staff, the 2017 Draft was no different as the Buckeyes once again saw tremendous success by sending their guys to the league. With recruiting being a never ending business, Ohio State was able to use this weekend as a pitch to their top targets that when you decide to be a Buckeye, the future can unfold right before your eyes. A selling point the Ohio State staff has perfected in recent years.
Wilson ready for final decision
The Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class has started off with tremendous talent—a feat Urban Meyer and his staff have excelled in is landing their top targets at many positions. With 2018 looking to continue that trend, the Ohio State staff has to be loving the way their current class is shaping up.
Today, one of those targets highly coveted by the Buckeyes will be announcing his final decision on the college he will be attending to further his academics and football career. Payton Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker from North Carolina, is on commitment watch after announcing his final 4 schools back on April 9. Including Ohio State, Wilson also selected North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Clemson as the schools he would be deciding against. After a successful visit to Columbus, Ohio on April 1, Meyer and his staff have to feel pretty good about their chances, but three other schools also stand in the way.
Currently, according to the 247sports crystal ball predictions, the home state North Carolina Tar Heels are the runaway favorites to land Wilson, but the recruiting presence of Meyer is never something that goes ignored. Wilson is graded out as the second best outside linebacker in the country as well as the third best prospect overall in North Carolina for 2018. Easily deserving of his high four-star title, the school he selects will love his addition to their current recruiting class.
OSU targets shine in The Opening Regional
It’s no secret the premier camp in the recruiting circuit is Nike’s The Opening. While that camp has yet to take place, its regional location camps are in full swing as they look to select the top talent in each region to come together for the final camp in Eugene, Ore. at Nike’s world headquarters. With Sunday usually being an “off-day” for most high school athletes, yesterday was different as New Jersey was next on the list for the regional location camp.
Two Ohio State targets in attendance for the New Jersey regional were recent Penn State decommit Micah Parsons and New York’s Jeremy Ruckert. Both extremely high on Ohio State’s wish list, the duo participated and competed so well that each they received the highly coveted The Opening invitation for their performance.
With the constant talk of Parsons and his potential to end up a Buckeye, Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson are loving the way things are trending. On the flip side, Ruckert is the top tight end target Meyer has locked in on and since the start of his recruitment. With decision for the duo coming at some point, Ohio State has to like where they are at it these two sweepstakes. If they can continue their success in 2018, these two are surely going to be in the fold.
Mitchell collects the accolades
Another one of the premier camps involving the recruiting circuit is the Rivals 5-star Challenge. Of the many participants, few will be crowned as a five-star football player for their respective recruiting class. This weekend, Ohio State linebacker target Teradja Mitchell (Virginia Beach, VA /Bishop Sullivan Catholic) earned his 5-star Rivals ranking as he once again continued to dominate each and every opportunity he has been given. Joining current Ohio State commits Emory Jones and Jaiden Woodbey, if Mitchell ends up a Buckeye, that’s three Rivals five-stars alone in the class.
After collecting his next of many accolades, Mitchell decided to heat things up a bit on social media when he took to Twitter to create a voting poll that let his followers and users decide where they believe he will end up playing his college football. Included in the poll: Ohio State, Florida State and LSU.
Where y'all think I'm heading ???— Teradja Mitchell ™⁷ (@WhosThatNumber7) April 30, 2017
With just over a day left to cast votes, currently Ohio State is the runaway favorite as Mitchell’s final destination. If so, that would be another five-star for Meyer to add to the 2018 class, as Mitchell is currently ranked as the second best at his position, second best in his home state of Virginia and the 27th best player in the entire country, according to 247sports. Hopefully, the poll previews the future and Ohio State is the selection for this five-star linebacker.
- Ohio State target, Tyreke Smith (Cleveland, Ohio / Cleveland Heights) released his top 12 schools. Along with Ohio State, making the cut for Smith were Alabama, Penn State, USC, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgia, Texas, UCLA and Oregon.
- Justyn Ross, a four-star receiver listed his top 11 schools. Making the cut were Clemson, Ole Miss, LSU, USC, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida and Ohio State.
- Yesterday, five-star receiver Brennan Eagles finalized his top 10 schools. On the list are Oklahoma, Florida State, Florida, USC, Clemson, LSU, TCU, Texas, Georgia and Ohio State.