With this years recruiting class at the forefront for Ohio State and all other programs across the country, the Buckeyes took a quick pit stop to next year’s cycle when they dropped an offer to two of the nation’s best in 2019.
UGA commit gets Buckeye offer
On Wednesday, Ohio State went to a place they've come to know very well to drop off one of their latest offers—IMG Academy in Florida. That's home to 2019 defensive end Nolan Smith, a current Georgia commit since January 2017, as the Buckeyes offered yesterday according to Jeremy Birmingham of LandOf10.com.
Smith is a 6-foot-3, 223-pounder who originally chose the Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, LSU, Miami (FL), South Carolina and Tennessee. However, in the last month or so, a few more programs jumped into the fray for Smith. Since April 12, Florida, Florida State and now Ohio State have sent offers to the current four-star prospect, according to 247Sports.
Surely, more offers will continue to come down the pipe for what's expected to be one of the very best prospects in next year’s cycle. 247Sports' early grade has Smith listed as the fifth overall player, the third best player at his weak-side defensive end position, and the highest graded player in the state of Florida.
If Ohio State has any hope of continuing their success at IMG Academy in this specific race, obviously it starts with getting Smith on campus. If that doesn't happen, this won't be a case like it has been in prior years for the Buckeyes. See: Malik Barrow, Tyler Gerald, Isaiah Pryor, Taron Vincent, and Marcus Williamson.
Ohio State joins mix for McCaffrey
The other offer that came about on Wednesday was to '19 quarterback Luke McCaffrey of Valor Christian (CO).
Blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University! ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/eyGcVcLU3q— Luke McCaffrey (@mccaffrey_luke) May 10, 2017
Yes, your initial thought was correct. Luke is indeed the brother of former Stanford running back and now Carolina Panther Christian McCaffrey. Obviously, that means he's also the brother of former four-star QB Dylan McCaffrey, who is now a Michigan Wolverine.
While Ed keeps churning out top tier athletes, Luke is the next in-line for the McCaffrey family. Who knows if he will eventually have the success as Christian has. What we do know is Luke looks to be in a great spot as of now.
Luke, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, has already accumulated eight offers to date with Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA and Washington making up half of them. He's also got an early four-star grade from 247Sports, who also list him as a Top 200 player and the very best in Colorado.
• '18 wide receiver L'Christian "Blue" Smith was in Columbus on Wednesday for a brief visit with Ohio State. Smith is a four-star prospect and third highest graded player in the state of Ohio.
• '18 outside linebacker Dallas Gant revealed the details on his upcoming decision. The four-star prospect will announce next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at his high school of St. John's Jesuit (OH). The Buckeyes seem to be in a battle with Notre Dame for Gant's upcoming pledge.