Whether it’s former Buckeye star such Ezekiel Elliott crashing the headlines as the top player in NFL merchandise sales or another fine example of Ohio State football, Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes are constantly in the news, and with that being positive news, recruits are paying close attention to just how much Ohio State and their football program can offer. A great asset for the coaching staff, the Buckeyes are at or near the top of the pyramid for everything in college football as of late.
In-state stud grabs OSU offer
With the current state of the Ohio State football program, it’s not always a guarantee that in-state players are going to be Buckeyes when all's said and done. At the level Meyer and his staff are recruiting at nationwide, it can be difficult for many in-state kids to receive the highly coveted Buckeye offer.
Yesterday, that border around the talent-rich Buckeye state got a boost to its 2019 class when Ohio State offered its latest prospect, Nolan Rumler. An Akron, Ohio native, Rumler is currently a sophomore at Archbishop Hoban, a school that produced one time Ohio State commits Todd Sibley and Danny Clark, who are now at Pitt and Kentucky, respectively.
I am very excited to say that I have received an offer from The Ohio State University !!! ⭕️ ❗️⭕️ pic.twitter.com/mJPUl84Pj8— Nolan Rumler (@steamboat_70) May 11, 2017
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive tackle is already an early four-star in the 2019 class, according to 247sports. With nearly 20 offers already, Rumler will certainly be up for the infamous five-star label when the time comes. Schools such as Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia and Wisconsin are already in the mix for the monster lineman, but there is a bit of a kick to this sweepstakes race.
With the rival Michigan Wolverines being one of the first major programs to offer Rumler, since then, Michigan has been the clear cut favorite in his recruitment. Obviously, a displeasure to Buckeye fans, whether the Wolverines hold the edge right now or not, it’s important to note that signing day 2019 is a little bit more than a while away—and anytime the home state Buckeyes are knocking on the door with Urban Meyer in charge, Ohio State will always be a threat (and a school) to look at seriously.
Blue looks better in Scarlet
Yesterday, it was noted that current standout athlete L’Christian “Blue” Smith of Huber Heights Wayne would be in Columbus to speak with Meyer and visit unofficially. After his visit, however, some news that is very important was released via Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com. In his article, Bill is able to quote both L’Christian and his father, Lorenzo, on what their visit entailed.
One piece to the story that will catch your attention is that the Buckeyes are actually Blue’s current leader with Kentucky being the runner-up. With so many rumors of Ohio State believing that Blue was not a true body type to play receiver at the next level and Kentucky being the clear cut leader for the Wayne Warriors star, those same rumors look to be squashed with all that was discussed between Meyer and Blue himself while on his unofficial visit.
Time will only tell where the nation’s fourth best athlete will end up, but being ranked as Ohio’s third best prospect at any position for the 2018 class, Meyer and Coach Smith have something different to say for the fans who believe the Buckeyes don’t have a true shot. Ohio State looks to be doing all they can to keep this talent at home.
Stay tuned because Blue made it known via his Twitter account that he will in fact be graduating early, taking advantage of the new early signing period signing in December, and enrolling early at the school he chooses. Ohio State would certainly love to be that destination.
Dobbs talks Buckeyes
When it comes to recruiting the state up north, cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, like with everything else, has done an incredible job. To create relationships with the players he has in a rival state is truly something that needs to be noticed. Along with his past success in Michigan, Meyer and Coombs are at it again with a highly touted offensive lineman in the 2019 class.
Offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs, a Belleville, Mich. native, is the 2019 prospect, and he brings with him a 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame to go along with his high four-star ranking. Already considered to be a top 20 prospect at his position and a top five ranked prospect in Michigan for the 2019 class, Dobbs is garnering some serious attention—and rightfully so. As nearly 25 schools have already thrown their hat into the ring vying for his pledge, Dobbs has been thought to be between the two in-state schools of Michigan and Michigan State, but is also seriously considering Ohio State.
Yesterday, in an article with Jeremy Birmingham of landof10.com, Dobbs went into detail with his current thinking and the relationships he has with the schools recruiting him the hardest. To put this one simply: the Buckeyes are right there with everyone. Dobbs has not yet named a clear leader, but the relationship with Coombs is one that has a solid foundation, and that should excite any Buckeye fan who believes Dobbs can be the next great offensive tackle at Ohio State.