While it might come as a surprise to some, not every Ohio State football player is a four or five-star rated prospect coming out of high school.
Always keeping a close eye out for talent on the recruiting trail, the Buckeyes coaching staff reportedly offered an under-the-radar defensive back a scholarship offer over the weekend.
Receiving his scholarship to play his college ball in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday evening, Frostproof (FL) class of 2018 standout Jeremiah Salaam adds the Buckeyes to his growing list of offers.
While Ohio State might be the new program on the block, schools such as Arizona, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt have been in on the 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety for quite some time.
A non-rated prospect when it comes to the 247Sports Composite, the honorable mention All-State selection is considered a three-star recruit and the 83rd safety in the class of 2018, according to Scout.com.
Avery names top 12
Unlike Salaam, some recruits hold Ohio State in high regards even though they’ve yet to pick up a scholarship from Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Four-star defensive tackle Calvin Avery (Dallas / Bishop Dunne) is reportedly one of those aforementioned prospects.
On Sunday afternoon the Dallas native dropped his current college leaders with the Buckeyes making the cut. Naming 12 programs, Avery has OSU, Arkansas, Arizona State, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas, USC and Washington on top for his services at the moment.
Playing alongside fellow Ohio State targets Marquez Beason and Brian Williams, the nearly 6-foot-2, 310-pounder Avery finished his junior campaign with 68 total tackles and 12 sacks to help the Falcons finish the season 8-6 on the year.
- After shining at their camp in Columbus, Ohio State class of 2018 commit Jaelen Gill of Westerville South was among the players selected to participate in the Rivals Five-star Challenge later this summer.
- Longtime 2018 Ohio State target Dallas Gant will announce his college commitment on Tuesday. Looked as an OSU lean, the Toledo St. John’s Jesuit linebacker has a top five of the Buckeyes, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State.