It may be early but Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class is shaping up to be just as decorated as its historic 2017 haul. The Buckeyes have already been able to secure commitments from nine of the country’s top recruits and the class is currently seen as the fourth best in the country, according to 247Sports.com
With all of this success, the team has yet to acquire a linebacker in the class, but is looking to change that. The program is hoping this change comes in outside linebacker Dallas Gant (Toledo, OH / St. John’s Jesuit).
The Ohio-native is set to announce his decision later today in his high school theater at 3:30 p.m. eastern time.
My commitment announcement this Tuesday will be at 3:30 in the McCade Theatre at my school, St. John's. Everyone is welcome to attend!— Dallas Gant (@dallas_gant) May 10, 2017
Gant is not only one of the top recruits in Ohio, he is also viewed as one of the top OLBs in the country. The four-star backer is currently seen as the No. 5 OLB in the country, the No. 4 recruit in Ohio and the No. 126 in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
He earlier released his top five schools which consisted of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State; however, it appears that his decision will come down to Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Just last week, Gant spoke to Bill Kurelic of BuckNuts and talked about what he liked about each of his top schools. While he said he liked Ohio State’s ability to win and their ability to produce NFL talent, he also spoke highly of the Irish saying, “They are kind of like my school. They have great tradition.”
Fast-forward a week to today and the Buckeyes are again being viewed as the favorite. Kurelic went as far as to officially pencil the team in for his Crystal Ball selection.
Gant would make a huge addition to the 2018 class, so make sure to keep up with Land-Grant Holy Land today as we prepare for his announcement.
Ohio State offers elite OT
One of Urban Meyer’s best traits when it comes to recruiting is his ability to recognize talent early on. He is hoping to strike gold again, as the program offered 2019 offensive tackle Michael Tarquin (Belleview, FL / Belleview) yesterday.
Buckeye defensive assistant coach, Kerry Coombs tweeted that he was “planting flags” in the Sunshine State Monday, and what followed was an early offer for Tarquin.
Tarquin has only played two seasons of high school football, but that hasn’t stopped him from racking up offers from some of the top schools in the country, including Clemson, Michigan State, Miami, Auburn, Louisville and now the Buckeyes.
As it stands today, hometown school Miami has the edge over the field, but it is early and Ohio State’s recurring success cannot be ignored by anyone.
Because Tarquin is so early into his football career, recruiting databases don’t have a full grasp on him yet. Currently though, 247Sports has him slated as the 13th best OT in the country and the No. 103 overall recruit in 2019.
Only time will tell in his recruitment, but Meyer knows better than anyone, you can never have too many ‘slobs’ up front with a mobile QB, so expect the Buckeyes to continue pursuing him.
Ohio State a contender for a 4-star TE
Another position of need in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class that has yet to be addressed is the tight end position. The coaching staff decided to put the position on the back-burner in last year’s class, so it comes as no surprise the position is one of great focus this year.
Fortunately, their work seems to be paying off as one of the country’s best has confirmed the school as one of his top choices. Four-star TE Leonard Taylor (Springfield, OH / Springfield) participated in Rival’s 3 Stripe Camp on Sunday in Columbus and Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com had an opportunity to speak to Taylor.
Taylor told Helmholdt that the Buckeyes are one of his top schools and he is looking to visit the school in the coming months.
Seen as the No. 12 TE in the country and the tenth best recruit in the Ohio, the Buckeyes’ biggest competition for Taylor currently appears to be Kentucky. The biggest difference in the schools recruiting pitches is that the Wildcats are recruiting him solely to be a TE, while the Buckeyes are unsure if they want him to play at TE or DE.
Standing at 6-foot-5.5 and weighing 246 pounds, Taylor has the size and athleticism to excel at both positions. Look for both schools to continue to pursue Taylor who has yet to hint at an announcement date.