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Ohio State makes cut for coveted 4-star DT

Aeneas Hawkins has the Buckeyes in his top 7.

Aeneas Hawkins

While Buckeye Nation patiently awaits the 2017 football season, Urban Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff have been going nonstop at recruiting the entire country. While the season seems to not get here fast enough, there are positives in the fact that Meyer and his perennial power have a few months to continue developing their talent pool up to the next level.

Bucks make the cut

When an in-state product is ranked as high as a four-star, the Buckeyes are certainly all over his recruitment. However, when the Buckeyes already have commitments in the same position group as the in-state product, as well as those commitments coming from out of state programs, the recruitment gets a little interesting. With Meyer wanting to have a stronger presence of Ohio kids in this next recruiting class, the in-state versus national debate comes up.

When it comes to the recruitment of Aeneas Hawkins, a Cincinnati Moeller defensive tackle, the Buckeyes are a program that are hard after in their pursuit of this four-star. Being an in-state stud, the notion is normally linked to Ohio State, and many believe that the Buckeyes are in fact the leader in his recruitment, as does the current 247sports crystal ball predictions.

Yesterday, though, Hawkins took to Twitter to release his top seven final schools he is still considering before making a final decision.

Making the cut for the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder include, Pitt, Kentucky, USC, Penn State, Alabama, Cincinnati and Ohio State. With Ohio State, Penn State and Cincinnati considered to be the real threats vying for his services, the current 23rd best defensive tackle in the country (as well as the 12th best prospect in all of Ohio for the 2018 class) has some serious thinking to do as he narrows the final list before his commitment.

One thing that is for certain: the Buckeyes want to keep this one within their borders, and preferably, in Columbus.

Seeing far into the future

In the past few recruiting cycles, Urban and his staff have made their living recruiting the entire country. Of course, Ohio and Florida are two states that come to mind, but lately, Georgia has become Ohio State’s backyard, as they’re continuing to have a constant presence in the Peach State.

Over the weekend, Ohio State once again made their presence known as they sent out yet another offer to a Georgia native. This time, looking far into the future, the Buckeyes offered 2020 prospect Miles Friday of Suwanee, Ga. A Peachtree Ridge running back, a program the Buckeyes have recruited extremely well in the past, they’re hoping to have the same effect as they look to find their next great back to dawn the Scarlet and Gray.

Friday, a current high school freshman, is currently listed at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, but with three prep seasons still to be played, there’s certainly reason to believe his frame could grow even larger. With 13 scholarships already under his belt, this youngster is poised to be one of the top backs when the 2020 ratings come to pass. Schools such as Alabama, Louisville, Maryland, Tennessee, TCU, Ole Miss and Miami have made their pitch, but with plenty of time until signing day 2020, there’s plenty of reason to say anybody has a shot at becoming the clear cut leader for the Georgia running back.

Top WR ready to narrow list

If there is one receiver the Buckeyes are really wanting to add to the fold for their 2018 class, it’s St. Louis native Kamryn Babb. The four-star prospect showed his caliber of talent last summer when he attended a one-day camp in Columbus. Since then, Babb has been closely linked to Ohio State and becoming the next Zone 6 member. Easily the top receiver target for the Buckeyes, Babb has become “the guy” in 2018 and fortunately for Ohio State, they currently are thought to be the clear cut leader and own the lead on the 247sports crystal predictions.

Yesterday, Babb took to his Twitter account to make things clear on the reasoning, but noted he will be announcing the top nine schools he is considering before a final decision. That announcement is planned for May 29, and two schools certain to make the cut are Ohio State and Missouri.

With nearly 30 offers, the seventh best ranked receiver in 2018 and Missouri’s top prospect at any position is highly coveted, but the Buckeyes sit pretty in this recruitment and hope to fend off the others for their top receiver target.

Things are good in Georgia

Over the weekend, Ohio State made the cut for another Georgia stud when four-star safety Jalyn Phillips announced his top 10 schools before his commitment. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety, Phillips is a hard hitting downhill threat, but also a great coverage safety who has proved why he has nearly 30 offers as just a 2019 prospect.

Making the cut for Jalyn include Vanderbilt, Oregon, Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Notre Dame, Minnesota, LSU and Ohio State. With Ohio State highly involved with this 2019 prospect, there’s room to think the Buckeyes have a good chance, but with a long time to go still in this recruitment, and over a year until the pen hits the paper on 2019 signing day, it’s anyone’s race.