Ohio State has made a case for being referred to as “DBU” with multiple former Buckeye defensive backs being chosen as first-round selections in both of the last two NFL drafts.
This has become a huge recruiting tool for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff, who secured commitments from six elite DB recruits last year. On top of this, the program has already earned early commitments from two of the country’s top 10 safety prospects in the 2018 recruiting cycle in Jaiden Woodbey (Bellflower, CA / St. John Bosco) and Josh Proctor (Owasso, OK / Owasso).
But they aren’t stopping there.
Yesterday afternoon, the country’s No. 1 safety prospect, BJ Foster (Angleton, TX / Angleton) informed everyone that he will be committing June 5, and again hinted at the final schools he is considering. Given that our emoji-science is correct on this, the five-star will choose between Texas, LSU, TCU, Ohio State and Michigan.
June 5th is the date stay tuned‼️ ⭕️〽️— Thebjfoster (@nofear_2) May 22, 2017
Hometown school Texas has long been the favorite to land Foster, and the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions support this with the Longhorns receiving 100 percent of the votes.
Unable to get Foster on campus would appear to hurt the Buckeyes chances in landing him, but the recent success Ohio State has had at the position has allowed them to remain a legitimate contender.
Even if Foster spurns Ohio State in favor of former Buckeye coordinator Tom Herman and the Longhorns, don’t expect the Buckeyes to stop recruiting him. Foster is a top-level talent and is seen as the No. 15 overall recruit in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He would make for a perfect fit in Ohio State’s secondary, and Meyer knows this.
Key Ohio State ILB target sets commitment date
The coming weeks will be very important in shaping how Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class will look when it is all said and done. This is because the team also learned yesterday that another elite defensive recruit will be announcing his decision soon.
Four-star inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell (Virginia Beach, VA / Bishop Sullivan Catholic) took to Twitter late Monday evening to let everyone know he will be announcing his school of choice June 2.
Mitchell, the No. 2 ILB in the country, has long looked at the Ohio State program in high regards and has become one of the programs most sought after recruits. With more than 30 scholarship offers, he has had the difficult task of narrowing down an impressive list and has finally decided on a top two of Florida State and Ohio State.
The race for Mitchell has been interesting and both programs are confident in their chances. The elite ILB has been vocal in his admiration of both programs and their coaches and he found time to take final visits to each of the schools in the last two months.
He last visited Columbus the weekend of April 8, but Florida State was able to get him on campus the weekend of the May 13. It is unknown if Mitchell has already made his decision between the two, but he knows enough to have the confidence of setting an announcement date.
Make sure to follow Land-Grant Holy Land, as the coming weeks will be very important for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State in good position for 2019 DB
After offering four-star DB Kaiir Elam (North Palm Beach, FL / The Benjamin School) last week, Elam reportedly has a strong affection for the program.
Elam, who is already seen as one of the top DBs in the 2019 class, was offered by Ohio State on May 17, bringing his total offer count to 16. He spoke with Alex Gleitman of BuckNuts yesterday and he talked about the admiration and respect he has for the program and its head coach.
“It's a blessing and I'm thankful,” Elam said to Gleitman, referring to the offer. “But now I have to prove to everyone that I deserve what was given. OSU has one of the greatest head coaches of all-time and is a winning program.”
Home-state school Florida is currently viewed as having the upper-hand in Elam’s recruitment, but it is extremely early. In his discussion with Gleitman, he mentioned he plans on making a return trip to Columbus this summer after first visiting this same time last year. That visit will shed more light on Ohio State’s chances on landing Elam.
- The Buckeyes are no longer in consideration for four-star DE Max Wright after he left the team out of his top 11 schools.
- Ohio State’s basketball program missed out on a crucial graduate transfer from Howard in James Daniel. Leading the point for Howard, Daniel was the leading scorer in all of college basketball two seasons ago. Daniel chose Tennessee over Ohio State and DePaul.