This past week has been a busy one for the Ohio State football staff. Between taking their current players paintballing and recruiting the country for the best talent they can find, Urban Meyer and his gang are keeping busy this off-season. In the meantime, as the fans wait for the Aug. 31 opener against conference foe Indiana, it looks like the fast lane is where the Buckeye football staff plan to stay.
Heading down the interstate
One of the reasons Ohio State football has had success is due in large part to the talent within the Buckeye borders. Easily a top five state in the country for high school football talent, it’s easy for Ohio State to look right in their own backyard as they try to bring the next great class to Ohio State football.
Yesterday, Coach Meyer and staff stayed within their border as they sent out their latest offer to Cincinnati native Zeke Correll. An Anderson high school sophomore, Correll measures out at 6-foot-3, 275 pounds and has two seasons left to grow and improve on his already stellar potential and talent. With offers from the likes of Kentucky, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Indiana, Vanderbilt and more, Ohio State decided to throw their hat into the ring.
I AM JUICED to announce that I just got offered by THE Ohio State University!!!! GO BUCKEYES BABY‼️ #GoBucks #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/fmXngKHSFi— Zeke Correll (@zekecorrell) May 25, 2017
A huge offer to add to his belt, Correll wasn’t shy in expressing just how much this one meant. While he doesn’t yet have a 247sports recruiting ranking, look for that to change as the Ohio State offer is sure to heave other top programs in the country start checking our Correll as they too do their research on his play. Fortunately, an in-state prospect receiving an offer from the in-state power certainly bodes well for the Buckeyes’ chances at landing this stud down the road.
4-star still likes OSU
Yesterday, a Houston four-star receiver, Al’vonte Woodard, announced via his Twitter account his final top five schools he will be considering before making a final decision on his college of choice. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound speedster, Woodard is currently ranked as the No. 12 best receiver prospect in the country and the seventh best prospect at any position in the entire state of Texas for the 2018 class.
TOP 5! TOP 5! TOP 5! pic.twitter.com/aogqou6E43— A.Woodard⁴ (@Vonte_4) May 26, 2017
With over 30 offers, to get down to five final schools is pretty serious. Joining Ohio State in Woodard’s top five are LSU, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M. While many believe this recruitment is really a Texas Longhorns battle to lose, there are still four other schools who seriously have a chance according to Woodard. Could this be the first real battle between former Buckeye coach Tom Herman and his old boss, Urban Meyer? Time will only tell, but certainly whatever school wins Al’vonte’s pledge will have a serious talent added to their 2018 class.
Another top schools list sees Bucks
It’s a common theme nowadays when a recruit make a top schools list that includes Ohio State. Seemingly every day that passes sees another top prep prospect considering the Buckeyes and what they have to offer. A great problem to have for Coach Meyer and his staff, there’s more recruits wanting to be be Buckeyes than the space allotted for in each class. With Meyer being able to be selective, it’s a great time to be a Buckeye fan.
Top 10 Schools pic.twitter.com/yoGZkZhgaZ— John Campbell (@_jcamp74) May 25, 2017
Yesterday, Orlando, Fla. native John Campbell, who has over 40 scholarship offers cut his list down to a final 10. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound three-star offensive tackle included Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA,and Ohio State. With Miami and Florida thought to be the leaders for Campbell, this recruitment may be staying close to home, but with Urban Meyer and his never ending presence in Florida, anything is possible.