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Ohio State sends an offer to 2019 TE

The Buckeyes are trying to get another recruit from the Sunshine State.

Keon Zipperer

Zipperer gets an offer

On Tuesday morning, the Ohio State coaching staff offered 2019 tight end Keon Zipperer. Zipperer, from Lakeland, Fla., is the No. 73 ranked player in his class, according to 247Sports. With this offer, it brings Zipperer to a total of 11. Other notable offers include Florida, Florida State, Auburn and LSU.

On the football field, Zipperer is an instant mismatch on each play. He already stands at nearly 6-foot-3 and can outrun linebackers while proving to be too much to handle for defensive backs. He is also a willing blocker who will only continue to get better with time. The Buckeyes will have their work cut out in this recruitment as it won’t be an easy task to pull Zipperer from the elite southern schools. Ohio State’s hope is that they can get him on campus sometime soon to start building relationships between him and the entire coaching staff.

Expect Zipperer to be one of the most heralded recruits in the class of 2019.

Hawkins narrows down the list

Though it isn’t news that will come as a shock, in-state four-star defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins is starting to lock onto a handful of schools, and one of those schools going forward will be Ohio State—this coming from 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic. Hawkins is a top 300 player that Ohio State has been in on from the start of his recruitment. However, being one of the best from Ohio doesn’t mean he is a lock to sign with the Buckeyes. Cincinnati and Penn State have gained a lot momentum over the last few months and those programs won’t make it easy for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will take their time on the interior defensive line for the rest of this cycle and continue to evaluate who the right players are to take in 2018.