Yesterday, Urban Meyer and his staff were able to watch eight of their football players become graduates in the most recent class of The Ohio State University. A proud moment nonetheless, it’s also a simple reminder that in college football, the players that you so desperately coveted in the recruiting process are only in the program for so many seasons, making the feat true that recruiting has to be a never ending business. As Urban’s current players are reaching their goals, the next wave of players are soon on their way into Columbus. Fortunately for Buckeye fans, Urban Meyer and his staff are pretty solid at this recruiting gig.
Always looking to the future
When it comes to Ohio State recruiting news, the 2018 class is garnering all of the attention—and rightfully so. With 2018 being the next class on the clock, Meyer and his gang have really pressed hard and it’s paying off mightily. However, you can never recruit hard enough it seems, so looking to the future is not always a bad idea to try and get a leg up in building solid relationships with top prospects.
Over the weekend, Ohio State looked all the way to the 2020 class as they sent out their most recent football scholarship offer to Knoxville, Tenn. native Bryn Tucker. A 2020 offensive tackle, Tucker is currently only a Freshman in high school. However, when you already measure at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, it’s pretty tough to overlook this type of Freshman player. Just a Freshman, Tucker does not currently hold a ranking from 247sports, but with six early offers, he’s destined to be a top rated player when the time comes.
Being a Knoxville native and having the home state Volunteers just down the road, it’s easy to see why Tennessee is thought to be the clear-cut leader in this recruitment. With ample time until signing day 2020, it’s obvious there’s bound to be more top programs involved in the recruitment of Tucker. Fortunately, the Buckeyes offering this early in the game gives them the chance to build a relationship with the monster lineman.
50/50 shot for now
If there’s one position the Buckeyes are recruiting extremely hard on the defensive side of the ball, it’s at linebacker. With this year sure to be another stellar unit year for the linebackers, the NFL Draft, which Ohio State has owned recently, is sure to continue its Buckeye trend. With that, it’s not unlikely if Ohio State accepts pledges from three to even four linebackers in the 2018 class. Fortunately, like every position, Meyer and Bill Davis are sitting pretty for a load of linebacker talent in the current recruiting class.
One highly coveted linebacker is Virginia’s Teradja Mitchell. Down to two schools, the five-star inside LB, who is ranked as the second best at his postilion and the second best in Virginia for 2018, is nearing a decision. Estimated to commit to a school in the next month, Mitchell has some serious thinking to do before he makes the final call.
5-star LB Teradja Mitchell says he's torn 50-50 between FSU and Ohio State. Looking to commit later this month/early June. FSU visit on deck— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) May 7, 2017
Yesterday, via Twitter, a quote concerning Mitchell had Buckeye fans’ ears perking up a bit as the two schools Mitchell is down to are Ohio State and Florida State—and he currently is feeling each as 50/50 with no clear cut leader. While the Buckeyes beat out the Seminoles in the Taron Vincent recruitment, they are really hoping they can make it a perfect sweep by also outlasting FSU for their top target at inside linebacker.
Jones gets “open”
You can’t say it enough how instrumental it is in a recruiting class to not only land your top quarterback prospect, but to also see how he is being a clear leader in the class and doing his part as a salesman pitching the Buckeye program to other top prospects Ohio State is after. Emory Jones is that guy for the Buckeyes and his efforts on and off the field are showing exactly how important of a role he is playing in the 2018 class.
Yesterday, Jones continued adding to his already impressive resume by competing in the Nike The Opening regional camp. Doing what he does best, Jones walked away very pleased as he was invited to Nike’s The Opening, the premier recruiting circuit camp. Also, he was nominated as a finalist for the Elite11, which for quarterbacks is one of (if not the highest) honor you can earn in the recruiting process. Meyer and Ryan Day know exactly what they are getting in Jones, and the five-star signal caller doesn’t have plans on slowing this momentum any time soon.
- Thought to be a Buckeye lean, Georgia’s Michael Harris, a three-star LB, named his top seven school. Ohio State was one of them, and they were joined by LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
- Four-star 2018 offensive guard prospect Verdis Brown of IMG Academy named his top 10 schools. Making the cut were Florida State, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, LSU and Ohio State.
- Three-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies also named a top 10 over the weekend. Included were Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Oregon, Georgia Tech and Ohio State.
- Over the weekend, top Ohio State tight end target Jeremy Ruckert committed to play in the prestigious United States Army All-American game that takes place annually in San Antonio, Texas each January.