Griffith down to seven
Ohio State currently has a firm grasp on the No. 2 recruiting class in the country and continues to inch closer and closer to Miami (FL) for the top spot in the 2018 cycle. Looking at the secondary specifically, the Buckeyes already have guys like Sevyn Banks, Josh Proctor and Jaiden Woodbey committed on the back end. On Wednesday, they got a little bit closer to adding yet another blue-chip prospect to join the trio.
2018 cornerback Houston Griffith of IMG Academy (FL) — a program that Ohio State has had tremendous success at — revealed his top seven schools in his recruitment, and now, the Buckeyes know who their primary competition going forward will be for the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder.
As you can see in the tweet above, also in the mix for Griffith is Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas. Taking a look at the 247Sports Crystal Ball for the nation’s 51st best prospect in the class, the Fighting Irish seem to have the upper hand. Brian Kelly and the program in South Bend, Ind. have accumulated 78 percent of the predictions. With that being said, Griffith was in Columbus, Ohio two days ago. We will see if that trip to the Buckeyes campus changes things.
Thibodeaux hopes to hear from Bucks
Shifting gears to next year’s group, there is one person who would specifically like to garner some attention from Ohio State in his recruiting process. That would be ‘19 defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oaks Christian (CA) - the early No. 1 player in the class, according to 247Sports.
“Hopefully they are interested,” Thibodeaux told Alex Gleitman of Bucknuts.com after stating that the program has yet to reach out to the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder continued by telling 247Sports that Ohio State would be one of his “top schools” and that they would be a school that he would be “interested” in.
With Thibodeaux speaking highly of the Buckeyes, don’t be surprised if things move quickly here. For the time being, the standout defensive lineman has secured over 25 offers. Schools like Alabama, Florida, FSU, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, UCLA, USC and many more have already offered. Expect Ohio State to follow suit sooner rather than later for the prospect, who is currently favored to wind up as a Trojan at USC.
Nester close to a decision
Sticking to the script of prospects in next year’s cycle, one name to watch going forward for the Scarlet and Gray is ‘19 offensive tackle Doug Nester of Spring Valley (WV). In a video interview with LandOf10.com’s Ben Axelrod, Nester revealed that he is coming closer to the end of the his recruitment after participating in Ohio State’s one-day camp on Tuesday.
Whether or not that is good news for the Buckeyes remains to be seen. With that being said, for the time being, it definitely seems to be something worth being optimistic about. When asked by Axelrod about a time frame on a decision, Nester stated about a month or so.
Nester is currently listed as a top 50 player in his class. In addition to that, the Huntington, W. Va. native is also graded out as the fifth best offensive tackle and the second best player from his state. We will see sooner rather than later if Ohio State has done enough to ultimately bring him to Columbus.