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Can Ohio State get an elite 2019 OL out of Michigan?

The Buckeyes may be in a battle for one of the best prospects from the Great Lake State.

Devontae Dobbs

Today marks that we’re now 69 days away until Ohio State kickoffs against Indiana in the 2017 season opener. With time fleeting faster each day, the OSU football staff certainly has their work cut out for them in terms of getting another youthful roster ready to compete on the highest stage of college football. Poised to make another threat at a National Championship, Meyer knows just how critical the summer and fall camp is leading up to the season’s start. While getting the current roster ready for fall is one part of the job, another – equally important – part is recruiting.

Poaching season?

It’s been mentioned countless times, but recruiting for Ohio State is an endless business. One aspect that makes recruiting seemingly never-ending is when a rival state owns one of the nation’s top prospects. When it comes to Michigan, Devontae Dobbs (Belleville, MI / Belleville) is currently ranked as the No. 3 best offensive tackle in the country and the No. 2 overall player in the state of Michigan for the 2019 class.

A 6-foot-4, 270-pound monster, Dobbs is a prospect that can never get enough opportunities to develop his game. With how much Dobbs takes advantage of nearly every camp opportunity, it’s not hard to see why he owns nearly 40 scholarship offers and a five-star status. The Buckeyes will have to pay close attention to this stud, being that he’s behind enemy lines – and it would be huge to steal a prized recruit from Big Ten foes, but even more so because he’s easily one of the best players in the country.

Yesterday, the “Dean” of Ohio State recruiting, Bill Kurelic, took the time to write a piece on Dobbs, and to make known that Devontae certainly intends to visit Ohio State again this summer. While he’s certainly been no stranger around Columbus, Ohio, making several visits already, Dobbs has plans to visit Michigan today, but also Columbus once more proving this battle between rivals will only heat up even stronger.

As this race for Dobbs seems to be between Ohio State and Michigan, it’s important to realize Kerry Coombs has already gone into Michigan multiple times and poached a prize recruit under Michigan and Michigan State’s nose. Will it happen again in 2019? Time will only tell, but things certainly seem to be heading in the right direction.

Bucks still in it for 2018 OL

Oh look! Another day, another success story for Ohio State recruiting, as they find themselves yet again making the cut for a top prospect as he narrows his list of schools before making the final call. A trend that almost occurs daily, it’s hard to not take for granted the success Ohio State is having with their recruiting efforts nationwide.

Yesterday, 2018 offensive tackle John Campbell (Orlando, FL / Dr. Phillips) cut his list to eight schools. Making the cut for Campbell were USC, UCLA, Miami, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Ohio State.

The three-star, 6-foot-5, 285-pound stud is a top 40 tackle in the country and a top 100 prospect in the very talent-rich state of Florida. However, space in the class may be a problem, as the Buckeyes already have four-star tackle Max Wray in the fold, and are pursuing the top in-state OT in Jackson Carman.

As it stands now, the home-state Miami Hurricanes look like the ones to beat for his services, however, until pen hits paper, it’s anyone’s game.