With the college football recruiting world entering a quiet-period yesterday, it would be understandable if Ohio State’s head football coach Urban Meyer decided to celebrate his 53rd birthday in peace and quiet. However, Meyer doesn’t work that way and it is that kind of attitude and approach that has led him to be recognized as one of the top coaches in the country. Therefore it should come as no surprise that plenty of recruiting news relating to the Buckeyes broke yesterday.
Possibly the biggest news was that the visitor list for Ohio State’s annual Friday Night Lights camp continued to grow when wide receiver Jahan Dotson (Nazareth, PA / Nazareth) added his name to the list.
The four-star wideout confirmed with Tom VanHaaren of ESPN that he would be in attendance for what has become Ohio State’s biggest recruiting event, set to take place later this month on July 21.
ESPN 300 WR Jahan Dotson, ranked No. 138 overall, said he'll be at Ohio State's FNL on July 21.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 10, 2017
Dotson is seen as one of the top WRs in the country, ranked as the No. 93 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 19 WR, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The blue-chip prospect is a speedy WR and is electric with the ball in his hands, also being used to return kicks on special teams for his high school team. Standing at 5-foot-11 and 165-pounds, the Buckeyes would love to earn his commitment as the team has yet to add a true WR prospect in this years recruiting class.
Despite Ohio State once being viewed as the favorite to land Dotson, The Buckeyes have their hands full in securing a commitment from him. Big Ten foe Penn State is now seen as the runaway favorite to land the hometown kid with Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee also in the mix.
However, FNL creates a powerful atmosphere in The Shoe and Dotson wouldn’t be the first surprise commit to take place during the event. Last year’s camp saw the Buckeyes earn commitments from three prospects, including former five-star standout and current Buckeye DE Chase Young.
Updated 247Sports 2018 recruiting class rankings
Multiple Buckeye commits and targets saw their recruiting rankings change yesterday when 247Sports updated its 2018 recruiting class rankings. Surprisingly, multiple Buckeye commits saw a decline in their star rankings, so much so, the recruiting database no longer views any member of the Buckeyes’ class as a five-star prospect.
However, not every Buckeye commit and target received bad news from the updates. Buckeye running back commit, Master Teague (Murfreesboro, TN / Blackman) earned a fourth star and saw his ranking jump up an incredible 152 spots, now being seen as the No. 50 overall prospect in the class.
Buckeye tight end target Jeremy Ruckert (Lindenhurst, NY / Lindenhurst) also saw his ranking rise jumping to No. 11 from No. 35. Ruckert, who will be deciding between Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin on July 17, also earned a fifth star coming off an impressive showing at The Nike Opening Finals earlier this month.
The full breakdown of Ohio State’s 2018 commits were as followed:
- No. 18 four-star DT Taron Vincent (-8)
- No. 33 four-star S Josh Proctor (-9)
- No. 42 four-star S Jaiden Woodbey (-11)
- No. 45 four-star APB Jaelen Gill (-4)
- No. 50 four-star RB Master Teague (+152)
- No. 51 four-star OLB Dallas Gant (-28)
- No. 55 four-star OG Matthew Jones (-9)
- No. 56 four-star DE Brenton Cox (-8)
- No. 58 four-star OT Max Wray (-7)
- No. 82 four-star QB Emory Jones (-9)
- No. 114 four-star RB Brian Snead (-11)
- No. 149 four-star ILB Teradja Mitchell (-12)
As should be expected, the majority of these future Buckeyes were not happy with the update and some expressed their opinions via Twitter.
247 hates buckeyes ♂️ geesh . It's okay season coming up y'all a see— ™⁷ (@WhosThatNumber7) July 11, 2017
All these ranking websites got me bent , guess I got to continue to prove people wrong ♂️— Jaiden Woodbey (@JaidenWoodbey) July 10, 2017
- Ohio State basketball new head coach Chris Holtmann earned his first commitment for the 2018 class in four-star SG Torrence Watson.