Urban Meyer continues to prove that Ohio State is at the top of the college football recruiting world. It seems that every blue-chip prospect in the 2018 recruiting class is interested in the Buckeyes as the University continuously makes the cut for the country’s best recruits.
This trend continued Monday when one of the nation’s top cornerbacks included Ohio State in his top five schools.
Four-star cornerback Jalen Green (Houston, TX / Heights) listed Ohio State among the remaining schools he will focus on in his recruitment. Along with the Buckeyes, Green included Texas, Oregon, LSU and Penn State. Green is currently ranked as the No. 8 CB in the country and the No. 53 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Ohio State has shown plenty of interest in Green and would love to add him to their No. 1 ranked recruiting class. However, the Buckeyes will have their hands full in getting a commitment from Green as home state school Texas is seen as the clear favorite with 100 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions. That being said, Ohio State has been doing quick work in recruiting Green, offering him only a few months ago and already making the cut for his top five.
Green recently participated in Nike’s The Opening Finals in Oregon and was one of the more impressive defensive players at the event, along with fellow Ohio State CB commit Sevyn Banks.
Banks is currently the only true CB commit in Ohio State’s 2018 class, and adding a talent like Green to the Buckeyes secondary would be a big win for the program.
Crucial Ohio State DE target hints at FNL visit
Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp takes place this week and with it comes a highly-anticipated visitor list that includes some of the biggest names in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The annual event has quickly become one of the biggest recruiting camps in the country, creating an atmosphere that has led to countless commitments in previous recruiting cycles for the Buckeyes.
With well over 30 recruits expected to attend the event this Friday, one of the more prominent targets remaining on the Buckeyes’ big board has yet to confirm his attendance. However, it appears the wait may be over as Ohio State elite defensive end target Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA / Harrisburg) seems to be trying to find a ride to Columbus this weekend.
Alex Gleitman of BuckNuts was the first to report on Parsons’ Facebook post where he is asking for help finding a ride to Columbus this weekend.
While this is far from a confirmation that Parsons will be at FNL, it does show he is trying to make it to Ohio Stadium for the event.
Getting him on campus this weekend would be huge for Ohio State and its coaching staff as they work to try and earn a commitment from one of the top prospects in the 2018 class. Parsons is the top overall WDE in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the No. 5 overall prospect.
The one-time Penn State commit re-opened up his recruitment back in April and it was widely expected that Ohio State was the front-runner to steal him from Happy Valley following multiple visits to the program in just a couple months. However, since decommitting from Penn State, Parsons has decided to take his time and visit multiple top-level schools in the country and is far from a sure-fire get for Ohio State.
That being said, FNL creates an environment like no other and has proven to make lasting impressions on elite recruits year after year. If Parsons is able to find a ride to Columbus this weekend, he would not be on commitment watch, but it would definitely provide more insight into his thought process.
Future Buckeyes react to newest Ohio State commitment
Monday afternoon, Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class earned its 15th member in the country’s No. 1 TE Jeremy Ruckert. And while the Ohio State coaching staff certainly celebrated the huge victory, the other members of the Buckeyes’ recruiting class seemed to be just as excited and welcomed him to the team.
Four-star QB commit Emory Jones seems to be liking having another elite weapon to throw the ball to.
— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) July 17, 2017
Four-star all-purpose running back Jaelen Gill welcomed Ruckert to the Ohio State family, as did four-star RB Master Teague, and four-star outside linebacker Teradja Mitchell.
I love it welcome to the family bro bro ✊ https://t.co/Sa43rOY5XL— J-A-E- (@jaelengill21) July 17, 2017
Four-star Ohio State defensive end target Tyreke Smith and five-star DE target Micah Parsons also showed Ruckert some love. Both are Ohio State leans and the addition of Ruckert could help sway their decision.
- Ohio State four-star RB commit Brian Snead will be back up in Columbus this weekend for FNL. The future Buckeye committed to the University during last year’s camp.
- The Basketball Buckeyes picked up a grad-transfer from Michigan Monday afternoon.
- Four-star small forward and Columbus native Jerome Hunter spurned Ohio State Monday when he committed to Indiana.