Urban Meyer is in the middle of building one of Ohio State’s top recruiting classes in program history. Currently the Buckeyes hold the top spot in the 247Sports recruiting class rankings for 2018; however, the program has yet to earn a commitment from a wide receiver. The team is hoping to change this sooner rather than later as one of their top WR targets is scheduled to announce his collegiate decision in the coming weeks.
L’Christian “Blue” Smith (Dayton, OH/Wayne) has been viewed by most recruiting databases as an athlete, with some schools looking at him as a WR and others at TE. However, if Smith’s performance at Ohio State’s recruiting camp Friday Night Lights this past weekend tells us anything, it's that the Buckeyes view him as a WR, and one of their favorites.
Smith is being heavily recruited by Ohio State, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Michigan and he hopes to come to a conclusion soon. Bill Greene of Scout.com spoke with Smith at FNL and Smith told him he plans to make an official announcement Aug. 27.
The battle for the four-star recruit appears to be a two dog race, with Ohio State and Kentucky being the front runners to land him. Both schools have been heavily targeting him throughout his recruitment and he has yet to hint at which direction he is leaning.
Ohio State is viewed as the favorite to land Smith, who is the No. 4 recruit in the state of Ohio and the No. 115 overall prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Along with Smith, the Buckeyes are also heavily recruiting four-star WR target Kamryn Babb (Saint Louis, MO/Christian Brothers College). The two would make for an exciting duo to go along with five-star tight end commit Jeremy Ruckert and four-star all-purpose back Jaelen Gill.
5-star 2019 WR to announce top schools soon
Continuing with the WR position, Ohio State is hoping that it will make the cut when one of the best in the 2019 recruiting class releases his top schools.
Five-star WR Theo Wease (Allen, TX/Allen) holds offers from the top football programs in the country, with 33 reported scholarship offers including Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, Houston, TCU, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Miami, UNC, Michigan, Nebraska and plenty of others. Wease has yet to list his favorites among the impressive group, but plans to narrow them down soon.
Ohio State is one of the favorites to make the cut, along with Oklahoma and home-state schools Texas and TCU. The Buckeyes have yet to add a verbal commitment to their 2019 recruiting class, focusing most of their attention on finalizing their No. 1 ranked 2018 class.
If the No. 6 WR and No. 35 overall recruit in next year’s class does include Ohio State in his top schools, expect the coaching staff to try their best to get him to visit Columbus multiple times over the next two years.
Ohio State offers 4-star PG
Since Chris Holtmann took over the Ohio State basketball head coaching gig, he has been hard at work hitting the recruiting trail. This trend continued this week as the program offered one of the country’s top recruits yesterday.
Four-star PG Noah Locke is the No. 15 PG in the 2018 recruiting class and is the nation’s No. 80 overall prospect in next year’s class. The 6'2, 160-pound guard holds offers from 33 different programs across the country, with the most recent coming from Ohio State.
Currently, Kansas is seen as the favorite to land Locke, with Michigan, Providence, and Cincinnati not far behind. However, the recent Ohio State offer puts the Buckeyes squarely in the mix.
Holtmann has shown his impressive ability to bring in top recruits, earning three commitments already in his short time at Ohio State. With three-star SG Torrence Watson already committed to the Buckeyes in 2018, Locke would be a tremendous addition to a team looking to add elite, young talent.
Look for the Buckeyes to do their best to get him on campus sometime this year.
Ohio State LB position begins to clear up
One-time Ohio State lean and four-star inside linebacker Michael Harris (Tucker, GA / Tucker) committed to Auburn yesterday over schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, and multiple others.
Harris had worked out for Ohio State earlier this summer and had told multiple sources that he held the Buckeyes as his top school of choice. However, with space being limited in this year’s class, Harris committed to Auburn instead.
Ohio State already holds verbal commitments from four-star ILB Teradja Mitchell and four-star OLB Dallas Gant. The team is also likely to be landing a commitment from four-star ILB K’Vaughan Pope, who is now scheduled to commit between Ohio State and Georgia August 4.
God works in mysterious ways . there's a blessing with my name on it . August 4th i will be making my commitment! STAY TUNED‼️— THE POPE (@Pop3Bad_81) July 22, 2017
Pope has long been an Ohio State lean and has been wanting to commit to the Buckeyes for a while now but has been unable to do so due to academic reasons. However, it appears as though the University is ready to accept his commitment and Pope will likely be a Buckeye baring any last-second surprises.
Ohio State is also in the mix for four-star ILB Solomon Tuliaupupu and four-star OLB Christopher Oats. It appears that for Harris, Ohio State’s inability to guarantee him a spot in the class led him to commit to Auburn and had nothing to do with him losing interest in the school. This is one of the few negative side effects of being one of the most popular schools among the country’s top recruits. However, it appears that both the Buckeyes and Smith have decided to do what was best for both by going on their separate ways.