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Key Ohio State recruiting target postpones college commitment plans

The Buckeyes will have to wait to land a top 2018 defensive end.

Jayson Oweh and Larry Johnson.

Despite rumors that he would commit in the coming weeks, one of the Ohio State Buckeyes' top remaining class of 2018 prospects will hold off on announcing his college commitment for now.

With many believing he would select between either Ohio State, Notre Dame, or Penn State soon, four-star defensive end Jayson Oweh will now wait to pick his college destination until the Under Armour All-American game.

Oweh, who suits up at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ, had made visits to all three programs this month. Pushing back his pledge helps other programs move in and try to pursue the 6'5, 236-pounder, making guesses his college plans even harder.

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes already hold verbal commitments from Brenton Cox and Andrew Chatfield, but that isn’t keeping them from trying to secure other pass rushing threats in their 2018 class.

Other than Oweh, Ohio State is also actively recruiting linemen such as Micah Parsons and Tyreke Smith.

Who will end up in the Scarlet and Gray? I guess we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out. Stick with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.

Buckeyes dish out new offers

Out on the recruiting trail checking in on most of their top targets on the AAU circuit, newly hired Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann and his group of assistant coaches offered a pair of the top hoopers in the state of Ohio over the weekend.

Watching his recruitment starting to take off after flying under the radar, Jaxson Hayes, a 6'10 power forward out of Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, added Ohio State to growing list of scholarship offers on Friday.

Now holding offers from not just Ohio State, but also programs such as Texas, Xavier, Illinois, Purdue, TCU, and New Mexico, the 2018 big man is starting to be a hot commodity on the recruiting scene.

Though he's starting to set up college visits, Hayes has yet to schedule a trip to Columbus, but has plans to make trips to Butler, Xavier, and Texas soon.

While he might not be a 2018 prospect, 2019 Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joseph small forward Alonzo Gaffney also locked in an offer from Holtmann and company on Friday.

Like Hayes, the 6'8 Gaffney has his fair share of college opportunities currently on the table. With offers from programs spread out across the country, OSU, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, and Penn State are just a few of the schools trying to add the Cleveland native to their roster at the moment.

Considered the 39th small forward and 121st-overall prospect in the 2019 class, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Gaffney was a key reason why Villa Angela St. Joseph walked away with a state title last season. As a sophomore leader for the Vikings, the standout averaged 14 points and six rebounds a contest.

Quick Hits

  • 2018 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins won’t be heading to Columbus to play his college ball. Announcing his final two on Saturday, the four-star-rated Hawkins, an early Ohio State lean, is now down to Cincinnati and Penn State.
  • Theo Wease, a five-star-rated 2019 wide receiver, released his top 14 yesterday. Still fighting out for a pledge from the 6'3, 190-pounder are Ohio State, Arizona State, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
  • Five-star class of 2018 defensive end KJ Henry will reportedly cut his list from well over 25 potential landing spots down to five this evening. Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Virginia Tech are just a few of the programs to offer the Clemmons, NC native a scholarship throughout the recruiting process.