Ohio State awarded two scholarships earlier in the weekend to Elijaah Goins and Zach Turnure—members of the OSU football team. Before the weekend came to a close, the Buckeyes made an offer to one of the best defenseman in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
Looking for No. 1 in 2020
Cornerback Sheridan Jones (Virginia Beach, VA / Bishop Sullivan Catholic) was the one to pick up the coveted Scarlet and Gray offer. On Sunday, he made the accolade known via Twitter.
While some recruiting services haven’t graded Jones, 247sports has. Already, 247sports has awarded Jones a four-star ranking and has deemed him the top cornerback in the 2020 recruiting class. With that grade, it shouldn’t be a surprise that other top programs across the country have locked-in on the Virginia Beach native.
Of the 12 offers Jones has assembled, Alabama, Georgia and Florida State are a few of the recent ones. In late February, the Crimson Tide offer was given on the same day Jones attended a camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to 247sports. Jones’ 247sports profile page also notes the Georgia offer occurred on March 25 and the FSU offer arrived on May 12.
Other notable offers Jones has secured include Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Auburn. With plenty of time before Jones makes the decision on where he will attend college, expect more offers to pour in—and expect the Buckeyes to make a run at getting the Virginia native to Columbus, Ohio.
As of Monday, the Buckeyes have only offered one other CB in the 2020 class: four-star Dwight McGlothern. Both Jones and McGlothern sit at four-star ratings, but with the latest OSU offer coming in for Jones, expect the five-star rating to be rolled out at any given time.
Ohio native selects UNC for basketball
Pivoting to the hardwood, Chris Holtmann’s OSU basketball program got some recruiting news as their weekend was just beginning. 2019 point guard target Jeremiah Francis (Pickerington, OH / Pickerington Central) verbally committed to North Carolina on Friday.
Francis, a four-star, is graded as the best player in Ohio’s 2019 basketball class, according to 247sports. The Buckeyes were making a push to keep him within state lines, but a late push by the defending national champion Tar Heels was enough to sway the PG to Chapel Hill, N.C.
Just on Aug. 5, Francis had OSU in his top 10. Things seemed to bode well for Holtmann, as a 247sports article by Steve Helwagen noted that the new Buckeye coach made it a priority to get Francis to OSU. On top of that, Francis’ father was a captain at OSU. However, when UNC made Francis an offer on Aug. 2, things began to change in favor of Roy William’s program.