Today marks officially under two weeks until Ohio State’s long anticipated kickoff against Big Ten foe Indiana. With thirteen days until the season starts, Urban Meyer and his staff have given a whole new meaning to the term development as they’ve shown nothing but talent from incoming freshmen to fifth year seniors on this 2017 roster. With the incoming freshmen losing their “black stripes” at a record pace, this continues to prove not only how good this team is shaping up to be, but also just how high-quality the recruits this staff continues to bring to Columbus year in and year out are.
Bucks trending up again?
When it comes to the defensive side of the ball in the Ohio State 2018 recruiting cycle, the Buckeyes have basically been able to call their shots. Landing an incredible amount of 4- and 5-star prospects, it’s easy to see why the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer have the number one ranked recruiting class in the country. However, with so many studs and tremendous successes this recruiting class, there’s still one puzzle piece Meyer and Larry Johnson would love to add.
Enter Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA/Harrisburg). Parsons is certainly not a new name to Buckeye recruiting followers. Ever since his de-commitment from Penn State, Ohio State has been considered the serious favorite to land yet another monster defensive-end prospect when Parsons makes the final call. The 6'3, 235-pound freak athlete is currently not only ranked as the top prospect in Pennsylvania, but also the top prospect at his position in the entire country for 2018.
2 official visits set & decision "soon" for 5-star Micah Parsons https://t.co/TzUFL1fVsO #Buckeyes #Huskers #FSU #PSU #USC #Bama pic.twitter.com/xltQWQ01JN— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) August 17, 2017
Yesterday, in an article with Rivals.com, Micah took the time to answer some questions and give the latest in his very own recruiting sweepstakes. Not only did he mention that he will give Ohio State an official visit during the Penn State home game, but also that Ohio State and Nebraska are the two schools leading the pack in his recruitment. With the good news about Ohio State, this only helps aid the feelings that the Buckeyes will in fact be the eventual landing spot when Parsons does decide to end his recruitment. That too could happen sooner rather than later because in the same Rivals.com article, Micah did mention he plans to enroll early to his college destination. Could good news be coming? We shall see later this fall.
Battin set to visit OSU Basketball
Since the start of the Chris Holtmann saga at the helm of the Ohio State men’s basketball program, recruiting has seemed to peak in importance. With so many top targets considering the Buckeye basketball program as their future college destination, it’s not too hard to see why Holtmann was the right man for the job. An exciting jolt to the program, this season of Ohio State basketball has been long overdue.
2018 6'10 F Riley Battin's Official Visits:— Justin Downer (@CoachJDowner) August 17, 2017
September 1 @ Davisdson
September 15 @ Utah
October 13 @ Ohio State
October 20 @ Vanderbilt pic.twitter.com/52AqLVAPJj
Yesterday, the momentum surrounding the basketball recruiting continued when Riley Battin (Oak Park, CA/Oak Park) announced he would make an official visit to Columbus to see what Ohio State has to offer. The 6'9, 220-pound power forward grades out as a 3-star prospect, but the 15th-best power forward in the country. With nearly 20 offers, Battin’s star status may make a serious jump in the coming months before his final decision is made.
With offers from schools such as Clemson, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, and more, it’s clear why so many programs are high on Riley’s abilities. Given the size he possesses, the power forward could also transition to play center if needed. With an official visit set to Ohio State on the calendar for October 13, Holtmann and the Bucks will do their best to lay out the red carpet and show exactly why Ohio State is back in business.