We’ve made it this far and there’s no turning back. Finally, after much anticipation, there is officially under a week until Ohio State plays Big Ten foe Indiana in the first conference season opener in thirty years. With the Buckeyes heading west and all eyes on former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson (now with Ohio State), the drama for this matchup has certainly drawn interest from the nation as ESPN’s College Gameday will also be in attendance. With recruiting taking a little bit of a backseat with the season’s approach and rightfully so, there’s still some action that could give the Buckeyes something to celebrate prior to next Thursday’s opener.
All signs for Blue pointing Scarlet?
A name certainly not new to the recruiting scene for the Buckeyes, L’Christian “Blue” Smith, is set to make his final decision this coming Sunday on ESPN when his Warriors head to Pennsylvania for their first game of the season. Smith is a standout athlete at one of the top programs in all of Ohio, Huber Heights Wayne.
3 days.....— BLUE (@bluesmith_) August 24, 2017
A recruitment that has been followed closely over the past year or more, Blue has been a hot commodity at times. A two horse race for the most part between Ohio State and Kentucky, Blue recently made sure everyone paying attention was aware that nearby Cincinnati was also still in the mix. However, any school but Kentucky or Ohio State as the destination would be a major surprise.
From the get go, the Buckeyes being the home team and easily a top three program in the country would have to appeal to Blue. But the fans and Kentucky in general certainly pulled at the heartstrings for one of the nation’s top prospects. So much, in fact, that Kentucky was thought to be the clear cut frontrunner for Blue. It also helped Big Blue Nation's cause that there was a rumor of Smith being looked at by Ohio State as a tight end and not a receiver.
Hold the phone, though. A trip to Columbus this past May meant Blue and his father meeting personally with Urban Meyer and ironing out the situation and shutting down any tight end rumor. L’Christian came away feeling the Ohio State love. Fast forward to now, and the good news may be all but set in stone as the Crystal Ball picks coming in are doing nothing but favoring Ohio State.
With Sunday fast approaching, Urban Meyer and receiver coach Zach Smith have to love what they’re hearing regarding the nation’s fourth-best athlete and Ohio’s fourth-best player in all of 2018. A Sunday announcement on ESPN set for 1:00pm should in all likelihood bring Ohio State not only their first receiver commit for the 2018 class, but maybe even more importantly, keeping one of Ohio’s best at home to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray. However, only time will tell.
For your viewing pleasure
If you’re interested in what Ohio State is bringing to the table in the 2018 class, then look no more. It’s evident Urban Meyer plans on making history with this current recruiting class. Last year, Ohio State’s 2017 class earned themselves the highest average star ranking 247Sports has ever tallied. This year looks to be no different, as the Buckeyes are absolutely loaded and have zero plans on stopping that trend any time soon.
One commit to the 2018 class, Josh Proctor, the ninth-best safety in America and Oklahoma’s third-best prospect of any position, competes in his second game of the season tonight. If it’s anything like his first, Buckeye fans will be pleased with what is coming in the near future. You can even view it for yourself this evening. It’s a great time to be a Ohio State football fan and until next Thursday, watching the future of Buckeye football will have to do.