4-star OSU target schedules commit announcement
Ohio State football is still in the hunt for another top prospect in the 2018 class. In-state product Tyreke Smith (Cleveland, OH/Cleveland Heights) will make his commitment announcement at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 4, 2018.
I am NOT committed...I will make my commitment at the Under Armour All American Game @AllAmericaGame— Tyreke Smith™ (@T_23_baller) August 29, 2017
While he isn’t officially listed as a Buckeye commit, the recruiting world believes that the four-star defensive end will stay in Ohio, and play for the Buckeyes. All 20 predictions that have been filed in the 247sports Crystal Ball point to Smith going to Ohio State.
On Tuesday, Smith posted an image on Twitter that reinforces what the recruiting followers have believed.
Smith is considered by 247sports to be the No. 3 weak-side DE, the No. 3 player in the state of Ohio, and the 55th-best prospect in the whole 2018 class. With the high rating comes a high amount of offers. Thirty-eight schools have made it official that they want Smith to be part of their program—and that includes the likes of Alabama, Oregon, Penn State, and USC.
Over the summer, Smith made unofficial visits to Penn State. The Nittany Lions are one of the five programs that are still in the game for Smith’s commitment. The Crimson Tide, Ducks, and Trojans are joined with the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions in that hunt.
While nothing is set in stone yet, we’ll keep you posted if any more news breaks on Smith.
2018 center has Ohio State in Final 5
Right now, the Ohio State basketball team has zero commits in the 2018 recruiting cycle. They had one commit in 2018 guard Torrence Watson; however, on Aug. 28, the St. Louis native decommitted from the program.
But good news may be on its way for Chris Holtmann’s ‘18 class. Center Morris Udeze (Montverde, FL/Montverde Academy) put the Buckeyes in his Final 5. Udeze made the announcement by putting up a pretty slick graphic on Twitter.
OSU has some stiff competition for the Montverde, Fla., native. TCU, Wichita State, LSU, and Butler are all in the mix to land the three-star prospect. Already, Udeze has visited with Butler (Aug. 26) and Wichita State (June 12), according to his profile page on 247sports.
The next visit for Udeze will be with the Buckeyes on Sept. 15. Expect Holtmann and his staff to pull out the stops to try and get the 6'8 center to make his college plans run through Columbus. Plenty of schools have made an offer to Udeze; so far, he’s picked up 20 scholarships. 247sports has rated Udeze as the 21st-best center in his class, 24th-best player in the state of Florida, and the 252nd-best player in the entire 2018 cycle.
For the Bucks to be in the final five, it bodes well. Udeze still has two more official visits to take, if he wishes. But if the Buckeyes can make a good impression on the official visit in September, then Holtmann may (once again) get a commit for the 2018 class.