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Ohio State sends out offers to top prospects from Georgia and Texas

The recruiting train from Columbus never stops rolling.

Andrew Booth Jr.
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Yesterday, Ohio State’s football players checked in to their hotel for the duration of fall camp. As the Buckeyes continue to get down to business ahead of their opener against conference foe Indiana, Urban Meyer knows the time is now to get ready. In what was a jam-packed weekend to say the least, Ohio State picked up not one, but two commitments. Even Ohio State basketball kept up with the pace as nearly any target they’ve offered placed the Bucks in their top schools. It’s a great time to be a Buckeye fan, and with two of the major sports excelling in their recruiting efforts, the momentum doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon.

Georgia stud picks up OSU offer

If there’s a state Urban Meyer and his staff are continuing to dominate in year after year it’s Georgia. The Peach State is steadily proving to be a hotbed for the Buckeyes' recruiting efforts and it’s paying off quite well. With prospects coming north to Columbus in each and every recruiting cycle, Ohio State has not only made its presence known in Georgia, the Buckeyes have let the Peach State know they have no intention of leaving any time soon.

Yesterday, the chase to find Georgia stars continued when Ohio State dished out an offer to 2019 cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (Lawrenceville, GA/Archer). The 6'0, 180-pound prospect is already the owner of double digit offers, but with two full seasons left to be played in his prep career, the list will surely continue to grow. Schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State amongst others are already in the fold, but so far, Clemson is thought to be the clear leader in this recruitment. The Tigers currently own every 247Sports crystal ball prediction. It’s still early, and Urban Meyer has a great track record in the south, so this recruitment is far from over.

Bucks head back to the Lone Star State

In the 2017 class (and really in Urban Meyer’s whole tenure), Texas has been more than good to Ohio State. In the 2018 class, the Buckeyes are looking to invade once again and add top defensive back Anthony Cook to their already-beyond-loaded class. Yesterday, the Buckeyes may have gotten a jumpstart to their 2019 Texas efforts as they sent out an offer to another Texas stud.

2019 outside linebacker Marcel Brooks (Flower Mound, TX/Marcus) was on the receiving end of the Ohio State offer and it’s easy to see why. Only a sophomore, at an impressive 6'3, 200 pounds, Brooks is already ranked as the nation’s seventh-best outside linebacker and the 13th-best prospect overall in the state of Texas for the 2019 class. As if those weren't enough accolades, the recipient of nearly 20 offers is also the 85th-best prospect in the entire country for 2019.

With offers from the likes of TCU, Texas, Baylor, Florida State, Oklahoma, LSU, and others, it’s no surprise why Ohio State decided to get into the mix. With the stellar talents they have received from Texas recently, they may just be hoping for some of the same in Brooks. Texas is currently thought to be the favorite to land Brooks when all is said and done, but as Meyer continues to recruit against his former assistant, Tom Herman, it’s easy to see the Texas-to-Ohio State pitch will be a major selling point.

Will it be OSU?

The 2018 class has yet to see a receiver commit, but with in-state talent L’Christian “Blue” Smith and Missouri star Kamryn Babb closing in on their decisions, Urban Meyer and position coach Zack Smith have every reason to believe they are in a great position to land one if not both of these top talents. However, if a third receiver was to be accepted, a newer name may have to come to the surface. That name may be closer than expected.

The aforementioned Kamryn Babb attends Christian Brothers College Prep in St. Louis, Missouri, and while he may be the star of the show, there’s another talent that has some serious star-power in his own right. Enter 4-star receiver prospect Cameron Brown, a 6'1, 175-pound speedster. Brown is another playmaker worthy of the attention.

Yesterday, Brown took to twitter to announce the final five schools he will be deciding from later today when he makes his commitment. Included in the top five were Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, Missouri, and Ohio State. In this recruitment, the smart money is on Nebraska, but the only other school to own a percentage of the crystal ball predictions is Ohio State. While Brown isn’t a name that Buckeye recruiting involves steadily, anything is possible, and later today we will find out if it’s Ohio State or another one of the other four schools.

Quick Hits:

  • In-state 4-star point guard Jeremiah Francis (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington Central), the top overall player in Ohio for the 2019 class, listed the Buckeyes in his top 10 schools yesterday. Making the cut were West Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida State, Purdue, Missouri, TCU, Iowa, and Dayton along with Ohio State.
  • Recently offered small forward Aaron Henry (Indianapolis, IN/Ben Davis) included Ohio State in his top five schools yesterday along with Butler, Michigan State, Illinois, and Xavier.
  • 4-star Montverde Academy point guard and 2018 prospect Michael Devoe named his top eight schools on twitter over the weekend. Making the cut besides Ohio State were USC, Clemson, Wake Forest, UCONN, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Indiana.