As Ohio State prepares to put this past weekend's loss against Oklahoma in the rear view and get set for Saturday’s contest against Army, Land-Grant Holy Land gets you caught up on the latest in Buckeye recruiting.
Wray talks Ohio State visit
This past Saturday, Ohio State played host to many top prospects during the disappointing performance against the Sooners. One of those players in attendance was ‘20 OT Jake Wray of Franklin (TN), who the Buckeyes are currently big favorites for.
Wray, a 6'5, 290-pounder, sat down with 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic to discuss the visit to Columbus and how things went despite the outcome.
“The coaches – I give them props,” Jake said. “After the tough loss, it would be hard to come out and talk to us, talk about the game. It impressed me the way they did it. You could tell it hurt a lot.”
The Tennessee talent also revealed to Kurelic that one thing he wanted to see on Saturday was how the offense performed. One would think that Wray didn’t come away too impressed with that side of the ball, but all things considered, it sure seems like Wray had a fine visit to Ohio Stadium.
“The game experience was a lot cooler than I thought it would be. I really liked how the fans stayed even though Ohio State didn’t win”
Perhaps that is something Wray will be able to experience firsthand, as the current expectation is for the four-star to become a Buckeye when all is said and done. Obviously Wray has a long way to go in his recruitment, but he does hold an offer from Ohio State already. His brother Max Wray, who is also a four-star OT, is a current puzzle piece in the Buckeyes' current No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the country.
The younger Wray would be an exceptional addition to the program, if the staff can ultimately reel him in when the time comes. For now, Jake is penciled in as a Top 100 prospect by 247Sports. He’s also listed as the eighth-best tackle in his class and the sixth-best player from the state of Tennessee.
Holtmann to host four
While the football squad will be focused on their battle with the Black Knights, new Ohio State head basketball coach Chris Holtmann will have his hands full with a few top basketball recruits who are expected on campus. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, Ohio State will be hosting ‘18 SG Eric Hunter, ‘18 PG Andrew Nembhard, ‘18 C Morris Udeze, and ‘18 PG Duane Washington this weekend for official visits.
Nembhard and Udeze will be making their way up from Florida to see what the Buckeyes have to offer. Nembhard is a high four-star prospect with a dozen offers under his belt. The top-10 PG in the country is down to Connecticut, Florida, Gonzaga, Maryland, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Stanford, USC, and Virginia. As for Udeze, who had an in-home visit with the Buckeyes yesterday, he is down to Butler, LSU, Ohio State, TCU, and Wichita State.
Coming all the way to Columbus from California is three-star PG Duane Washington of Sierra Canyon High School. Washington holds about 30 offers to his name including Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, UCLA, and many more. The Buckeyes offered Washington back in late August.
Lastly, Eric Hunter will be in the 614 after a short trip from Indianapolis — a city that Holtmann is all too familiar with. Hunter, much like Washington, is a three-star prospect. At this time, Hunter has 11 offers to sort through when it’s time for him to make his decision. Back in June, Hunter revealed a top 6 that included Butler, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, and Xavier. Hunter has already officially visited the Boilermakers with trips to see the Buckeyes, Golden Gophers, and Musketeers on deck. That means the Bulldogs and Cornhuskers are likely the two schools fighting for that final visit.