It’s been a bit of a whirlwind this past week for the Ohio State football coaches and their team. With a loss to Oklahoma that has sent all of Ohio into a frenzy, or so it seems, Urban Meyer and his players are eager to get back onto the field and consistently improve on both offense and defense. With week three coming tomorrow, recruiting usually takes a backseat except for visits, but with the way Ohio State targets have been in the headlines lately for both their play and their words, recruiting doesn’t seem to be slowing down on any front.
Tarquin liking what he sees
Ohio State’s offensive line recruiting in the 2018 class is nothing short of exceptional. The same can be said of their 2019 class's fast start with the commitment from West Virginia’s Doug Nester, a top-three-ranked tackle in the country. With this fast start, Ohio State has the ability to be a bit selective to who else they would like to add to the mix for their 2019 trenches.
One guy that is certainly in the mix for the Buckeyes is Michael Tarquin (Belleview, Florida/Belleview). A 6'5, 290-pound tackle, Michael grades out currently as the nineteenth-best tackle in the country as well as the 25th-best prospect at any position in the always talented state of Florida. With nearly 20 offers from schools such as Clemson, Michigan, Miami, LSU, Florida State, and Ohio State, it’s not hard to see that Tarquin is a prospect any school in the country would like to add to their respective 2019 class.
Top Florida OL @Mike_Tarquin70 had another great #OhioState visit, has #Buckeyes "extremely high" on his list FREE https://t.co/q4Fh2dgP4l— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) September 14, 2017
A hot topic yesterday in the headlines, Bucknuts.com’s Bill Kurelic took the time to interview Tarquin about his most recent visit to Columbus and it looks as if all things bode well currently for Ohio State. On the other hand however, the close to home Miami Hurricanes seem to be the clear-cut leader in this recruitment. Fortunately, Urban Meyer’s ability to recruit in Florida is certainly something to pay attention to. Can Tarquin extend a long line of Florida Buckeyes? Time will only tell.
Hear Carman out?
In case you have been living under a rock this past week, Ohio State’s top recruiting targets have seemingly been in the headlines more than ever. With so much negativity regarding the Ohio State offense and their quarterback, apparently Ohio State recruits thought it was their right to voice their opinions on the matter. However, as we know in the world of the internet, once you put your thoughts out there, you can’t take them back.
Enter Fairfield, Ohio’s Jackson Carman, arguably the last of the “can’t miss” prospects in the 2018 class being an in-state guy, and you have a hot commodity to say the least. Voicing his opinion on twitter and being heard by the entire country, including alum Kirk Herbstreit, Jackson hasn’t got away with this one. Whether you agree with his opinion or not, the fact of the matter is this: Carman is not a Ohio State player at the moment and some things are better left unsaid publicly.
#OSU target @Jackthejiant on beef w/ @KirkHerbstreit why he wanted Haskins' to play & why OSU isn't a lock in recruitment @SpecSportsOH pic.twitter.com/FhkMeaXhnD— Harrison D. Sanford (@HarrisonSanford) September 14, 2017
Whether he chooses Ohio State or not, Carman is still the top offensive tackle in the country for the 2018 class, and being from the Buckeye State, he has the coaching staff doing all they can to keep this one at home. While things will certainly be smoothed out eventually, Carman did take the time to express his feelings on the matter and try his best to make it clear what he believes. One thing he mentions over and over is the fact that Ohio State is not a lock for his pledge. Hopefully, time and the coaching staff can change that.