Tomorrow is already the Buckeyes' fourth football game of the season. As UNLV comes to town, Ohio State and its staff will look to the game as another opportunity to develop the offense and do their best to shore up not only the pass game, but the pass defense as well. With this season being somewhat of a crossroads ever since the Oklahoma loss, Ohio State and its fans need to get back to what they do best: winning, and winning with style. In any time of development there are certain to be some negatives that arise, but fortunately for Ohio State recruiting, positives continue to outweigh any sign of them.
Sure, that'll do
Ohio State is a powerhouse when it comes to landing high-profile linebackers in its recruiting classes. It seems like every cycle, the Buckeyes are in for multiple top linebackers regardless of their geographic location. For instance, in the current 2018 class, Ohio State already has a more than solid commitment from Virginia's Teradja Mitchell, the second-ranked inside linebacker in the country for 2018. However, the old saying is true: two really is better than one, and the Ohio State staff would certainly love to add another top linebacker into the fold for this current class.
Enter Solomon Tuliaupupu (Santa Ana, California/Mater Dei), the nation's third-best inside linebacker, and you have exactly who the Buckeyes would love to complement their other stud 2018 LB. Yesterday, Solomon received his U.S. Army All-American jersey to cement his place not only on the squad, but as one of the few who receive the incredible honor as an Army All-American prep football player. A ceremony that needs no introduction, his family was able to take the stage with him, and that's where things start to get interesting.
While receiving his official jersey, Solomon's father had people taking notice as he was donning the Scarlet and Gray. He is thought to be a clear USC lean due to his relationships with the staff and the short distance to Trojan country. However, the sole other school receiving any votes on the 247sports crystal ball ranking is Ohio State. With over 30 offers, Tuliaupupu may be down to two schools. If the Buckeyes have a real chance, they will certainly find out when Solomon makes his next visit, the first since April. On a positive note, the Buckeyes may have dad in the fold. Could the son be next?
He's not going anywhere, folks
In keeping with the trend, another U.S. Army All-American jersey was presented yesterday to current Ohio State 2018 commit Josh Proctor of Owasso, Oklahoma. The 4-star safety is currently ranked as the ninth-best safety in the country and the third-best player in the entire state of Oklahoma, showing exactly why he has nearly 15 offers from the best programs in the country.
Being from Oklahoma however, there's sure to be a bit of scrutiny Proctor is going to take since he plans to leave his home state for Ohio and a school his home team just beat. But despite the close to home factor and any momentum the Sooners thought they would have with Proctor, he put that to rest yesterday as he stated once again he's "100% committed to Ohio State." The Buckeyes have to love the sound of this victory over the Sooners as they hope Josh is the next defensive back to come to Ohio State and leave not only with Ohio State in his heart, but with the NFL Draft in sight as the next great Buckeye defender.
The Buckeye basketball program had seen a little bit of adversity over the last few weeks after losing commits to their current recruiting class. However, enter the start of this week, and in back to back days Ohio State landed two commits for their current class—and more may be on the rise.
Yesterday, we learned that Ohio State could continue to see good news in their direction when Luther Muhammad came up. The 6'4, 185-pound shooting guard currently checks in as the nation's 14th-best shooting guard and the fifth-best prospect at any position in the talent-rich state of New Jersey. Easily deserving of his high 4-star ranking, Muhammad looks to be down to two final schools before he gives his pledge.
Per his high school coach at Hudson Catholic, Muhammad will be deciding between Ohio State and Xavier. For Holtmann and the Buckeyes, they're hoping he decides to head to Central Ohio rather than Cincinnati. If so, that would make three commits for the 2018 class and have the Buckeyes feeling very good about where they sit. This past week Holtmann was able to see Muhammad and hopefully it paid off. We should know relatively soon.