Oweh to take weekend official
Ohio State already has a loaded group of visitors for this weekend’s tilt against Oklahoma, who are hoping to get revenge from last year’s 45-24 dismantling in Norman courtesy of the Buckeyes. 2018 standouts like cornerback Anthony Cook, defensive end Micah Parsons, and defensive tackle Tommy Togiai are all expected on campus. But on Wednesday, they found out that another top tier prospect in the class will be joining them.
According to Jeremy Birmingham of Landof10.com, Ohio State will be hosting ‘18 DE Jayson Oweh of Blair Academy (NJ) for an official visit this weekend as well.
Oweh, an Under Armour All-American, seems to have focused on three schools: Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State. That means this weekend could be the Buckeyes' last opportunity to impress the 6'5, 236-pounder before he ultimately puts his recruitment to rest.
The Garden State standout has an upside through the roof and his rankings really don’t do justice for the type of player he can become at the next level. Oweh is currently a four-star prospect and he falls just outside of his class's Top 150. Despite that, he is still one of the best strong-side defensive ends in the class and a top-five player in the state of New Jersey -- a state where Ohio State has had some success in previous recruiting classes.
It will be interesting to see how things turn this weekend, because Ohio State has a few targets remaining amongst defensive end prospects. Oweh and Parsons are two options, and ‘18 DE Tyreke Smith of Cleveland Heights (OH) is another that the Buckeyes surely want in the class. It will be interesting to watch and see how this unfolds, but I have to believe that if all three want in, Ohio State would make it work—especially given that Smith has the frame to potentially move inside, if need be.
Commitment watch for Togiai?
As we mentioned above, Ohio State will have ‘18 DT Tommy Togiai of Highland (ID) in The ‘Shoe this Saturday for his official visit to the campus. All things considered, it may not be his last trip, because a commitment to the Buckeyes isn’t out of the question.
The 6'3, 290-pounder was most recently in Columbus during Ohio State’s annual Friday Night Lights event in July of this year, and all indications are that Togiai and the Buckeyes hit it off pretty well.
So despite the fact that as of Wednesday night Ohio State trails USC on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for the four-star interior lineman, a pledge to the Scarlet and Gray would not at all be surprising. It is worth mentioning that for the time being, the Pocatello native does have a visit to Washington set for October. But who knows, maybe Ohio State can do enough to impress him and have him wrap his recruitment up before that comes about. We will see what happens sooner rather than later, but for the Buckeyes’ sake, what could be better than a victory over the Sooners and another blue-chop haul on the recruiting trail?
The addition of Togiai would give defensive line coach Larry Johnson an incredible duo at defensive tackle. ‘18 DT Taron Vincent of IMG Academy (FL), who has been committed to Ohio State since April, is a five-star prospect and the best defensive tackle in the country. Combine that with Togiai, who is a Top 100 prospect and the seventh-best interior lineman in the class, and you have two that have the potential to cause problems in the Big Ten for years to come.