The Buckeyes have easily a top game not only for their personal season this weekend, but in all of college football for the year. A top ten matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners at home brings Ohio State football back to the Horseshoe, and with it a seemingly never-ending star-studded list of recruits who will be on hand to see the electricity within Ohio Stadium come tomorrow night. While recruiting may take a little bit of a backseat to Oklahoma this week, Thursday proved to be different as the recruiting trail was hotter than ever.
Another move into Michigan?
One of the greatest rivalries in all of sports is Ohio State versus Michigan. However, Michigan hasn’t beaten the Buckeyes in 2,112 days. In a rivalry that has completely been owned by Ohio State since the turn of the century, Urban Meyer will look to continue that tradition with another win this coming November. Until then, Ohio State will do their best to recruit for the future, and what better place to do so than in the land of your most hated rival?
Yesterday, 2019 offensive tackle Logan Brown (Grand Rapids, MI/East Kentwood) took to twitter to announce that he had received his latest offer from The Ohio State University. A monster-sized product standing at 6'6, 285 pounds, Brown clearly not only looks the part, but can surely play the part as well. Ranked as the seventh-best tackle in the country for the 2019 class, Brown is also the third-best prospect in all of Michigan for 2019. With a whole two years left of prep football to be played, it’s truly scary to think what improvements Brown can still make.
Blessed to say I've received an offer from The Ohio State University!!! Go Buckeyes ‼️ pic.twitter.com/4hRwHkHQKu— Logan Brown (@loganbrown53) September 7, 2017
Currently, the East Kentwood Falcon possesses 17 offers from the likes of Michigan, Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State, and most recently, Ohio State. With the thought that the in-state star is leaning towards the Wolverines, now is a perfect time for the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer to swoop in and get into the mix. Beating Michigan on the field is wonderful, but it’s even better if you can do it with players who are from the very state. Will Brown be the next? Only time will tell.
Bradford lands OSU offer
Let’s stay in the state up north and talk about another prospect who received good news concerning Ohio State yesterday. Again, it can’t be overstated how dominant Ohio State has been in its rivalry versus Michigan in the last 15 years. With only two losses coming since 2001, it’s pretty easy to see who truly has the upper hand in this war.
Make your way to Muskegon, Michigan, home to the state power Big Reds coached by legendary head coach Shane Fairfield, and you will find not only some of Michigan’s best high school players, but really, some of the best prep players in the entire Midwest. From a team that has no shortage of talent, 2019 offensive tackle Anthony Bradford was the second at the position in Michigan to have an offer extended his way from the Buckeyes on Thursday.
At 6'5, 320 pounds, Bradford is a top-40 tackle in the country and also the ninth-best prospect in the very deep Michigan class of 2019. With seven offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Ohio State, it’s only a matter of time before more come beckoning on the prized recruit’s door. With Muskegon being a dominant run team, Ohio State has to love what they see on Bradford’s film as a run blocker. The success the Buckeyes have had on the ground in the Meyer era is no secret and it’s due to a great line in front of the stellar backs in Columbus. Can Ohio State and Meyer strike gold in Michigan for another to bolster the trenches?
A look into the future
When you hear the term “Cadillac Position” in regards to Ohio State, you think of the running back spot. However, with the way Urban Meyer and his staff have recruited and developed their players since day one, any position on the field can be considered the prize. On defense though, the cornerback spot has been a serious moneymaker for the Buckeyes and their players, literally. With the past two NFL Drafts seemingly belonging to the Ohio State secondary, it’s easy to see why top recruits continue to choose the Buckeyes each and every cycle that comes through. With the 2018 class sure to be the exact same, it’s a great time not only for the fans, but the players themselves, as the formula for success is pretty simple. Work hard, become a starting Ohio State corner, and it’s onto the big stage.
With so much success at one spot, position coach Kerry Coombs may be looking to the future, as yesterday an offer was sent to 2020 stud Keshawn Lawrence (Nashville, Tennessee/Ensworth). Lawrence has yet to own a 247Sports ranking due to his class, but being a high school sophomore and already standing at 6'2, 185 pounds, there’s no question why Ohio State came knocking at the door.
With tall, lengthy corners with great coverage skills being a serious need in the league, Lawrence’s size not only fits that bill, but also makes him a great size for safety if he ever switches positions. An athlete with the ability to do both nonetheless is a huge asset to have and the Buckeyes being all-in so early may just help solidify a relationship before Keshawn decides on a school in the coming years.