The Ohio State Buckeyes have completed their 2017 football season, and while the preparations for the 2018 season have certainly already started behind closed doors, Urban Meyer and his staff know there is still plenty of work to be done. With 22 current signed players in their 2018 football recruiting class, there are still a couple of spots up for grabs. With the natural attrition that seems to take place each year—this year included—what was thought to be one or at most two roster spots left may have turned into three slots left for the 2018 class. With that, the coaching staff who recruits just as well as if not better than anyone in the country as a whole has been hard at work ready to hit the finish line for 2018.
Oh Texas, you’ve been so helpful
Ohio State, as we know, can recruit nationally at anytime they want to. With their home state of Ohio already a hotbed for recruiting, the ability to go anywhere they want and scoop up the nation’s top prospects is just another cherry on top. One of those areas they have recruited so well in is Texas. Pulling top players such as current Buckeye players J.K. Dobbins, Jeffrey Okudah, and Baron Browning has set a track record for Meyer and company to be a bit of pest concerning in-state Texas college programs. When you win more than any Texas program has recently though, that’s what tends to happen.
Yesterday, momentum in the Lone Star State continued as the latest prep star to receive an Ohio State offer was Mesquite, Texas native Dylan Wright. A 6'3, 195-pound 2019 receiver, Dylan is currently ranked as a 4-star prospect and specifically as the 45th best receiver in the country as well as the 34th best prospect overall in Texas for 2019. A true speedster and a deep ball threat, Wright has the intangibles that every major college program is trying to bring into their program for the 2019 class.
In fact, in the last week alone besides the Ohio State offer yesterday, in-state Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi State were schools to extend offers to Wright, giving him 16 overall offers currently with more likely coming. Oklahoma is thought to be the clear-cut early favorite for Wright, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the Buckeyes going for a Southern talent before, or holding off Oklahoma itself and other programs closer in the region.
If the Buckeyes want to make Wright a priority for their 2019 class they have certainly taken the first steps. The next would be to have him on an unofficial visit, likely when the 2018 class in its entirety is set in stone. If Dylan does in fact get to campus for a visit to check out what Ohio State has to offer, anything is possible. It certainly wouldn’t hurt having him around the Texas natives that currently suit up in the Scarlet and Gray and giving them the chance to showcase just how great it is to play their college ball for the Buckeyes.
Looking into the crystal ball
One of the more popular ways to keep track of recruits is the 247sports crystal ball. Recruiting experts from around the country cast their predictions to the crystal ball on where they believe a certain prospect will either sign, commit, or end up early in the process. Fortunately for Ohio State, this week has been a time where predictions in the Buckeyes' favor have not been scarce. While these predictions cannot be always 100 percent correct, there’s certainly still something to be said for when multiple crystal ball predictions are made in favor of one specific school.
Enter Tyler Friday, a 4-star New Jersey native not new to Buckeye recruiting followers, and you have a prospect Ohio State is currently seeing tremendous momentum for on those crystal balls. The second best player in New Jersey for 2018 is graded out as the third best defensive tackle in the class, but where Ohio State is concerned, Friday may end up at defensive end due to much-needed depth. A look at early playing time may just be the deciding factor for Friday, but with over twenty predictions in favor of the Buckeyes in just the last two days, many believe this recruitment is all but a done deal for Urban Meyer and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
There has been a lot of talk about #Rivals100 DL Tyler Friday and when he will commit. Get the definitive word straight from his mouth here https://t.co/7VicUW9u7y #Michigan #OhioState #Alabama #UCLA #PSU #Canes pic.twitter.com/UfSVNMScCp— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) January 11, 2018
To make matters even more exciting, Friday himself has stated a commitment could be coming as soon as this weekend or as late as next Wednesday meaning we are very near Friday to Ohio State becoming a reality. What makes matters even better though is remembering that he was once considered a heavy Michigan lean. Looks as if Urban Meyer and Ohio State will once again defeat their rivals on and off the football field.