With the regular National Signing Day approaching, the Ohio State Buckeyes are still out on the recruiting trail in search of the next great star. So far, the 2018 recruiting class is stacked, and is already one of the top classes heading into NSD.
But, that class has the potential to be better.
Friday for Friday
The long awaited commitment date for four-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday (Ramsey, NJ / Don Bosco Prep) is upon us. Friday made the announcement on Twitter.
Commitment this Friday at Don Bosco Prep 2:00pm in the auditorium ‼️ Make sure you pull up #Decisions— Big Smooth (@almighty_ty5) January 16, 2018
Coincidentally enough, he’ll make his announcement on Friday afternoon. The DT is considered the No. 2 prospect in the state of New Jersey and the No. 3 DT in the 2018 class, according to the 247sports composite.
The defensive tackle spot is a position the Buckeyes need to have filled, and the potential of having Friday in the fold will help add more depth on the line. How likely is it that the Garden State prospect will be packing his bags for Columbus? Judging by the 247sports Crystal Ball, things are looking really good for OSU.
In the past week, over a dozen predictions have been forecasted by recruiting analysts around the country on where they think Friday will land for college. All of those recent predictions point to one school in particular: The Ohio State University.
Back on Nov. 6, 2017, Friday tweeted out that his recruitment list was down to five schools: Michigan, UCLA, Miami (FL), Penn State and OSU. Over the course of the last month, however, the Alabama Crimson Tide jumped onto the radar as they had an official visit with Friday on Dec. 15. On top of that visit, ‘Bama defensive line coach Karl Dunbar visited with Friday on Jan. 12, according to 247sports.
Dunbar’s visited comes fresh off the Tide’s overtime victory against the Georgia Bulldogs in the National Championship Game, which is always a nice advantage to have when recruiting.
If you thought the Tide were going to swoop in at the last second for Friday without a fight, you’re sadly mistaken. OSU coach Larry Johnson met with the Don Bosco Prep standout on the same day as Dunbar.
It’ll be a big Friday for Friday. Will it also be a big Friday for Ohio State? If he does commit, we’ll have you covered.
A Columbus Offer for a Columbus Prospect
While Friday is getting ready to make his decision, an Ohio product got an offer from the Buckeyes.
Wide receiver Jerome Buckner II (Columbus, OH / Columbus Academy) picked up the Scarlet and Gray offer. On Tuesday afternoon, he made the announcement on Twitter.
Blessed with the opportunity and offer to stay home and play for The Ohio State University. pic.twitter.com/cdIEGomKL0— Jerome Buckner II (@Jr_Buck) January 16, 2018
About an hour after he made the OSU offer known, Buckner made his commitment announcement. However, he didn’t commit to Ohio State; he ended up committing to the Ohio Bobcats.
100% Committed. Signed. Sealed. Delivered. pic.twitter.com/wHjltZf9Yp— Jerome Buckner II (@Jr_Buck) January 16, 2018
Navy and Western Michigan are a couple other schools that have made offers to the Columbus native; in total, seven other schools have made their offers known for the WR.
But as things stand right now, it appears that Athens, Ohio will be the home for Buckner.