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Four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker comments on his recent Ohio State visit. Also, future Buckeyes overtake the new Rivals Top 100 rankings.

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Following four-star defensive end Tyler Friday’s (Ramsey, NJ / Don Bosco) commitment to Ohio State last weekend, the Buckeyes now sit pretty at the No. 2 overall class in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Buckeyes’ impressive class sits behind only Georgia and with 23 future Buckeyes already committed to the program, the coaching staff is hard at work putting the final touches on yet another successful year of recruiting.

The Buckeyes may only be able to add one more member to this year’s class—due to not as many current Buckeyes leaving the program for the NFL as was once expected. Following a weekend official visit, Ohio State appears to have their eyes set on one particular recruit to finish the class off.

Elite offensive tackle prospect Rasheed Walker (Waldorf, MD / North Point) capped off his final official visit of his recruitment at Ohio State this weekend. Our very own Charles Doss briefly touched on his visit in yesterday’s State Secret column, but we now know more about his time in Columbus.

Walker, a four-star prospect, spoke with Rival.com’s Adam Friedman and it appears Ohio State did everything it could during his visit.

“Everything about life after football was the biggest thing I took away from the visit,” Walker told Friedman. (...“I’ve heard some of this stuff from other schools but they were actually showing me.”

Walker is one of the country’s top offensive linemen and one of the top overall recruits in his class. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 6 OT in the class and the No. 63 overall prospect.

While his visit in Ohio State seems to have gone as well as possible, fellow Big Ten program Penn State looks to be the Buckeyes’ biggest competition. For the majority of his recruitment, Walker has been a heavy Penn State lean. The Buckeyes have made a strong push late in the process and are hoping they have done enough to win him over.

Walker went on to mention that he will likely wait until National Signing Day to make a decision. That gives him roughly three weeks to think over his choices. While Penn State still leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, holding 69 percent of the votes, the Buckeyes have been gaining recently, with the three most recent predictions favoring them.

The blue-chip prospect would be the icing on the cake for the Buckeyes recruiting class, but have they done enough to change his mind? Stick with Land-Grant Holy Land as we will have more on Walker’s decision as well as all things recruiting as we quickly head to the finalization of the 2018 class.

New Rivals100 rankings favor Ohio State

National recruiting database Rivals.com released its final top 100 rankings for the 2018 class Monday afternoon. The updated list features a plethora of future Buckeyes.

Ohio State DB commit Tyreke Johnson (Jacksonville, FL / Trinity International) is now the highest overall rated future Buckeye according to the site, coming in at No. 14 overall and owning a five-star ranking. Inside linebacker commit Teradja Mitchell (Virginia Beach, VA / Bishop Sullivan) checks in not far behind Johnson at No. 20 and also holds a five-star ranking.

Defensive end commit Tyreke Smith, wide receive L’Christian “Blue” Smith, defensive tackle Taron Vincent and all-purpose back Jaelen Gill all found themselves in the top 41 and all are four-star prospects.

Ohio State saw 11 commits make the list, more than any other college football program in the country. However, Georgia is not far behind with nine.

The complete list of Buckeyes went as follows:

  • No. 14 five-star safety Tyreke Johnson
  • No. 20 five-star inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell
  • No. 34 four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith
  • No. 39 four-star wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith
  • No. 40 four-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent
  • No. 41 four-star all-purpose back Jaelen Gill
  • No. 66 four-star running back Brian Snead
  • No. 68 four-star defensive end Tyler Friday
  • No. 76 four-star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai
  • No. 80 four-star safety Josh Proctor
  • No. 100 four-star outside linebacker K’Vaughan Pope

Quick Hits:

  • Ohio State received a preferred walk-on commitment from three-star WR Davion Johnson (Bedford, OH / Bedford) on Monday. Johnson held a scholarship offer from Iowa State, but chose the Buckeyes instead.
  • As reported by our friend over at 270Sports Zach Fleer, 2021 shooting guard prospect Chance Groce (Columbus, OH / Linden-McKinley) was in attendance for the Basketball Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska last night.