With only eight days remaining until the 2018 National Signing Day, Urban Meyer is leading the charge for the Ohio State football program in an attempt to secure the No. 1 overall rated recruiting class in the country.
While focusing on finishing this year’s class strong, Meyer and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff is also making sure to not forgot about the following years. Recruiting never ends, and because of that, the best recruiters in the country are always looking ahead.
Ohio State makes late push for Ohio RB
Early Monday morning, Tavion Thomas (Dayton, OH / Dunbar) announced that he was de-committing from the Oklahoma Sooners. The Ohio native committed to the Sooners in June over programs like Ohio State, Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, USC, LSU and Georgia. Ohio State had been targeting Thomas early in the recruiting cycle, but due to academic problems and limited space in the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class, he fell off the radar.
Fast-forward to Monday and everything has changed. Thomas quietly visited the Ohio State campus this past weekend and it appears that he is almost a sure-lock to commit to the Buckeyes in the coming week.
Hardest decision ever . pic.twitter.com/UsOi3cRTI5— lackofworries (@tavionthomas937) January 29, 2018
Following Monday’s announcement, it was reported by Rivals.com’s Marc Gilver that Ohio State’s running back coach Tony Alford traveled the short distance to Dayton to check in with Thomas. Thomas is also scheduled to officially visit the program this weekend.
While this was certainly a lot to happen in one day, it is easy to see where the tea leaves are falling. When Ohio State hosts recruits this late in the recruiting process, those recruits typically commit to the program, especially if they are Ohio natives.
If Thomas does commit to Ohio State, he will be the fourth RB to be a member of this year’s recruiting class for the Buckeyes, along with Brian Snead, Master Teague and Jaelen Gill, though Gill projects to have more of an H-back role in college.
With the aforementioned official visit coming this weekend, expect Thomas to wait until signing day to make his announcement.
Buckeyes make the cut for 5-star 2019 WR
Urban Meyer and his coaching staff have developed an incredible knack for noticing elite talent early in the recruiting process, allowing them to gain an edge in winning recruiting battles for some of the top prospects in the country.
Because of this, Ohio State is sitting pretty with one of the top talents in the 2019 recruiting class.
Early Monday afternoon, five-star wide receiver Theo Wease Jr. (Allen, TX / Allen) released his top seven schools and the Buckeyes made the cut.
Included alongside the Buckeyes’ in Wease’s list were LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, UCLA and USC. He also stated that he will be “shutting down (his) recruiting process” to focus on theses seven schools.
Wease is one of the top talents in the 2019 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound WR holds a reported 37 offers from the best football programs in the country and the 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 28 overall recruit in his class and the No. 6 WR.
With a year left in his recruiting process, Texas A&M is the current favorite to land Wease, however Ohio State is close behind. This coming year will be the first where juniors can make official visits to programs in the spring, and Wease will likely take advantage of the opportunity with a trip to Columbus.
WR will be a big position of need in next year’s class as the Buckeyes could lose the majority of their receivers to the NFL after next season, along with the transfer of former five-star WR Trevon Grimes to Florida.
Ohio State set to receive visit from star 2020 OG Tuesday
As previously mentioned, Ohio State makes it a point to establish relationships with the best prospects in the country early in the recruiting process. The Buckeyes are doing just that with star 2020 offensive guard Justin Rodgers (Oak Park, MI / Oak Park.)
The No. 1 OG in his class, Rodgers announced Monday that he will be visiting the Ohio State campus today.
Coming to the ⭕️ Tuesday— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) January 27, 2018
The visit will be the third in the last five months for the Michigan native, as he is quickly becoming a familiar face in enemy territory. Rodgers first visited Ohio State in July for the programs annual Friday Night Lights camp and left the visit with an official scholarship offer from the program. After that, he was on the sidelines for both the Oklahoma and Penn State games.
Rodgers already holds an impressive 20 offers from some of the top programs in the country including Notre Dame, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland and plenty more.
Currently, 100-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions favor Ohio State, and while a lot can happen between now and National Signing Day in 2020, the coaching staff seems to be building an extremely strong relationship with Rogers.
Ohio State dishes out scholarship offers
Following a busy weekend which saw Ohio State offer scholarships to five different recruits, Monday was expected to be slower for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. This obviously was not the case as the coaching staff offered five more impressive recruits.
Town: Little Rock, AR / Pulaski Academy
Offers: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Etc
I’m excited to announce that I have been offered by The Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/mzAoq4EX6l— Hudson Henry (@hudsonhenry84) January 29, 2018
Town: Fort Wayne, IN / Wayne
Offers: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Etc
Town: Hyattsville, MD / DeMatha Catholic
Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, South Carolina, Miami, Pitt, Etc
Town: Washington, DC / St. John’s College HS
Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Penn State, Etc
Town: Akron, OH / Archbishop Hoban
Offers: Ohio State, Notre Dame