The finishing touches are being put on the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class. National Signing Day is a week away, and there’s a chance Urban Meyer and co. will snag a recruit or two by the time all the Letter of Intents are signed.
But, what about the classes after 2018?
Like any elite program, they’re focusing not only on the current year, but the years down the road. The Buckeyes have dished out offers left and right over the past week to prospects in the 2019 and 2020 classes. That trend carried over into Tuesday, as OSU made more offers to recruits in the ‘19 and ‘20 classes.
2020 in Zone 6
One offer that went out was to 2020 wide receiver Porter Rooks. Rooks, who hails from Charlotte, N.C., doesn’t have a lot recruiting grades yet, but that didn’t stop the Buckeyes.
Rooks made the offer known on Tuesday evening via Twitter.
It’s been an eventful end to January for the WR; a a trio of schools (Penn State, Tennessee and Ohio State) made him offers, and on Rooks’ end, he made an unofficial visit with South Carolina on Jan. 20, according to his profile page on 247sports.
Schools have taken notice of the 6-foot-1 prospect, as 24 of them have made an offer. That trio of programs joined the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State in the pursuit of the wide receiver. Expect more programs to send their offers, as there is still plenty of time left in his recruitment process.
As mentioned before, there aren’t too many recruiting grades out there for Rooks. 247sports, though, did give the WR a grade—and it’s a good one. Currently, the website has him as the 10th best prospect in the class, third best WR, and the second best in North Carolina.
The next great D-lineman?
Prior to Rooks making his offer known, a fellow North Carolina native received an OSU offer, too. Three-star 2019 defensive tackle Joshua Harris (Roxboro, NC / Person) made his Buckeye offer known on Twitter.
Blessed to receive and offer from the Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/qqn7Hxgn5x— Joshua Harris (@H_Josh99) January 30, 2018
In addition to his three-star ranking, Harris is considered by the 247sports composite as the 25th best DT and 15th best prospect out of North Carolina. So far, 12 schools have made him offers. Those schools include Big Ten programs Maryland, Wisconsin and Penn State; additionally, the Georgia Bulldogs, who were defeated by Alabama in the National Championship Game, also made an offer to the 6-foot-5 DT.
Often, picture collages on Twitter are they way recruits let everyone know about an offer. In Rooks’ tweet, he has the Ohio State logo and a touchdown celebration as the pictures. Harris took a different approach, putting up a highlight reel consisting of Dre’Mont Jones, Chase Young and Tracy Sprinkle.
Could it be that he follows the program more closely than others? After tweeting out the highlight reel, he posted a graphic of him in an OSU uniform.