The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing at home again this Saturday. Unlike last week, which was a 4 p.m. ET kickoff, the Bucks get Minnesota at noon. Playing inside The Horseshoe is always an experience to be had, and with that, the on-field performance is only part of the equation for Urban Meyer and his program. The other part of the equation is recruiting efforts, which will be on full display again this weekend, as a couple top prospects will be in Columbus to take in the game.
Making the trek
With only a finite amount of home games, getting recruits on campus can go a long way in securing a commitment. Right now, the Buckeyes don’t have to worry too much about a commitment from defensive end Cormontae Hamilton (Memphis / Whitehaven), as they already have one from him. Nonetheless, Hamilton will be in attendance this weekend to take in the Buckeyes-Golden Gophers contest.
A member of the 2019 class, Hamilton can act as a hype man to the OSU program this weekend. He’s been paired with Meyer and the Buckeyes since July, and could sway recruits who are still thinking about where they will go for college. Even though he’s graded as a three-star, according to the 247sports composite, Hamilton had a handful of quality offers outside of Ohio State, including the likes of Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Alabama.
While Hamilton is in the fold, five-star wide receiver Demond Demas (Houston / North Forest) is not. Demas is one of the top receivers and prospects in the state of Texas, and is linked to the Texas A&M Aggies. However, that’s not stopping him from making a trip to Columbus this weekend.
It has been no secret that OSU will need to deepen their WR unit in the coming years. Especially with Dwayne Haskins making big plays in the air, the wideouts are showing what they are made of, which translates into NFL Draft potential. This season is projected to have an exodus of talent, meaning that some recruits are going to be thrusted into the Buckeye game plan next season.
Five-star WR Garrett Wilson and recent four-star WR commit Jameson Williams are part of the ‘19 class of pass catchers for OSU, and could see playing time next season That’s a pretty good haul as is, but the addition of Demas would elevate the class. If Demas were to commit, he’d be the second-highest rated recruit in the 2019 cycle for the Buckeyes, trailing only Wilson.
It’s a big reach, considering that Demas just verbally committed to the Aggies last month, but visiting schools can turn the recruiting momentum around in a hurry. If a school had potential to flip commits, Ohio State would be one of them. We’ll just have to see what Saturday brings.