Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff have known for a while that they would need to focus on the wide-receiver position in the 2019 recruiting class. With the possibility of the Buckeyes losing the majority of their current WR corp following the season, Meyer and the Buckeyes will need to restock the cupboard.
Fortunately, this past weekend the program earned its second commitment at the position in Jameson Williams. Rated as the No. 24 WR prospect in the country, Williams will make for an excellent addition along five-star WR commit Garrett Wilson, the nation’s No. 2 WR.
However, interim-WR coach Brian Hartline cannot breathe a sigh of relief just yet, as Ohio State is looking to add at least one more WR in this year’s class. The Buckeyes have been heavily targeting multiple prospects at the position but it appears they are now able to cross two of those names off of their list.
Four-star WR Trey Knox (Murfreesboro, TN / Blackman) was considered an Ohio State lean just earlier this year, however in the world of college football recruiting, things change quickly, and on Monday, Knox announced his decision to commit to Arkansas.
While we mentioned that Ohio State was the favorite to land Knox just months ago, the decision Monday came as no surprise. It appeared as though the Buckeyes lost interest in Knox in the last few months, which led to his commitment to the Razorbacks.
The Buckeyes also seem to be jumping out of the race for four-star WR prospect Marcus Washinton (Saint Louis, MO / Trinity Catholic) as Texas gained momentum in the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, Monday. The switch follows an official visit with the Longhorns two weeks prior.
Like Knox, Washington was also viewed as an Ohio State lean this summer, even going as far to mention that the Buckeyes were his top school at the time. However, in the following months, the spark between the two has appeared to dim.
Washington is expected to announce his decision in the coming weeks and while Ohio State isn’t out of it completely, it appears as if a one time Missouri-Ohio State race is now down to Missouri and Texas, with the Longhorns being the heavy favorite.
So where does this leave Ohio State?
The Buckeyes still have plenty of targets as the position who they appear to be more interest in, including four-star prospects David Bell, Elijah Higgins and Kyle Ford. While Ford is the higher-touted of the group, he also appears as the least likely of the group to land in Columbus, with Bell being the most likely.
Bell is coming off official visits to Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana and Iowa so if the Buckeyes are unable to land a commitment from him, they will likely be seeing him across the field in the coming years.
A dark horse candidate for the position could be four-star all-purpose back Wandale Robinson, who Ohio State is recruiting as an H-back/slot WR. Robinson is expected to officially visit the Buckeyes this weekend and the team already leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions with 67-percent of the votes.
- The Basketball Buckeyes earned their third commit in the 2019 recruiting class Monday night in four-star forward E.J. Liddell. Liddell joins five-star point guard D.J. Carton and four-star small forward Alonzo Gaffney in what looks to be the makings of one the best classes in school history.