This time last week, we talked about where Ohio State stood in recruiting the ever-important wide-receiver position. With two verbal commitments in the Buckeyes 2019 recruiting class, Ohio State is looking to add at least one more and we took a brief look at some of the remaining targets at the position.
Fast forward one week and we again have an update on one of the Buckeyes top priorities at the position.
Wandale Robinson (Frankfort, KY / Western Hills) has long been associated with the Ohio State program. Along with Kentucky, the Buckeyes have been viewed as a leader in his recruitment, but that space could be an issue. It appears now that the Buckeyes view him as a top priority.
This past weekend, Robinson took an official visit to Ohio State and was on the sidelines for Saturday’s home game against Indiana. Robinson was reportedly shown the red carpet and was able to spend ample amounts of time with both the coaching staff and current Ohio State commitments. The visit appeared to go as well as possible and on Monday, Robinson announced on Twitter that he is ready to come to a decision.
I will be committing November 1st for my cousins birthday! #LongLiveShanna ❤️— Wandale Robinson (@robinson__era) October 8, 2018
Robinson lines up as a running back and as a slot receiver for his high school team and excels at both. Last Friday, Robinson rushed for 190 yards on 24 carries and caught a team-high five passes for 34 yards, and while he is rated as a four-star all-purpose back, Ohio State is looking at him to play in the slot.
This appears to be a race between his home-state school Kentucky and Ohio State, however, Nebraska has been heavily involved in his recruitment as well. But with the announcement of an upcoming decision being on the heels of his Ohio State visit, the momentum looks to favor the Buckeyes.
There are however, no certainties in the world of college football recruiting so be sure to follow Land-Grant Holy Land to stay up to date on all things Ohio State related.
5-star SG high on Ohio State
Buckeye Basketball head coach Chris Holtmann is in the process of building one of Ohio State’s best recruiting classes in program history. The 2019 class already holds verbal commits in five-star PG DJ Carton and four-star forwards Alonzo Gaffney and EJ Liddell. The haul is good for fifth nationally in the 247Sports Class Rankings and No. 1 in the Big Ten.
With the recent addition of Liddell coming in last week, Holtmann and the Ohio State basketball coaching staff can now put more of a focus on its 2020 recruiting class, which is still looking for its first member.
Holtmann and Co. are hoping to break the seal with five-star shooting guard B.J. Boston (Atlanta, GA / Norcross).
Krysten Peek of Rivals.com spoke with Boston recently on his upcoming visits set for the fall, which includes Ohio State.
When speaking on Ohio State, Boston had only positive remarks about his first visit to Columbus.
“Last time I was at Ohio State, (I was) there for a football game and they played Penn State and that was one of the best visits I’ve ever been on. The fan atmosphere was crazy and just knowing Ohio State has fans like that is something special.”
While it is great to hear that his last visit to Columbus was on of the best visits Boston has been on yet, Holtmann will need to prove to Boston that Ohio State is not just a football school and that the program can best prepare him for his dream, the NBA.
Realistically, this will be a tough sale for Holtmann as the programs he will be competing with for Boston’s services—Duke, Florida and Alabama, all have had great success in getting players to the association.
However, Holtmann has proven time and time again that he is one of the top recruiters in the country in his first year had Ohio State competing in the NCAA Tournament. He will also be able to point at his ever-impressive 2019 haul as a recruiting tool for Boston as well.
Boston is scheduled to visit Duke on Oct. 19 and will find his way to Florida, Alabama and Ohio State is the following weeks. And while Duke is the resounding favorite at this point in his recruitment, nothing is set in stone until he wraps up his visits.
- 2020 four-star defensive end prospect Rylie Mills will be in Columbus this weekend when Ohio State hosts Minnesota.