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Top prospects flock to Columbus for Ohio State-Michigan matchup

A number of highly sought after high school recruits were on hand for the Buckeyes runaway win over arch rival Michigan.

2020 WR Devell Washington

Coming into the weekend, many thought the Ohio State Buckeyes were going to have their handful with their arch rival Wolverines of Michigan.

That wasn’t the case at all.

Running away to an easy blowout victory over UM, the Wolverines might’ve not given the Buckeyes too many worries, but that doesn’t mean their job was an easy one over the weekend.

Playing host to more than Michigan, Urban Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff also had well over two dozen top notch recruits on hand for Saturday’s contest.

While they didn’t pick up a verbal pledge, the Buckeyes helped give many of their remaining targets what it would be like to suit up in a big time game.

Want to know which recruits watched the blow out in person? Below are just some of the many talented prospects that made the trek to Columbus to see the Buckeyes mix it up with the Wolverines and mingle with Urban Meyer and crew.

4-star DT D’Von Ellies

Class: 2019

Town: Owings Mills,MD/McDonogh School

Size: 6’2/280

Offers: Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, West Virginia, etc

3-star DT Cavon Butler

Class: 2019

Town: Toledo,OH/Whitmer

Size: 6’2/285

Status: Currently verbally committed to Kentucky

3-star DT Jared Harrison-Hunte

Class: 2019

Town: Middle Village,NY/Christ the King Regional

Size: 6’4/286

Offers: Ohio State, Penn State, Arizona State, Michigan State, Tennessee, etc

5-star CB Fred Davis II

Class: 2020

Town: Jacksonville,FL/Trinity Christian Academy

Size: 6’0/177

Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, etc

5-star LB Mekhail Sherman

Class: 2020

Town: Washington,DC/St. John’s College HS

Size: 6’3/234

Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, etc

4-star WR Rakim Jarrett

Class: 2020

Town: Washington,DC/St. John’s College HS

Size: 6’0/182

Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Penn State, Arizona, etc

4-star DT Tre Williams

Class: 2020

Town: Washington,DC/St. John’s College HS

Size: 6’1/308

Offers: Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, etc

4-star DE Jacolbe Cowan

Class: 2020

Town: Charlotte,NC/Providence Day School

Size: 6’5/265

Offers: Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, etc

4-star OG Geirean Hatchett

Class: 2020

Town: Ferndale,WA/Ferndale

Size: 6’5/275

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, etc

3-star OG Dallas Fincher

Class: 2020

Town: Grand Rapids,MI/East Kentwood

Size: 6’4/260

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc

Thoughts: “The trip was great. The things that stood out to me about the atmosphere is the true importance of the Buckeyes to the fans. The rally before the game was like nothing I had every seen before. I talked to Coach Stud and coach Taver Johnson the most. It was mostly about having a reunion with them and my parents and catching up.”

3-star WR Devell Washington

Class: 2020

Town: Bay City,MI/Bay City Central

Size: 6’4/200

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, etc

Thoughts: “It was amazing. I can’t even put the right words to it. The offense was great and the wide receivers made big plays. The atmosphere was so lit. Playing in front of a crowd like that would be a dream for me.”

3-star WR Ian Stewart

Class: 2020

Town: Rockwood,MI/Oscar A. Carlson

Size: 6’3/200

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, etc

Thoughts: “I’ve never been to a game where it was so crazy. The atmosphere was insane.”

3-star WR Maliq Carr

Class: 2020

Town: Oak Park,MI/Oak Park

Size: 6’6/215

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, etc

Thoughts: “(I was impressed with) Just that everyone is really into the game and they were prepared to win. Urban Meyer, coach Johnson and coach Hartline were talking about how they were gonna win.”

S Brian Branch

Class: 2020

Town: Tyrone,GA/Sandy Creek

Size: 6’0/175

Offers: Ohio State, Indiana, Cincinnati, East Carolina, etc

Thoughts: “The trip up to Ohio State was long, but I expected that. It’s 8 hour drive. The atmosphere in the stadium was out of this world. Literally the crowd did not sit down they were screaming at the top of there lungs. Best game I’ve been to so far.”

WR Jayden Thomas

Class: 2021

Town: Atlanta,GA/Pace Academy

Size: 6’2/185

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia

Thoughts: “I had a great time at OSU. The stadium is a lot bigger than I thought and it was the loudest stadium I have ever been to. You can tell the players fed off of the fans the entire game. It was crazy start to finish especially when the fans stormed the field.”