Since the start of the Ryan Day era for Ohio State, one of the biggest concerns has revolved around recruiting. Especially, in regards to keeping recruits that committed to the program under former head coach Urban Meyer.
While there have been a couple commits that have decided to re-open their recruitment, the majority of Ohio State’s 2019 class has remained intact. This is especially important with the early signing period beginning on Dec. 19.
Monday afternoon, Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com reported that five-star center commit Harry Miller (Buford, GA / Burford) will remain committed to the program and intends to sign his letter of intent as early as possible.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, Day made an in-home visit with Harry and his family. That visit went very well. Kristina followed up with a talk with Day on the phone on Sunday night. And now there is no longer any question in regards to Harry being a Buckeye. According to Kristina, Harry will sign with the Buckeyes on Dec. 19.
Miller is the anchor of Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. He ranks as the No. 2 center in the country and is the No. 31 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
With current Ohio State center Michael Jordan having just one year of eligibility remaining, bringing in an elite talent was of the utmost importance. Especially when you take into consideration that Jordan recently received All-American honors for his play this past season and can leave early if he decides it is his best option moving forward.
Paris Johnson earns fifth star
Ohio State 2020 offensive tackle commit Paris Johnson Jr. (Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier) earned the coveted fifth star Monday when Rivals.com announced their updated top 10 recruits for next year’s recruiting class.
On top of becoming a five-star talent, Johnson also jumped into the new Rivals top ten, placing at No. 7.
Johnson is one of the program’s more important commitments in next year’s class, if not the most important. Accolades and talent aside, Johnson has also been the most vocal commit in the class and has worked hard to get more of the country’s top talents to join him at Ohio State next year.
There has been some concern over the past week following Meyer’s decision to step down as to whether or not Johnson would remain committed to the program. Especially because it has been reported that he was not given a heads up of the situation and felt somewhat slighted.
That being said, Johnson and his mother made the trip to Columbus last Friday to have a sit-down with Day. While little has been said about how this visit went, the fact that he remains committed to the program is a good sign.
Expect Day to continue to build a relationship with Johnson in order to show him that this school, regardless of who is holding the reigns, is the best place for him moving forward. With that being said, in order for Johnson to be sure, he will likely take visits to other schools in the near future. It might not be the best news, but I expect Day to be able to do his thing and get Johnson to stay in Columbus.