Georgia has been one of the more difficult states for Ohio State when it comes to recruiting. In the last five recruiting classes, the Buckeyes have only been able to secure three commitments from the state, both Raekwon McMillan and Stephen Collier signed in 2014 and Joshua Norwood signed in 2015. Meaning, in the last three recruiting classes, the state has not been kind to the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes have been much more successful in this year’s class with both five-star center Harry Miller and four-star running back Steele Chambers both expected to sign with Ohio State.
The Ohio State coaching staff is hoping to ride this wave of momentum into next year’s class as two of the top prospects from the state recently included the program among their top teams.
4-star WR Josh Downs
Town: Suwanee, GA / North Gwinnett
Size: 5’10/165 pounds
Top Schools: Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Kentucky, NC State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Ohio State
Analysis: With more than a year left, Downs is already focused on a select few schools. With more than 24 scholarship offers, the four-star WR has already narrowed his recruitment down to nine schools.
He last visited Ohio State Oct. 6 when the Buckeyes hosted Indiana, a game where Ohio State won 49-26. Since then, Downs has yet to take any more visits. However, Michigan and NC State appear to have the upper hand in his recruitment as of today.
With that being said, expect Downs to expand his visits as he focuses on his top group leading into his senior season of play.
Downs is rated as the No. 68 WR in his class, the No. 21 prospect in the state of Georgia and the No. 341 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
I know who I am, and I give thanks to the man..— XI.. (@JoshDowns_) December 17, 2018
He’s with me and that’s all I need pic.twitter.com/TohNMkftU8
4-star OLB Kevin Swint
Town: Carrollton, GA / Carrollton
Size: 6’3/220 pounds
Top Schools: Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Wisconsin, Boston College, Ohio State
Analysis: Swint is quickly becoming one of the more interesting outside linebacker prospects in next year’s recruiting class. This is proven by his impressive 21 scholarship offers from some of the country’s top prospects.
While he has yet to take many unofficial visits to the schools interested in him, he has found himself on Clemson’s campus on multiple occasions, which is why the are currently viewed as the runaway favorite in the race for his commitment.
However, now that Swint has narrowed his recruitment down to seven schools, expect him to make time to visit those schools, including Ohio State. On top of this, earning a spot in his top schools means he is interested in the program, especially since he has yet to see what the program has to offer.
Swint is the country’s No. 195 overall 2020 prospect, the No. 9 outside linebacker, and the No. 21 prospect in Georgia in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
#ThankYouGod pic.twitter.com/nzFOdvoyUg— KevinSwint (@kevinswint1) December 17, 2018
- Multiple Ohio State 2019 verbal commits have taken to Twitter to announce when they will be signing their official scholarship offers with National Signing Day coming up this week.
4-star OLB Cade Stover
I will be signing December 19th at Lexington High School 3:00pm all is welcome. #GoBucks— Cade Stover (@cstov8) December 17, 2018
4-star WR Jameson Williams
Wednesday 1PM ... #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/DTahlcpLB3— juiceman (@1of1juiceman) December 17, 2018
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