It’s almost finally here. We are nearing the end of the 2018 recruiting cycle as National Signing Day (Part Two) approaches next week. Thankfully, with almost all of Ohio State’s class already signed, sealed, and delivered, there shouldn’t be too many surprises come next week—but as anyone who follows recruiting knows, there’s never a sure thing.
The coaching staff has been on the road hard at work offering what seems like every 2019 prospect in the country, but it’s important to note their priority is securing the rest of their 2018 class. With a prospect or two and maybe even three still expected to join the 2018 Buckeye class, Urban Meyer and his gang will surely keep us well entertained for the time being. Hopefully, Meyer can dethrone Alabama’s seven year reign and claim the title of best recruiting class in America.
Let’s head to Cali
If it seems as if Ohio State’s coaching staff is sending out offers this week like they’re going out of style, you’re not alone. This staff is making serious headway with the 2019 and 2020 prospects, and are throwing out the offers faster and faster with each passing day.
Yesterday was more of the same. One prospect to receive a coveted Buckeye offer was the top receiver in California for the 2019 recruiting class.
Enter Calabasas, Calif., native, Mycah Pittman, a 6-foot, 195-pound receiver that can burn you with speed, but also go up and get the ball. While he may not have the usual height as a true jump-ball threat, Pittman’s routes are as crisp as they get at the prep level and that’s not getting past any coach as Pittman currently owns over 20 scholarship offers. Schools such as UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Florida, Cal, and more along with Ohio State have made their pitch, and while it’s certainly early in the relationship between Ohio State and Mycah, Coach Zach Smith is one heckuva recruiter and will put his best effort forward with the Cali speedster. USC may be the early favorite, but as stated many times before, there’s always a possibility when considering Ohio State.
Keep him HOME!
Yesterday, 247sports updated and came out with their new 2019 football player rankings. While the list was pretty talented obviously, there was one prospect that pretty much stole the show and has a direct relation with Ohio State not only because he is a prospect considering the Buckeyes, but more so because he lives all of 15 minutes away from campus.
Without further introduction, Olentangy Orange star Zach Harrison was listed today as the top prospect regardless of any position in the entire 2019 recruiting cycle. An incredible accolade nonetheless, this is one prospect that is literally a “can’t miss” for Meyer and his staff. With his ranking and proximity alone, Harrison is the one crown jewel for 2019 the Buckeyes need and must have.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end has all of the intangibles plus the aspects that can’t be taught. In fact, not many 6-foot-6 humans in the world are electronically timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.6 seconds. The five-star is currently thought to be an Ohio State lock, but with Michigan, Notre Dame, Clemson, Alabama, and more of course in the fold, Harrison is a prospect that any and everyone will be talking too.
One aspect to take note though: Harrison is unlike most prospects given his age and caliber. He won’t tip his cap to anyone on a leader and doesn’t really let the recruiting process or rankings for that matter affect him. This is one prospect that has his head on straight and one that the Buckeyes know they must keep home.
Peach State’s the move
While there is certainly no limit to how well Meyer and his crew recruit nationally, Georgia is a territory that has always been kind to the Buckeyes and, thankfully, that trend has continued each and every recruiting cycle under Meyer.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes were back in the Peach State and made an ever so rare offer to a 2021 prospect. With the 2021 recruiting cycle still in the distant future, Ohio State got a little bit of a head start to their board when they offered Carrollton, Ga., native, Chaz Chambliss.
Chambliss does not have a recruiting ranking yet due to his age, but this week alone has proved he will be one of the top prospects in the 2021 class when all is said and done. With offers from Ohio State and Georgia alone yesterday and more this past week with Michigan extending their hat into the ring, it’s pretty clear Chaz is about to really see his recruitment take off. The Buckeyes’ success in Georgia will certainly help their chances with Chaz; and with current Peach State players still on the roster, that has to only help out even more.
- 2020 ATH, Jalen Berger (Ramsey, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) was offered by Ohio State yesterday.
- 2019 DE, Billy Sonnier (Lafayette, LA/Northside) was offered by Ohio State yesterday.
- 2018 in-state OLB, Chris Oats (Cincinnati, OH/Winton Woods) was reported on that he will not make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend as originally planned all but cementing him not in the 2018 Buckeye class.
- 2019 RB, Devyn Ford (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) placed Ohio State in his top 6 along with Virginia Tech, Clemson, Penn State, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.