One of the reasons Urban Meyer has been able to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes as a continual powerhouse is due to his unparalleled ability to get the best recruits to commit to the University year after year.
With the 2018 recruiting cycle in the rearview mirror, the Buckeyes’ coaching staff can now focus on the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes. But what might be Meyer’s best skill is recognizing talent early on, giving the Buckeyes an edges in building relationships with the best talents in the country early in their cycle.
Ohio State has done just this, already offering numerous prospects in the coming recruiting classes—and it appears the hard work is paying off. Late Monday afternoon, one of the top prospects in the 2019 class listed the program among his top schools.
Four-star offensive tackle Harry Miller (Buford, GA / Buford) has a longstanding relationship with the Ohio State football program. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound OT was offered a scholarship offer to play in Columbus last summer and has found his way on campus more than once since receiving the offer, with the latest visit being Jan. 13.
Because Miller is viewed as one of the best in next year’s class, his recruitment is further ahead of many of those in his class and he has already figured out what schools he wants to focus on during the rest of his recruitment.
Current Top 5 pic.twitter.com/iYL8MSMell— Harry Miller (@harrymiller76) February 19, 2018
Along with Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia and Stanford all made the cut for his top five schools.
Miller is unquestionably one of the top talents in his class. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 11 OT in 2019 as well as the No. 65 overall recruit. He is also the seventh best recruit from the talent-rich state of Georgia.
Ohio State will likely try and get him to take advantage of the new rules allowing prospects in the 2019 class take official visits in the spring. If the Buckeyes are able to do this, they would likely be viewed as the runaway favorite to land his services. As it stands today, the Buckeyes hold 67-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions.
Ohio State offers in-state star DE
While Urban Meyer has been able to successfully bring in top recruiting classes since his time at Ohio State, one of the few recent struggles has been with retaining Ohio talent.
Year after year Meyer makes it a point that in-state recruiting needs to be stronger. Sticking with this idea, the Buckeyes have offered one of the top Ohio-born recruits in the 2020 recruiting cycle in defensive end Darrion Henry (Cincinnati, OH / Princeton.)
Wooo... I’m blessed to receive a offer from The Ohio State University #gobuckeyes ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/TDHKMoCh7s— D Hen (@darrion_henry) February 19, 2018
Henry participated in the Under Armour All-American regional camp in Geneva, Ohio on Saturday and impressed those who attended the event.
Following the weekend camp, Henry visited Ohio State alongside two of his current teammates, 2020 linebacker Jaheim Thomas and 2020 cornerback Elijah Eberhardt, who also attended the Under Armor camp.
Had a great time at Ohio state will be back for sure! @ ohiostatefb ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QtTnI7znLw— Jaheim (@JaheimThomas454) February 19, 2018
Can’t wait visit The Ohio State University tomorrow ❗️⭕️ #LLWNF— TheReal14❗️ (@ElijahEberhardt) February 18, 2018
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound has yet to receive a star rating on any of the recruiting databases, as is with most of the talents in this cycle. However, he has already been able to leave a strong impression on those scouting recruits. With his exceptional athletic skill set, it is likely that Henry will be one of the top recruits from Ohio, if not the best.
Ohio State will have their hands full in recruiting Henry as he also holds offers from Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Rutgers and Miami (OH).
The Buckeyes are the early favorites to land Henry, holding 100-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, but again it is early and anything can happen in the world of recruiting.
Elite 2019 DT plans to visit Ohio State
The Ohio State coaching staff may be making a trip to Hawaii in the coming year, but it won’t be for a vacation - or at least not completely. Let’s be real, it’s Hawaii.
This is because one of top prospects in 2019 has shown interest in Ohio State. Five-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele (Honolulu, HI / St. Louis) holds 30 offers but has not yet received one from Ohio State—but that will likely change.
The No. 2 DT and No. 26 overall prospect in the class of 2019 took to Twitter Monday to provide an update on the schools he plans to unofficially visit. Included in that list was Ohio State.
So far, I will be taking my unofficial visits this spring to:— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) February 19, 2018
⭕️hio State Buckeyes
Alabama Crimson Tide
After securing two of the country’s best DT’s in the 2018 recruiting cycle in Taron Vincent and Tommy Togiai as well as the No. 1 DT JUCO, the position is not one of much priority entering 2019. However, if the relationship between Tuitele and Ohio State continues to build, Meyer will ensure there is enough room for him to sign.
Currently, USC has the edge in earning a commitment from Tuitele, holding 75-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, however this could easily change after spending time on some of the best campuses in the country.