Most people in recruiting circles feel that Ohio State’s presence in Texas in the class of 2017 was a bit of a fluke, and that with Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman now stationed in the Lone Star State, the Buckeyes will be unable to make a dent like they did in 2017 again. While landing three of the top six players in the state again isn’t likely, the Buckeyes only landed one Texan in 2018: Matthew Baldwin, ranked No. 43 in the state.
Despite the down year last year, the Buckeyes aren’t giving up, and led by offensive coordinator Ryan Day, Ohio State is looking to make inroads again, and they seem to be in the running for one of the state’s best talents in 2019: Bishop Dunne (Dallas) wide receiver Marquez Beason.
The Buckeyes were named in Beason’s top four, alongside Texas A&M, Illinois and LSU. The 5-foot-11, 173-pound receiver and cornerback is ranked No. 54 nationally, and the fifth best athlete in his class. At this point, I’m not sure how much of a chance Ohio State really has in this one, as LSU is the pretty heavy favorite, but, if the Buckeyes can get him on campus, they’ve got a shot.
Buckeye targets are getting lots of offers
It’s not uncommon during this time of the recruiting cycle for recruits to pick up a bunch if offers in a short amount of time, as teams try to figure out what their shortlist looks like, and in the past few weeks, a couple of Buckeye targets have been getting heavy interest from schools around the country.
Noah Potter - We talked about him a bit yesterday, but it’s hard to understate how much interest Noah Potter is bringing in right now. The Mentor defensive end and brother of Ohio State basketball player Micah Potter has picked up offers from Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame since Feb. 15, and there’s no reason to expect his recruitment to slow down any time soon.
Potter, the eighth best player in Ohio, according to 247Sports, is currently projected 100 percent to Ohio State via the 247sports Crystal Ball. There’s no reason to think that Potter won’t eventually commit to Ohio State, if they push for his pledge.
Xavier Truss - There may not be a hotter prospect in the country right now than Rhode Island tackle Xavier Truss. The 6-foot-7, 325-pound tackle is ranked No. 99 nationally as of right now, though it seems that quite a few teams are far higher on him than that, as he’s picked up 24 P5 offers since the beginning of 2018, and 27 overall.
Just in the month of February, he’s been offered by Auburn, Clemson, USC, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, and UConn. While the current leader seems to be Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Oklahoma.
The Ohio State Buckeyes offered 2019 four-star cornerback Adonis Otey. Otey comes from the same school as Master Teague and Trey Knox.