With just days remaining before National Signing Day, the Ohio State Buckeyes football program welcomed in a handful of recruits over this past weekend. One of them being five-star 2018 offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere out of Tampa, Fla.
In recent weeks, Petit-Frere took visits to Alabama and Florida, while also entertaining offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia and more.
Petit-Frere is the top offensive lineman in this year’s recruiting class, and the seventh ranked player in the country—and it appears that his decision will come down to OSU, Notre Dame and Florida. The stud lineman will make his announcement in a ceremony at his high school, Berkeley Prep, at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
The Buckeyes were also slated to host 2018 Dayton three-star running back and former Oklahoma pledge Tavion Thomas over the weekend, but according to reports, that trip didn’t take place. The 18th RB nationally, and the 13th player from Ohio in this recruiting cycle, Thomas released his final four on Sunday and is apparently considering Oklahoma, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Cincinnati, with UC and head coach Luke Fickell leading the way.
While Urban Meyer and his staff are looking to put the finishing touches on the 2018 class, they were also keeping an eye on next year’s class as well. Over the weekend, OSU welcomed in four-star defensive backs Ronnie Hickman and Cam’Ron Kelly.
Hickman is the second-rated player from New Jersey, and Kelly is the sixth rated player from Virginia. Hickman, who is also classified as an athlete, is the No. 107 player in his class, according to 247 Sports, while Kelly is No. 180.
Buckeyes dish out 5 scholarship offers
If you’ve been following Ohio State football recruiting closely, then you probably know that Urban Meyer and his staff have been putting in work on the recruiting trail.
Recently handing out a long list of scholarships offers to underclassmen across the country, Meyer and crew didn’t switch things up over the weekend.
Offering five top prospects, the following recruits earned a chance to rock the Scarlet and Gray on the college level:
TE Brayden Liebrock
Offers: Ohio State, Arizona State, California, Notre Dame, Memphis, Etc
Thoughts: “I called coach (Ryan) Day and he handed the phone to coach Urban Meyer and he broke the news. I am just very blessed for the opportunity. Hopefully I will be able to get up there for a visit.”
I am beyond blessed and humbled to have received an offer from THE Ohio State University!! #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/mXAV581Kox— Brayden Liebrock (@LiebrockBrayden) February 2, 2018
OG Jakai Moore
Offers: Ohio State, Louisville, Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina, Etc
Thoughts: “Coach (Larry) Johnson told my head coach to call him and this guy who works with me for football named Sudan Ellington. I talked to coach Johnson and coach Johnson said that they want me. It’s big. I think of all these years of OSU being such a great football program and what Urban Meyer’s [sic] done with it and continuing to do.”
Blessed to receive my 11th offer from Ohio State❕❗️ pic.twitter.com/hxRDNyiIZn— Jakai Moore (@jdamonsa) February 2, 2018
S Tyler Rudolph
Town: Waterbury,CT/St. Thomas More
Offers: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Etc
Blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University #GoBucks ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/7fpzCtCKrP— TR (@Tylerrudolph01) February 2, 2018
S Bryson Shaw
Town: Potomac,MD/The Bullis School
Offers: Current Wisconsin commit
Blessed to have received an offer from The Ohio State!!! pic.twitter.com/HnKbPQbPGE— Bryson shaw (@bshaw272727) February 4, 2018
DT Cole Brevard
Offers: Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, Louisville
Truly blessed and honored to receive an offer from Ohio State! #gobucks pic.twitter.com/nbeSBf0CmS— Cole Brevard (@YoBoiCole2020) February 4, 2018
- Urban Meyer made the trek out to Bishop Hendricken in Warwick, Rhode Island on Friday to mingle with four-star class of 2019 offensive tackle Xavier Truss. A massive prospect at 6-foot-7 and well over 300 pounds, Truss has picked up offers from not just Ohio State, but also programs such as Virginia Tech, Florida State, Florida and Oklahoma this winter.
- Before their game with Illinois on Sunday, the basketball Buckeyes offered 2019 Paul VI Catholic (VA) four-star combo guard Anthony Harris a scholarship to attend Ohio State. Receiving his offer from OSU during his unofficial visit to campus, Harris adds his opportunity with the Buckeyes alongside college options like Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and UCF to name a few off his growing list of potential landing spots.
- Like Harris, Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State coaching staff also handed out a scholarship offer to four-star class of 2019 shooting guard David Johnson while he was on campus for the Buckeyes come from behind win. A Louisville native, Johnson was previously verbally committed to his hometown Cardinals before opening his recruitment backup in October.