Wednesday was literally a day made for Ohio State fans. Not only did Urban Meyer and his staff land the nation’s second ranked class and the top overall class in the Big Ten, but the Buckeye hoopers knocked off the previously unbeaten in conference play Purdue Boilermakers on their home court. Not to mention, news of current Buckeye football Defensive Coordinator Greg Schiano staying with the Ohio State program pretty much capped off what was maybe the greatest signing day of the Meyer era.
In his presser alone, Meyer hinted to the fact that while this 2018 football recruiting class is incredible, the time for 2019 and beyond starts immediately as the 2018 class was cemented in ink. Many wonder why the Buckeyes continuously have the success they are having on the recruiting trail, but after hearing Urban say his staff will “toast and then it’s on to 2019” proves that the effort and attention to detail this coaching staff puts into their recruiting is truly at the top of the charts. Look for this next class to be much like every other Meyer Ohio State class: exceptional.
Sure, let’s try and “flip” this one too
There really isn’t too many times when Ohio State isn’t able to “hand select” the prospects they want in their recruiting classes. In fact, some fan bases like the one up North, complain about Meyer’s ability to swoop in and land a recruit that was thought to be solid to another respective school. However, who could ever blame the student-athlete for doing so? With the track record Ohio State has on and off the field with this coaching staff, top prospects all over the country are wanting to be a part of what is going on in Columbus. Maybe 2019 will be somewhat of the same storyline.
Yesterday, not even 24 hours after signing the nation’s second best class, Ohio State was at it again as they offered another prospect in the class of 2019. This time, Hakeem Beamon was the recipient when he announced via his Twitter account that the Buckeyes had come calling. The interesting aspect to the Virginia native is that he is currently committed already to North Carolina.
I’m BLESSED and HONORED to get an offer from The Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/ecaNXsZv1P— Hakeem Beamon (@hakeem_beamon) February 8, 2018
Beamon is currently graded out as a four-star prospect by 247sports. More specifically, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound “ATH” ranks as the eighth best prospect in a very talented state of Virginia and the 32nd best athlete in the country. He committed to UNC back in June 2017, which may help to explain only having eight offers due to his loyalty. But in the last two weeks, schools such as Alabama, Penn State, Virginia, and now Ohio State have entered the race for Hakeem. Only time will tell if his early pledge to North Carolina is truly serious, and now with top programs from around the country coming his way, we may know sooner than later just how serious that verbal commitment really is.
What are they feeding these guys?
Normally, Ohio State isn’t one to really go after prospects more than a year or two out of reach. Reason being, Meyer and his staff feel that scholarships are not “pop-tarts” and don’t need to be handed out at an alarming rate. It’s rare for the Buckeyes to go after a prospect with only one year of prep film under his belt. However, when a prospect is “that” good, then go for it. Yesterday, Urban and his staff went for it as they sent out an ever so rare offer to a class of 2021 prospect in Julian Nixon.
Blessed to receive my 2nd offer from The Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/VNveaosKYo— Julian Nixon (@JulianNixon11) February 8, 2018
A 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver from Georgia, Nixon already has the body of a grown-man receiver prospect. With three years still to be played in his high school career though, the sky is apparently the limit for how much Nixon could still grow. While Julian is still to young to have a ranking on the 247sports site, it’s important to note that this will be a prospect that nearly every college program in the country will be after. With two offers already, and one being from the home-state Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State being second to the party proves that they are not wasting any time with the opportunity to build a strong relationship with this stud receiver. With the success that Ohio State has had in Georgia too, certainly helps their case.