With spring practices underway, the Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff is busy preparing for the upcoming season. The Bucks are looking to replace multiple elite talents on the gridiron after losing multiple key starters to graduation and those leaving early for the NFL Draft.
However, head coach Urban Meyer has prepared for this moment by bringing in two tremendous recruiting classes in the last two classes. Keeping with this, the Buckeyes are working hard to ensure the 2019 recruiting class lives up to the standards set in 2017 and 2018.
Monday afternoon, the Buckeyes learned they are one of the favorites for one of the top talents in this years class. Four-star wide receiver Milton Wright (Louisville, KY / Christian Academy of Louisville) spoke with Dave Lackford of Rivals.com and listed Ohio State as one of his top five schools.
Along with Ohio State, Wright listed Alabama, Purdue, Kentucky and Georgia in his list. While Wright has not shut his recruitment down to schools not included in his list, he did mention the above schools are leading the way.
When talking about his relationship with the Ohio State coaching staff and on his thought on the football program, Wright said, “I spoke with Urban Meyer yesterday (Friday, March 9) and they stay in contact with me often.”
The blue-chip prospect is viewed as an athlete by most recruiting databases and is the No. 12 ATH in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 135 overall recruit in the class. He is also the No. 2 prospect from the state of Kentucky.
Ohio State is viewed as the favorite to land Wright when it is all said and done, holding 75-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions.
Wright also mentioned to Lackford that he will likely take advantage of the new college football recruiting rule allowing juniors to take official visits in the spring, including a visit to Columbus.
Four-star safety trending towards Ohio State
While it is impossible to accurately predict where high school kids will choose to continue their football careers at, the 247Sports Crystal Ball Rankings do a great job at separating the contenders from those with wishful thinking.
With this in mind, it appears that Ohio State is gaining ground on securing a commitment from a four-star safety. Monday morning, multiple recruiting experts selected Ohio State as their prediction to land Jordan Battle (Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas.)
Battle plays for one of the most prestigious high school football programs in the country and one that Ohio State has had plenty of success with in recent years. He is viewed as the No. 29 safety in the country as well as the No. 347 overall recruit in the class.
However, despite his lower ranking, he has been outperforming his recruiting ranking at almost every event his has participated in this offseason. Battle participated in The Opening Miami regional camp and recorded a 4.57-second forty and Luke Stampini of 247Sports listed him in his top five defensive performers at the event. If this continues and Battle has a strong senior season, his rankings will surely see a spike.
While there is still plenty of time between now and early signing day 2019, Ohio State is getting into the race for Battle relatively late. Battle received an official scholarship offer from the Buckeyes late last month, joining 20 other programs vying for his services.
That being said, there is a reason Urban Meyer is viewed as one of the top recruiters in the country. Proving this even more, the Buckeyes now hold 100-percent of the Crystal Ball Predictions for Battle, most of which came in Monday.
If Ohio State is able to get Battle to take an official visit this spring, they would have to been seen as the runaway favorite to land him.