This week the football Buckeyes were on Spring Break, so there was no action going on inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. While some of the Buckeyes headed for home, some players such as Dwayne Haskins was out hitting the beach to work with NFL receivers. The start of next week will resume spring football practices which gives all of us Buckeye fans something to be excited about.
Off of the football field and onto the basketball court. though. The Buckeye hoopers played and won their first round tourney game yesterday over South Dakota State—giving us another reason to praise first year coach Chris Holtmann. With so many happenings in Columbus and around the country for the beloved Bucks, there’s never downtime for Ohio State.
One of their key reasons for success: They never stop working.
Meet me in St. Louie
The Ohio State to St. Louis connection in football recruiting starts truly with none other than one of the great Buckeye running backs of all time in Ezekiel Elliott. Since Elliott’s departure for the NFL, Urban Meyer and his staff have gone back to the well in St. Louis—and have landed not one, but two key wide receiver prospects in their 2018 recruiting haul. With Kamryn Babb and Cameron Brown in the fold and continuing on what is hopefully the start of a St. Louis-to-Columbus pipeline, the Buckeyes (along with their coaching staff) look to have not one intention of stopping their recruiting in The Gateway to the West.
Yesterday, on his birthday, four-star inside linebacker Shammond Cooper (St. Louis / Trinity Catholic) announced his Top 10 schools. Making the cut on the nation’s seventh best inside linebacker’s list included Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas A&M and Ohio State. Cooper currently holds 30 offers, so trimming a list to 10 is something not to take lightly, but it’s also important to note this list may not exactly stay at 10 for a while, as a possible trimming may also occur.
Of the 10, Oklahoma is thought to be the favorite in Cooper’s recruitment so far, but the other schools certainly have a shot to impress and make their case.
One thing Ohio State has going for them is the fact that St. Louis prep stars are making the trek to Columbus more than ever before, so current players can be in Shammond’s ear making their case for why Ohio State is the place to be. If Meyer and his staff can get Cooper on campus, that will certainly help their chances—but only time will tell.
BIG plans in 2020
This 2018 recruiting haul was one for the ages. When you land the nation’s top offensive tackle, a position of need for Ohio State, on signing day, your fan base and coaching staff is one happy group of football crazed individuals. In the 2019 class, the Buckeyes are hoping for much of the same since they’ll see another exodus of talent from the offensive line after this fall. Things are progressing nicely for the Buckeyes as they already own commitments from two spectacular offensive tackles in 2019 from the likes of Doug Nester and Ryan Jacoby.
Look ahead to the 2020 class, though, and one prospect is becoming very familiar with Ohio State and what the Buckeyes have to offer. Fortunately, the commute isn’t too great for this prospect as the in-state stud is continuously hearing and being heard by all things concerning Buckeye football. Enter Paris Johnson Jr., the nation’s top overall tackle prospect already in the 2020 class. The St. Xavier star is already turning heads all over the country and rightfully so. Only a high school sophomore with two varsity seasons still to be played, Paris stands at 6-foot-7, 275 pounds and has more room to grow—if you can believe that. One the Buckeyes can’t let “get away,” Johnson is already priority No. 1.
Yesterday, in an article via Bill Kurelic, Johnson’s plans were laid out for fans to see what his spring will hold in terms of recruiting. For Ohio State, all things are gravy right now as Paris not only plans to visit Ohio State once this month, but twice—as well as attending the annual spring game. With a prospect of this size and caliber, it’s obvious Ohio State wants him, but being an in-state player, this is truly a must get for Meyer.