With it being St. Patrick Day weekend, you might’ve missed out on your Ohio State Buckeyes recruiting fix. Don’t fear, that’s why Land-Grant Holy Land is here.
Sit back and get caught up with some of the latest news from the world of Ohio State recruiting.
2019 OL names leaders
Ohio State already holds a verbal pledge from West Virginia offensive linemen Doug Nester and Ryan Jacoby of Mentor, Ohio—but that doesn’t mean other talented prospects aren’t thinking about blocking for the Buckeyes.
On Friday, four-star offensive tackle John Olmstead took to his Twitter page to drop his current leader list. Cutting things down from around 35 scholarship offers, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound New Jersey native is now considering 10 programs.
Making his new short list of possible destinations for the next level, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin are still options for Olmstead.
I am truly thankful to every school that has offered me a chance to continue my academic and athletic careers. It has been an honor to meet all of the coaches who recruited me. After many conversations with my family and much prayer, I will be considering these ten schools. pic.twitter.com/VWo7qGQvlP— John Olmstead (@JOHNNYO_72) March 16, 2018
While some believe he’ll end up at Notre Dame when it’s all said and done, John had the following to say on why OSU is still among his options.
“It was awesome when I went out there for the Penn State game,” Olmstead told Rivals. “The atmosphere was crazy. The people are great there. I like coach Stud, and Schiano is a New Jersey guy. They coaches are great people and they’re in contact with me almost every other day. Our relationships are great.”
What’s next? Before the Buckeyes can shock the world and grab Olmstead from the Garden State, the Ohio State coaching staff will need to get him back on campus.
WR trims list
Olmstead wasn’t the only soon-to-be senior to name Ohio State among his top-10 programs.
Also having the Buckeyes as one of the schools sticking out in his recruitment was Mycah Pittman, a four-star wide receiver from Calabasas High School in California.
Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington State are still in play for the son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman.
In the same boat as John Olmstead, Ohio State will have to get the 6-foot-0, 195-pound Pittman on campus before things really become serious—although the Buckeyes are looking to build a pipeline out west after recently signing wideout Chris Olave out of Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif.
One of the most sought after playmakers in the country, Pittman is currently considered the ninth wide receiver and the 52nd overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
- 2019 Avon (IN) running back Sampson James visited the OSU campus over the weekend. Looked as a Buckeye lean, James also holds offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and others.
- Four-star class of 2019 linebacker Jahmar Brown told SB Nation that Ohio State is among some of the schools sticking out in his recruitment. One of the many prospect from Fort Lauderdale’s St Thomas Aquinas that currently holds an offer from Ohio State, there are other schools in the mix for the LB. Miami, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Stanford are the schools he plans to visit next month.