Yesterday morning was eventful to say the least for the Buckeye football program. With Ohio State at full-speed for spring practice and then hosting their Pro-Day, there wasn’t a second of down time inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With media eyes glued during morning practice to the three amigos battling for the quarterback starting role, the pressure was on. To add to it, NFL scouts, head coaches and the like from literally every professional franchise were in attendance to see what the graduated Buckeyes have to offer their future, hopeful employers.
As Urban Meyer and his staff have put together a recipe for success in Columbus with first round NFL Draft picks, the ability to showcase via social media and beyond to top recruits around the country what exactly is taking place at OSU is something their creative media team is doing without a break. Fortunately, the Buckeyes keep reloading, and the recipe for success only changes in terms of who the names. Thursday was another reason why the future continues to be bright for the Buckeyes—and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
There’s no place like home
Enter 2019. 4-star receiver prospect, Garrett Wilson and you have not only the former teammate of Matthew Baldwin at Lake Travis, but also his top target. Wilson, a 6-foot, 185-pound speedster ranks nationally as the 80th best prospect at any spot in the country for the 2019 haul, and specifically, as the 14th best receiver and 11th best player in a loaded state of Texas. Ironically, Wilson’s first home was made in Ohio as the Columbus native since moved to Austin, Texas.
Where Ohio State comes in is obvious. Being a top program in college football, but having Garrett familiar with the program due to his native hometown, and now having a former teammate in uniform really puts the Buckeyes in the thick of this recruitment.
Yesterday, Wilson was back in Ohio as he unofficially visits Ohio State this weekend. While Meyer and staff will look to roll out the scarlet carpet for Garrett, it’s important to note that Baldwin, too, will be able to be in his ear about what the Buckeyes have to offer. The Texas star currently holds over 30 offers, but Texas is the one leading the way on the 247sports crystal ball predictions.
If anyone has gone into Texas and taken a top prospect north, it’s Meyer—and he will look to do the same for Garrett. Luckily, he’ll have help, even if it’s not necessary. With Wilson back in town, there’s no telling what the Buckeyes will be able to do. Who knows, he may even decide it’s time to come back home.
The Buckeyes 2019 recruiting efforts look to be starting off pretty well. With a priority to keep the best in-state Ohio kids at home and playing for the Buckeyes, Meyer and his staff will continue their strongest efforts to the kids close to campus. They already have Mentor, Ohio product Ryan Jacoby in the fold, but they have big time plans to keep the trend alive. Today, another top Ohio talent in Zeke Correll will be on campus to unofficially visit Ohio State for yet another time.
The No. 10 offensive guard in the country, Zeke is also the fifth best product in the Buckeye state for 2019. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound guard has not only great size, but also great feet to be a true run game and pass blocker. The Cincinnati native has over 20 scholarship offers, but many believe this recruitment to be a two-horse race between Ohio State and of course, like many other Cincinnati prospects, Notre Dame. After already being at Ohio State this past Feb. 9, Zeke will be back in Columbus today; the staff is hoping today continues to solidify a relationship between the two parties, which eventually (hopefully) ends in a pledge to stay at home and suit up for the Buckeyes.
- Four-star, Aledo (TX) wide receiver Jeffery Carter released his top-10 schools yesterday and included Ohio State. Also making the cut included Oklahoma, Nebraska, Alabama, USC, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oregon, Penn State and Texas. The leader right now, however, is thought to be Texas A&M.
- Four-star, St. John Bosco tight end prospect Jude Wolfe also released a top list of schools. Making the cut were Washington, USC, Oregon, Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA, Alabama and Ohio State. The California native is likely to be a USC lean, but a visit to Ohio State could come this summer.
- On an unofficial visit to Ohio State yesterday, the top player from Kansas, Marcus Hicks, enjoyed time with Meyer and seeing what practice looks like. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end checks out as a four-star and holds 20 offers.