With another week of spring practice in the books, the weekend brings some top-level talent to Columbus. For Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes, recruiting the next great members of the OSU family is a round-the-clock battle.
Virginia star thinking Ohio State?
Ohio State has struck gold on more than one occasion when they’ve gone into Virginia and recruited the highly touted prospects who live there. Even this past 2018 recruiting cycle saw linebacker Teradja Mitchell join the Buckeyes when he signed his Letter of Intent back in December. As the staff continues to see success in Virginia, there’s no reason to stop that pipeline. In 2019, there’s hopes to bring yet another Virginia native north to Columbus. For Meyer, that very well could happen as the target they’re most high on in the Old Dominion State will be on campus this weekend checking out the digs and getting more comfortable with his Buckeye relationships.
Sheridan Jones, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback hails from Norfolk, Virginia. Making his way up to campus this weekend, Jones is no stranger to Ohio State. A prospect that is rated as the 17th best corner in the country, 139th best player overall, and the fourth best prospect from Virginia has quite the impressive resume to say the least. As things sit right now, Jones is thought to be a serious Buckeye lean. Of course, this unofficial visit has minds thinking nothing different. After being offered by the Buckeyes last August, it’s been pretty clear why the Buckeyes are leading in this race.
Check the location— SHERIDAN JONES ‼️ (@SJones3_) March 29, 2018
Jones holds another 20 offers to his name, and they include the likes of Alabama, Penn State, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and more. But it really is a Buckeye target that is doing and saying all of the right things. Sheridan has visited schools such as Penn State already so there is going to be competition, but let’s hope this weekend cements what has thought to have Ohio State as the clear-cut leader for Sheridan Jones. With the ability to talk with current roster Buckeyes, that has to help Ohio State’s case. Who knows, maybe Sheridan’s mind is already made up. Time will only tell.
Go ahead, make yourself at home
Like the above news, Ohio State is happily playing host to some of their top prospects this weekend. Arriving today, an in-state, offensive line prospect in Paris Johnson Jr. will be heading to campus for yet another unofficial visit. The Cincinnati St. Xavier monstrous offensive tackle has been to Ohio State a few times already and plans to come back again for the spring game in just two weeks obviously shows the interest Paris has in the Buckeyes. That interest is being reciprocated 100 percent, too, as the coaching staff sees the obvious size and talent, but also realizes how important it is to keep this star in the making within state lines.
513✈️614 - Looking forward to visiting THE Ohio State University tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/Sv2IZcFOOw— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) March 29, 2018
Johnson is a 6-foot-7, 275-pounder who can run, block, and also help out in the pass game. At only 16 years of age—and still two full prep seasons to be played—it’s not off to think Paris could eventually grade out as one of the top players in the country for the 2020 class. Also, it’s encouraging for coaches and scouts alike to see that while playing his high school ball at St. Xavier, the talent he is facing each Friday night is from top programs not only in Ohio, but surrounding areas as well as St. X is always playing tough opponents.
This weekend’s visit will be just another step in the right direction and a chance to continue building a very solid relationship between the two parties. Johnson is thought to be a Buckeye lean as you would expect, but Stanford and Notre Dame will surely do all they can for this top notch athlete. The fight will go the distance to fend off other schools, but it’s clear Ohio State is doing well in this recruitment.
Cain making his way to Columbus
The Buckeyes were in for several of the nation’s top running back prospects in the 2019 class, and who could blame them? With the country’s top prep studs watching true freshman J.K. Dobbins have a 1,000-yard season for Ohio State this past fall, it’s not really hard to see why high school running backs are considering Ohio State. Their track record for success at the position is enough, but watching first-year guys having that great of a start, it pretty much cements the Buckeyes as a top threat for anyone.
In the 2019 cycle, the Buckeyes already have a running back in the fold when Sampson James gave his pledge to Ohio State just under two weeks ago. However, the Buckeyes had another target on their watch list in IMG Academy’s Noah Cain. Cain, a prospect who was up front with Ohio State being the leader in his recruitment, has since said all of the right things after the commitment of James to the Buckeyes, but will Cain actually still come to Columbus even with another guy at the position already there? Well, if this weekend is any hint towards answering that question, Cain will not only be in Columbus today on campus, but will be staying the whole weekend checking out the Buckeye program. Again, who knows if the commitment of James will have any affect on Cain considering Ohio State, but if there’s one thing for certain, Meyer will gladly take the pledge from both Cain and James.
- Three-star LB, Marcel Lewis (Clinton Township, MI) unofficially visits Ohio State this Monday. Lewis is the top inside linebacker in Michigan for the 2019 class.
- Junior College prospect Jacob Gamble unofficially visited Ohio State yesterday. Gamble is an offensive lineman with one year left to be played in JUCO.