Yesterday, the Ohio State Buckeyes concluded another day of spring football practice. While the 2018 squad prepares for the annual spring game and beyond, Meyer knows this opportunity to get ahead of the curve for the upcoming summer and fall is pivotal for their potential success. Fortunately, this 2018 roster is easily one of (if not) the most talented roster in college football. With the talent in Columbus right now and the rest of the 2018 class still to arrive on campus, the future may just be brighter than ever for the Buckeyes’ football program.
Something to go home with
One of the great aspects of spring football is the ability to host recruits while you practice so they can get a feel for what football is truly like. Yesterday, the Buckeyes competed in front of more than one recruit, but one in particular may have stole the show. Enter Trevor Keegan, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound monster from Crystal Lake, Ill. The 2019 prospect is quite impressive, as he boasts rankings such as the top overall player in Illinois for his class—as well as the 16th best offensive tackle in the country for this current cycle.
On campus yesterday to watch the Buckeyes in person, Keegan did not go home empty handed as he announced via his Twitter before he went on his way home that Ohio State was the latest to extend an offer his way. With a high four-star ranking, it’s easy to see why Trevor holds nearly 30 scholarship offers from some of the nation’s top programs. Schools such as Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Oklahoma and more have already entered this race, but it’s possible that a few schools are already standing out.
One school who currently owns the most picks on the 247sports crystal ball predictions is Michigan, but now that Ohio State is in the fold, look for Meyer and his staff to put on the full court press. With the Buckeyes wanting—and needing—to add an extensive haul of linemen in this 2019 class, expect Keegan to become more of a priority and topic of discussion. Yesterday may have done nothing more than prove that to be the case.
Could the writing be on the wall?
Just yesterday Land-Grant Holy Land talked about the offer that was given to Chicago native Jahleel Billingsley. The interesting aspect of this offer is the quick development that is seeming to take place now that the Buckeyes are officially in the race for his services. The nation’s ninth ranked tight end is also the fourth best player in the state of Illinois for 2019 and all signs are pointing toward Ohio State as the likely destination for this stellar talent.
Yesterday, just hours after his offer was confirmed, Steve Wiltfong, Director of Recruiting at 247sports, issued a crystal ball prediction in favor of Ohio State. While it’s been talked about over and over how crystal ball predictions are not a guarantee that the prospect will end up with that school, they’re still a solid aspect to go by. Especially when an insider such as Wiltfong makes the call. If a decision is coming soon, it’s clear that the Buckeyes are at the top of his list and hoping to stay there. Time will tell, but it looks to be like a reload of tight ends in 2019 just one cycle after landing easily the nation’s best tight end prospect in Jeremy Ruckert.
- Four-star quarterback, Max Duggan, the seventh ranked dual-threat QB in the 2019 class from Iowa was on campus yesterday for Ohio State’s spring practice.
- Houston native and four-star QB Grant Gunnell, who the Buckeyes offered in February, was also on campus yesterday to visit Ohio State and see spring practice in person. Thought to be an Oklahoma State lean, but could have the Buckeyes near the top of his list.