Since Urban Meyer has held the reigns as head coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, the program has been churning out NFL-caliber defensive backs year in and year out. With the Buckeyes likely sending another First Round corner to the NFL again this year, Meyer and Ohio State hold as strong of a case as any to be known as “DBU.”
However, constantly sending talent in one area of the game means that Ohio State needs to constantly be looking for the next great CB. This doesn’t appear to be much of a problem though, as the Buckeyes are once again in good standing for one of the country’s premier CBs in 2019 Texas native Erick Young (Richmond, TX / Fort Bend Bush.)
Young is a four-star CB and is viewed as one of the best at his position in this year’s recruiting cycle. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have Young listed as the No. 9 CB and the No. 100 overall recruit despite position.
The blue-chip prospect is one of the most sought after recruits in the country, already holding a reported 27 offers heading into his senior season of high school football. Despite an incredible list of suitors, Young has narrowed down his selections to six schools—and Ohio State made the cut.
April 16, 2018
Ohio State has some stiff competition in securing a commitment from Young as Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, USC and TCU all made the cut alongside the Buckeyes.
Ohio State’s inclusion in Young’s top six schools was somewhat surprising as he has yet to visit the school, but to Meyer’s credit, the Buckeyes made the cut over presumed contenders Texas and LSU.
Young used his first official visit this last weekend at Texas A&M, the current favorite to earn his commitment. Because of this, if the Buckeyes are to become a legitimate threat to the Aggies, they will almost certainly have to get him on campus in the near future. That being said, making his top six is another strong step in the right direction.
Ohio State visits with elite 2019 guard
What Chirs Holtmann has been able to accomplish in just one season as head coach for the Buckeye basketball program is nothing short of spectacular. He was able to provide a late boost to last year’s recruiting class when he brought Kyle Young with him from Butler and has since shown that recruiting is one of his strong suits.
Last week Holtmann was able to secure a commitment from one of the top recruits in the country and more importantly, one from within state borders in Alonzo Gaffney. The five-star prospect was the Holtmann’s first commitment for the 2019 recruiting class and he is hard at work trying to secure his second.
As first reported by Rivals.com National Basketball Analyst Corey Evans, Holtmann wrapped up an in-home visit with one of the top guards in the country on Monday in Harlond Beverly (Southfield, MI / Southfield Christian School.)
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann is completing an in-home visit today with Rivals150 junior Harlond Beverly@Kevin_Noon https://t.co/nULJSdRwCf— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 16, 2018
The four-star guard is viewed as a point guard by the 247Sports Composite Rankings and they have him listed as the No. 6 PG and the No. 61 overall recruit in the class. He is also viewed as the No. 3 recruit from Michigan.
Currently, Beverly holds just six offers but that number will likely skyrocket by the time he decides on what school he will attend for college. As it stands today, Michigan State is the runaway favorite to land a commitment from Beverly, but Holtmann cannot be counted out.
If the Buckeyes are able to add Beverly to their recruiting class, the combination of him and Gaffney would put the program in position of bringing in one of the best classes in the country.
Holtmann will likely try and get Beverly on campus in the near future, and if he is successful, the Buckeyes could have a real shot at poaching an elite talent from Big Ten foes Michigan and Michigan State.
Holtmann not done with visits
The aforementioned Beverly is not the only highly touted recruit Buckeye basketball coach Chris Holtmann will be visiting with this week. Andrew Slater of The Athletic took to Twitter Monday to report that Holtmann will be traveling to New York Wednesday to meet with another elite prospect.
Ohio State will be in on Wednesday for 5⭐️Isaiah Stewart’19 @Dreamville_33 of @TheCityRocks & @LaLuBasketball #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/bwleExfKhE— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 16, 2018
Continuing to focus on the 2019 recruiting class, Holtmann will reportedly visit with five-star center Isaiah Stewart (Rochester, NY / La Lumiere School.)
Stewart is the No. 8 center in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the No. 25 overall prospect in the class despite position. He is also viewed as the No. 2 prospect from the talent-rich state of New York.
However, unlike Beverly, Stewart is not flying under the radar one bit. He has acquired an impressive 37 offers already from the best college basketball programs in the country. Because of this, securing a commitment from him will be difficult for Holtmann, but not impossible.
We will learn more about how true of a contender Ohio State will be for Stewart’s commitment following Wednesday’s visit, but for now, the fact that Holtmann is doing his best to go after him is great news.