Just a few months removed from signing one of the top overall 2018 classes in the country, and well on their way to doing the same in 2019, Urban Meyer and crew are still finding time to keep their eyes on some of the most talented prospects the class of 2020 has to offer.
Playing host to many highly sought after sophomore prospects on campus this spring, one of the recruits to grace the Ohio State Buckeyes with his presence was four-star defensive tackle Alex Huntley.
“The OSU visit was awesome. I saw practice, got to meet some coaches, toured the school, stadium and did the photo shoot. What really stood out was the traditions and history at OSU. It’s really special. Also meeting coach Meyer and coach Johnson was was huge. I really like Coach Johnson and think there’s so much I can learn from him,” said the 6-foot-4, 295-pound standout from Columbia, South Carolina to Land-Grant Holy Land soon after ending his trip to Columbus earlier this week.
Having a chance to sit down and talk with coach Meyer and Johnson, Huntley walked away from the Ohio State campus highly impressed with what the staff had to say about his potential to be a leader on the defensive front for the Buckeyes.
“Coach Johnson said he likes the havoc I wreak up front and sees me as a 3Tech. He knows so much about defense and I know I would learn a lot and grow tremendously as a player under him. Of course meeting Coach Meyer was incredible. He’s a legend. I’m coming back in the summer for camp and will be able to put some work in with Coach Johnson.”
Currently holding scholarships from the likes of South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Georgia State and Michigan, Huntley has yet to earn a chance to suit up for Ohio State, but holds the Buckeyes in very high regards when it comes to his recruitment.
“When I think of Ohio State, I think of tradition, honor and quality,” said Huntley. “They’re a powerhouse. Also now I think about the rivalry with the “team up north”. OSU is definitely up there on my list for sure.”
Ohio State isn’t the only program sticking out for the Hammond School sophomore standout. His hometown Gamecocks, and Bulldogs of Georgia also have Huntley’s attention before he heads out on the camp circuit to impress other top notch schools with his talents.
“South Carolina stands out. Coach Muschamp is great and he and coach Thompson know so much about a strong defense. They’ve really made me feel like if I work hard, I’d have a chance to play early. Georgia is also standing out and I really respect Coach Scott and the Georgia d-line. Georgia is also a camp I will attend this Summer. I’m going to check out a few other schools over the summer.”
Summer camps aren’t the only thing on his mind. While he still has quite a bit of time before he signs on the dotted line, Alex is also starting to give thought into what he’s looking for in program on and off the football field.
“Some of the things that are important to me are the relationships with the coaches and teammates, the facilities and fan base. I’m not sure about a major yet but I’m interested in economics and maybe sports management.”
A stud on the line for Hammond all season long, Huntley, the fourth defensive tackle and 100th overall prospect in the class of 2020, per 247Sports, finished his sophomore campaign for the SkyHawks with over 60 total tackles, and seven quarterback sacks to help pace his squad to an undefeated 12-0 season, and a SCISA Class 3A championship title.
Will Huntley end up lining up for the Buckeyes in the future? Only time will tell, but from the sound of things he should definitely be one class of 2020 prospect all Buckeye fans should keep an eye on going forward.