Just days after earning a commitment from what could be the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class in five-star Garrett Wilson, the Ohio State Buckeyes continue to anticipate a massive departure at the position following the 2018-19 season. The Buckeyes could realistically lose the majority of their current group of receivers, making the position one of great importance for recruiting.
Luckily, the Buckeyes are off to a terrific start and the team is hoping to watch that streak continue. Early Monday morning, one of Ohio State’s top remaining targets at the position announced his top eight schools—and the Buckeyes made the cut.
Four-star WR TJ Sheffield (Thompson’s Station, TN / Independence) included Notre Dame, Penn State, Louisville, UNC, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Arkansas and Ohio State in his list of schools he will focus on for the remainder of his recruitment.
Top 8 pic.twitter.com/TDge1uD8pm— Tj Sheffield (@the_tj2) April 30, 2018
Sheffield is ranked by the 247Sports Composite Rankings as the No. 233 overall prospect and is the No. 37 WR in the 2019 recruiting class. He was committed to Tennessee for most of last year before decommitting from the program last October.
The Buckeyes just offered Sheffield a couple of months ago but he has already found time to see what the program has to offer, taking an unofficial visit to Ohio State on March 31.
Though, he also then took an unofficial to Purdue one day later, who also made his cut.
Ohio State WR target sets commitment date
Sticking with the importance of the WR position for Ohio State in this year’s recruiting cycle, Ohio State learned Monday that one of its top WR targets will be naming his college selection later this month.
Just one month after including Ohio State in his top six schools, Ramel Keyton (Marietta, GA / Marietta) will choose between Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee and Ohio State on May 17.
I will be announcing my commitment May 17th .— Holiday ♂️ (@Wlmel10) April 30, 2018
Keyton is a four-star prospect and is considered the No. 165 overall prospect in 2019 and is the No. 27 WR according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
While Keyton is likely higher on Ohio State’s big board compared to the aforementioned Sheffield, Keyton has yet to make it to campus. The fact that the Buckeyes are included in his top six schools speaks to the abilities of WR coach Zach Smith.
Keyton is likely going to be heading to Tennessee here in a couple weeks, but if there is one thing going in Ohio State’s favor it is that he is teammates with current Buckeye pledge OT Jake Wray. Look for the Buckeyes to try and get Keyton on campus in the coming weeks but even if they are able to set up a visit, it will be surprising if Keyton goes anywhere other than Tennessee.
That being said, if the Buckeyes do miss out on Keyton, expect them to go all out on Sheffield and their other targets at the position including four-stars John Dunmore, David Bell, Marcus Washington, Zion Puckett, Jameson Williams, Trey Knox, Jalen Curry, Lance Wilhoite, and Elijah Higgins.
Ohio State offers elite 2020 OT
Urban Meyer has never shied away from saying football games are won in the trenches and because of that, the Buckeyes target the best offensive linemen year in and year out in recruiting.
The Buckeyes proved this true as they offered one of the best in the 2020 recruiting cycle in offensive tackle Turner Corcoran (Lawrence, KS / Lawrence Free State.) The 6-foot-6, 285-pound sophomore took to Twitter Monday to announce his Ohio State offer.
Blessed to have earned an offer from THE Ohio State University! #GoBucks @markpantoni @CoachStudOL pic.twitter.com/lZIzbPaU8P— Turner Corcoran (@turnercorcoran) April 30, 2018
With just two years of high school football under his belt, Corcoran has already shown enough to be considered one of the top prospects in the country. 247Sports has him listed as the No. 93 overall prospect in 2020 and is the No. 15 OT.
Corcoran has built an impressive offer sheet, despite his age, that includes Kansas State, Iowa State, Notre Dame and now Ohio State. Expect that list to only grow in the coming years. He has already taken one unofficial visit to Iowa State and expect the Buckeyes to try and do the same in efforts to secure him.
Future Buckeyes earn invitations to The Opening Finals
The Opening Finals will be held from June 30 through July 3 and will be moving to Dallas this year after previously taking place at the Nike HQ in Beaverton, Oregon. Multiple Ohio State commits and targets have been invited to the finals including multiple from last Sunday’s Dallas Regional which sent a record 17 of the country’s top prospects.
Dallas set a new record for on-site invites.— The Opening (@TheOpening) April 30, 2018
17 of y’all goin’ to #TheOpening Finals. pic.twitter.com/29J4RxZGFq
Ohio State’s most recent commit, Garrett Wilson, was one of those to receive an invitation, as well as Buckeye targets five-star safety Daxton Hill, four-star DB’s Jeffery Carter and Erik Young. Both Carter and Young have Ohio State listed among their top schools while Hill has been trending towards the Buckeyes in recent months.
The current list of Ohio State commits and targets who have invitations includes:
- 5-star wide receiver commit Garrett Wilson
- 5-star safety target Daxton Hill
- 5-star defensive end target Nolan Smith
- 5-star linebacker target Brandon Smith
- 5-star athlete target Horace McCoy
- 4-star offensice tackle commit Doug Nester
- 4-star cornerback Jeffery Carter
- 4-star cornerback Erik Young
- 4-star wide receiver Marcus Washington
- 4-star wide receiver target John Dunmore
- 4-star safety Nick Cross
- 4-star RB Noah Cain
- 4-star linebacker Rian Davis