Ohio State’s football program has seen a busy week in the headlines. With the news of Joe Burrow announcing his intent to transfer, the attrition of the Buckeye roster has seen a fair share of drama. One could see this as negative, but in Ohio State reality, this is what happens when a program recruits as well as Urban Meyer and his staff at Ohio State. Ironically, it is hard to wrap your thoughts around talented players leaving, but when the talented prospect is considered a backup, it is easy to see that the Buckeyes have an embarrassment of riches.
With their recruiting success, the Buckeyes continue to prove that their formula works. And now OSU continues to dish out the latest offers to new prospects.
OSU to the DMV
Even before the Meyer tenure, Ohio State had success recruiting in the Maryland and Virginia area. Pulling top prospects each and every year with players like Dwayne Haskins and Chase Young, we can see why the Buckeyes have some success each year, pitching why playing for Ohio State is better for the student-athlete. Yesterday, Ohio State was back with their recruiting hats on and one prospect was given the coveted Buckeye offer.
Walter Rouse, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle, took to his Twitter account yesterday to announce his offer from Ohio State. The 2019 three-star talent has over 20 scholarship offers. In the last two weeks, Rouse has seen his recruitment take off as Big Ten schools Indiana and Michigan State threw their name into the hat for Walter’s services.
While Ohio State’s offer may now be the “biggest” to his name, you an expect this will certainly put the Buckeye near if not at the top. If Ohio State does in fact become a serious threat to land Rouse, they would be gaining the ninth best player in Washington D.C. and a top 100 offensive line prospect. Time will tell if this offer will become more, but if a visit does come to fruition then it’s easy to see the interest between both parties is real. 2019 is a very important year for offensive line recruiting, considering the Buckeyes are planning on trying to stockpile the top talent they can land. If so, they’ve struck gold before in the DMV and they may be able to yet again.
Committed QB received OSU offer
The recruitment of the quarterback position is a topic that is seeing some serious changes over the past few weeks. For more than a while it seemed as if Houston native Grant Gunnell would be the 2019 QB in Ohio State’s class. After what was said to be a successful official visit for Gunnell, a pledge has not come yet.
To add, the Buckeyes also dished an offer to current Michigan State commit Dwan Mathis just a week ago. Fast forward a week, and Ohio State is at it again offering another committed QB in the 2019 class. This time it’s Ryan Hilinski, a current South Carolina commit.
As the Buckeyes search full-steam ahead for the leader of their 2019 class, the line of un-committed prospect looks to be slimming and the poaching season may be in full effect. Hilinski, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound pro-style QB from Orange, California, is currently ranked as the No. 6 QB in the country and Cali’s 19th best player. If Ohio State is to become a serious player for Ryan, a visit must occur; while that may be easier said than done, never rule out Ryan Day and Urban Meyer when it comes to recruiting.
If this dynamic duo can get Hilinski on campus for at least an official visit, then they have a shot. While Gunnell may still be the favorite of the class, the coaching staff is showing that they’re wasting no time in looking around to find their guy. With the QB room in Columbus becoming a less full now, the Buckeyes need to restock the position with top talent. With that said, full trust in this staff has to be given with their continued success each year.
Keep them away from TTUN
In the past few articles, it’s been mentioned how well Ohio State has done recruiting in enemy territory. More specifically: recruiting in the state of Michigan. With several prospects holding Ohio State offers in the 2020 class, the Buckeyes have wasted no time in trying to create—and solidify—strong relationships with many around the Detroit area’s top programs.
One receiver prospect who has garnered serious attention from not only Ohio State, but many other top programs, is Rashawn Williams. After seeing Williams play for Legacy Football Organizations, Legacy Elite All-State 7v7 team, Rashawn has both the top end speed as well as the ball skills to make for a more than dynamic receiver at the next level.
Yesterday, in an article with Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, Rashawn took a minute to talk in detail about his interest in Ohio State’s program. With Coach Coombs now in the NFL ranks, the recruiting in Michigan will be done a little differently, but hoping for much of the same success patterns and results. One thing’s for sure: the Buckeyes wouldn’t mind at all adding Williams to the fold.
The fifth best player in Michigan for 2020 and a top 50 receiver, Rashawn would be more than welcomed in Columbus.
• Four-star point guard DJ Carton announced his list of top schools. Listed by the 247sports composite as the top prospect for Iowa in the 2019 class, Carlton included the Buckeyes amongst his six top schools.
• 2020 safety Jordan Morant received an offer from OSU. Morant holds over 10 offers already, and 247sports has Morant graded as a four-star prospect and the No. 3 prospect from New Jersey.