It was a pretty eventful Wednesday for the Ohio State Buckeyes. A television time was set for the early season showdown with TCU (8 p.m. ET) and future football schedules saw some additions—and postponement. The Bucks added Buffalo and Akron to the 2020 and 2021 schedules, respectively, while pushing back the home-and-home series with Texas to 2025-26.
While the Texas showdown seems like an eternity away, and the TCU kickoff feels like it’ll take forever to get here, too, there is some good news for Buckeye fans looking for some football news: the recruiting trail is hot for the Scarlet and Gray.
On top of all the scheduling news from Wednesday, an offer was announced to a 2020 prospect.
Speaking of the Lone Star State
Football matchups with Texas programs aren’t the only reason for why the Bucks are making their way into the Lone Star State. Recruits are there, too.
Wednesday brought the announcement that class of 2020 wide receiver Troy Omeire (Sugar Land, TX / Fort Bend Austin) received an offer from the Scarlet and Gray. Omeire made the offer known on Twitter.
A 6-foot-3.5 wideout, Omeire already has a bundle of offers. According to 247sports, he has 11 already from the likes of Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Just this month, he’s received three offers; one of those came from the Buckeyes, while the other two came from the Rebels and Boston College.
While a full composite score isn’t out yet for Omeire, 247sports has graded him already. With still a couple years to improve, the Sugar Land product comes in as an early four-star recruit and is the 132nd overall prospect in his class. At the WR position he’s seen as the 26th best; inside the state of Texas, he comes in as the 16th best prospect.
From a stats standpoint, he had a somewhat productive 2017 campaign on the gridiron. He hauled in 39 receptions for 742 yards and eight touchdowns. Here are some of his highlights, courtesy of a video posted to Hudl.
As mentioned, power programs have already taken notice at what Omeire can do. But who’s the early favorite to land this Texas college-star-to-be? Unsurprisingly, it’s a Texas school. Even though there is only one crystal ball prediction in for the Fort Bend Austin attendee, it’s for the Aggies of Texas A&M. The prediction came in on April 21—about one week after Omeire made an unofficial visit to College Station.
There is still plenty of time for the Buckeyes to really jump into the game for Omeire. Over the next two seasons, there will be a mass exodus of talent leaving Ohio State at the receiving position, so they’ll need to find the next great pass catchers. Garrett Wilson was the big get in the 2019 class at the receiving position, but the Bucks will need more than one star wideout down the line.
A prediction in for Smith
Omeire still has plenty of time before he needs to make a decision. Five-star inside linebacker Brandon Smith (Mineral, VA / Louisa County) on the other hand, doesn’t have a lot of time left before he makes his verbal commitment known.
Smith’s commitment announcement was talked about yesterday in the recruiting round up, but on Wednesday, three crystal ball prediction were submitted—and all of them are not good news if you wanted to see Smith in the Scarlet and Gray.
All three votes casted in the 247sports crystal ball pointed to Penn State being the school that Smith will pick at 5 p.m. ET on May 21. The trio of crystal ball predictions on Wednesday go along with the trio of votes casted on Tuesday: they are all for James Franklin’s program securing the five-star product’s verbal pledge.
A member of the 2019 class, Smith is considered the 30th best prospect, second best ILB and top player in Virginia.