Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football program rarely take a break from recruiting. But when they do, it is well deserved and for good reason. Yesterday, the Buckeyes’ coaching staff chose to honor those who gave their lives for this great country while spending time with their families. Something that is much more important than recruiting.
We cannot begin to express our gratitude for those brave men and women who gave their lives for this great country. You and your families are the true heroes in this world! Your loved ones will not be forgotten on this Memorial Day or any day. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/suIo7ttPTq— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 28, 2018
Top recruits trending towards Ohio State
While Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football program were spending time with their families on Memorial Day, the school still found a way to make moves in the recruiting world.
Ohio State found itself trending towards two of the country’s top recruits in the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions. While these predictions are far from being a certainty, they do provide a glimpse into which direction recruits are leaning towards. Therefore, it is always good news when a 247Sports Recruiting Expert has the confidence to select Ohio State as the prediction for a top recruit.
#PennState receiving numerous #CrystalBall predictions this weekend, including for a few 4-star prospects https://t.co/AD4fYwo42q pic.twitter.com/IfXHiamANq— 247SportsCrystalBall (@247CrystalBall) May 28, 2018
While the above Tweet certainly portrays good news for Big Ten foe Penn State, it also shows Ohio State is trending in the right direction for five-star offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs (Belleville, MI / Belleville) and for three-star OT Jonathan Allen (Dayton, OH / Dunbar).
The more prominent of the two above recruits is Dobbs who ranks as the No. 3 OT in the 2019 recruiting class and is the No. 10 overall recruit despite position.
Dobbs has long been predicted to play for one of the two in-state schools in Michigan or Michigan State. Therefore, it was surprising when Dobbs excluded Michigan from his top schools list released this past weekend.
While this exclusion seemingly places Michigan State as the front runner to land Dobbs, it also opens the door for Ohio State.
Dobbs does have two official visits set for USC and for Auburn, getting Dobbs to take an official visit to Columbus would seem imperative if the Buckeyes are viewed to be true contenders. If they are unable to land a commitment from Dobbs, at the very least it is a good sign when top recruits respect the program enough to place it in their list of top schools.
However, the Buckeyes are looking to add at least on more offensive tackle to this class to go alongside four-stars Doug Nester and Ryan Jacoby. If they are unable to land Dobbs, the aforementioned Allen would be a solid pickup.
Meyer has indicated he wants to put more focus on signing in-state talents and Allen would be just that. And while his recruiting rankings may appear too low for Ohio State’s standards, Allen has gathered an impressive offer sheet including the likes of Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Cincinnati, Kentucky, etc.
Currently, Ohio State is the runaway favorite to land a pledge from Allen, holding 100-percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions with another one coming in yesterday.