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Ohio State hosts top prospects while preparing for Friday Night Lights

It’s a huge week for Buckeye recruiting.

David Ojabo
Brian Dohn - 247Sports

Every year, it seems like there’s a few top prospects that, despite a lack of football experience, have risen up their class rankings because of massive potential and raw talent. That was the case with Penn State’s Jayson Oweh last year, and this year, there’s a new defensive tackle with very little experience playing football, but a ton of upside—and somehow, he hails from the same school.

Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) product David Ojabo has captivated recruiters and coaches all over the country with his incredible combination of size and speed. At 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, he runs a 4.75 40-yard dash time, and is one of the best track runners in the state. He’s a physical freak, and the opportunity to coach him up has defensive line coaches all over the country excited.

Larry Johnson is one of those coaches, and the Buckeyes have been very active in recruiting David, especially in the past few months. They offered a scholarship back in May, and have been in consistent contact with Ojabo. He named Ohio State as one of his top schools on Monday. Today, Ojabo visited the campus, as part of a Midwest tour he seems to be doing.

Ojabo was at Notre Dame over the weekend, Michigan on Monday, for both a camp and a visit, and Ohio State yesterday. I don’t think the Buckeyes lead here, and as of right now, Michigan and Penn State should be considered the favorites. However, I don’t think the Buckeyes are out of it by any means, and will push hard to stay in this recruitment.

‘Bazed’ and confused

Yet another possible Buckeye quarterback in the 2019 class is now off the board. After months of questions about if the Buckeyes would extend an offer to Archbishop Alter (Dayton, OH) quarterback Connor Bazelak, we got a pretty solid answer on Monday, as Bazelak announced his commitment to Missouri.

Bazelak, the 700th ranked player and 25th ranked quarterback, according to 247Sports, seemed like a possibility to fill the quarterback spot, seeing as how he’s from Ohio, and seems to fit the mold of what Ohio State wants at quarterback. However, Ohio State was never particularly interested, and never extended an offer because of it.

This move, while not shocking, does bring the question up once again about who Ohio State’s 2019 quarterback will be. With Grant Gunnell, Graham Mertz, and Bazelak all committed, there’s not a ton of options left for Ohio State. Michigan State commit Dwan Mathis has an offer, but like with Bazelak and Gunnell, Ohio State doesn’t seem fully sold on him.

Right now, the best bet would probably be West Port (Ocala, FL) product Brian Maurer. Maurer, ranked 493rd nationally, doesn’t yet hold a Buckeye offer, but that could change very soon. Maurer will be on campus Friday for FNL, and he will throw, along with 2020 quarterbacks Jack Miller and CJ Dixon, as well as 2021 signal caller Noah Bodden.

If he impresses, and proves that he’s capable of playing at a high enough level, he’ll pick up an offer. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he committed shortly after that.

Quick Hits

  • Permian (Odessa, TX) athlete Peyton Powell included Ohio State in his top ten. He projects out as a wide receiver at the next level, but I don’t think he’s a take for the Buckeyes right now.