Coming off the ever-important Friday Night Lights camp, the Ohio State Buckeyes have to like where they sit. Following Friday’s camp, which was moved indoors and was made unavailable to the public due to weather, the Buckeyes earned what could be their most important recruit of this year’s class when four-star QB Dwan Mathis (Belleville, MI / Oak Park) flipped from Michigan State and joined Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class.
The addition has Ohio State slated as the No. 10 recruiting class in the country along with being No. 1 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.
However, now that the dust has settled and Ohio State has its signal caller of the future, the team can now shift focus on adding talent around Mathis to ensure that he and the current Buckeye QB’s have the necessary tools to keep the program at elite-level status in the years to come.
That being said, there will likely be a slowdown in college football recruiting. Monday marked the start of the recruiting dead period, which will last through July 24. During this time, coaches cannot have face-to-face contact with recruits or visit their high schools. However, written and phone contact is still allowed.
Be that as it may, do not expect Ohio State to fall out of the college football recruiting headlines through the coming month.
Ohio State working on massive WR haul
As was previously mentioned, Ohio State held its annual Friday Night Lights camp last week and the team has already been reaping the rewards of it.
One of the bigger names that attended the event was wide receiver Jameson Williams (Saint Louis, MO / Cardinal Ritter College Prep). The four-star recruit has long been a target for Ohio State and it appears that following the camp, Ohio State now sits in the driver’s seat in his recruitment.
Williams took to Twitter Monday to express his feelings on his official visit to the University.
While the above Tweet obviously spells good news for Ohio State, there have been even more positive reports regarding Williams and his feelings on the Buckeyes following his visit.
Longtime Ohio State recruiting analyst, Jeremy Birmingham of Letterman Row, reported that he spoke with Williams and he was told Ohio State is “the school to beat” right now in his recruitment.
Ohio State has already been able to successfully obtain a commitment from one of the top WR’s in the country in five-star WR Garrett Wilson, but the coaching staff wants to add to this because of the expected loss at the position following the upcoming season.
Landing Williams would be big for the Buckeyes as the 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 26 WR in the country and the No. 146 overall recruit.
But like was previously mentioned, the Buckeyes are expecting to lose a plethora of talent at WR following this season, so the coaching staff is working hard in an attempt to build a massive haul at the position. Therefore, Williams wasn’t the only blue-chip WR to attend Friday Night Lights that now appears to be trending in Ohio State’s direction.
Four-star Ohio State WR target Marcus Washington (Saint Louis, MO / Trinity Catholic) also attended the event and the Buckeyes appear to be the favorite to land his commitment.
Like Williams, Washington has long been an Ohio State target and the two combined with Wilson would make up exactly what the Ohio State coaching staff has been trying to bring in at the position.
While Washington has yet to verbalize that the Buckeyes are his top school, the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions view Ohio State as the runaway favorite to land a commitment with 100 percent of the 13 predictions submitted.
If Ohio State is able to earn commitment from the above two WR targets, the group could look to bring a fourth member to Columbus with them. Wilson, Williams, Washington and four-star WR prospect Elijah Higgins were tweeting at one another Monday discussing the likes of all four of them ending up at Ohio State. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, this is looking like a very strong possibility.
— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) June 25, 2018
More Friday Night Lights Visitors:
Ohio State hosted multiple-top level recruits this past Friday for its annual Friday Night Lights camp. Monday we listed multiple recruits that found their way to Columbus and below are a few more:
Town: Fort Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas
Other Notable Offers: Miami, Clemson, Baylor, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan
Town: Riverside, MO / Park Hill South
Other Notable Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Clemson, Louisville
Town: Odessa, TX / Permian
Other Notable Offers: Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Utah, Illinois, Nebraska
“Young Savage...Big Dawg Status.” THE Ohio State University⭕️ pic.twitter.com/XtRNms1tyE— ️ (@PPowell_) June 25, 2018
- Ohio State three-star defensive end target David Ojabo listed the Buckeyes among his top five schools along with Michigan, Texas A&M, Penn State and Notre Dame. Ojabo’s recruitment has taken off over the last few months and last visited Ohio State June 19.
- Ohio State offered 2020 WR prospect Devell Washington Monday evening. The three-star prospect holds offers from Michigan and Michigan State among others already.