With the recruiting dead period in full effect and the completion of Ohio State’s summer camp season, the coaching staff and recruits alike are taking a much deserved break from communication with each other. Even though the dead period silences contact, there’s still good news for the Buckeyes this week (and even last night) in regards to gaining pledges in both their 2019 and 2020 classes. Ohio State is a recruiting machine as most know and this week was no different. With a staff as good as the Buckeyes, you know even a dead week means there’s going to be some momentum. As the staff and players gear up for the remainder of the summer months and fall camp, recruiting will surely pick back up. However, it may have never slowed down.
Oak Park beginning a pipeline to OSU?
Earlier this week, Buckeye Nation was taken by storm when the never ending 2019 QB recruiting saga was ended. Reported on the evening of Friday Night Lights, Oak Park, Michigan native Dwan Mathis was on campus to visit the Buckeyes. Fast forward a few days and cut out a few details and the one-time Michigan State commit is now the signal caller of the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class. A four-star prospect and the ninth best pro-style QB in the country, per 247sports, the Ohio State staff and fans are thrilled to have this recruitment in the rearview mirror and headed onto other positions of need and interest.
One position of interest, even though in the 2020 class, is always going to be the offensive line. It’s been said by Meyer before several times, the key to a championship caliber team is a strong defensive and offensive line as the battle are always won in the trenches. Keep it in Oak Park and you have a prospect in Justin Rogers that the Buckeyes are extremely high on and would love to add to their 2020 class. A teammate of the aforementioned Mathis, Rogers is no stranger to Ohio State. A visitor to campus several times, the Buckeyes are easily in his top list of schools already and may even be the leader for his services.
Yesterday, in an video interview with Kevin Noon of Rivals.com, Justin took the time to speak about Michigan native players coming to Ohio State and the success they have and will continue to have. As the recruitment of Rogers goes even further, the Buckeyes will definitely continue to play a major role. Now, with Mathis, his current QB now in the fold, this could even help Ohio State’s great chances at landing another Oak Park Knight.
Ohio State continues to make the cut
It’s not unusual to see Ohio State make a top schools list for a top prospect. Literally, in each recruiting cycle that passes, the Buckeyes are seemingly always considered by the nation’s best players. This 2019 cycle and the future 2020 cycle are no different. As one of the top programs in the country in every aspect of their program, the Buckeyes are dominating on the recruiting trail and it’s not out of the question to wonder how long they can keep this momentum going. The easy answer, as long as Meyer is at the helm, you can place a nice chunk of change on success on and off the field.
Yesterday, multiple prospects released their top schools and to no surprise, Ohio State made the cut for both lists. Starting with Tre Williams, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle in the 2020 class of St. John’s College in Washington D.C., Williams trimmed his list to a final 10 schools. With an impressive resume, the four-star prospect ranks as the 10th best defensive tackle in the country and also the fifth best player from DC for his class. With nearly 30 scholarship offers, trimming a list to ten can’t be easy; but with two full seasons still to be played, it’s clear to see a bit of motivation for Tre to get this process figured out sooner than others.
Making the cut for Tre included Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State and Texas A&M. While this list is pretty solid, the good news for Ohio State is that they currently hold every prediction in their favor on the 247sports crystal ball. It’s early, but Meyer and staff have set a great a first impression and have laid a solid foundation to land Williams. Time will tell, but their current status bodes pretty well.
Another top 2020 prospect in Bryan Bresee also gave the Buckeyes some good news last night when his list was trimmed to a final 15 schools. Much like the story of the above Tre Williams, the Buckeyes find themselves in great position for Bresee as well—and they have to love that. Bryan is currently ranked as a five-star prospect, the top player at his defensive end position, the top player in the state of Maryland, and while we’re at it, let’s also mention that he’s considered to be the best prospect in the entire country for the 2020 class.
A 6-foot-5, 290-pounder, every program in the country would love to have this prospect. In addition to the Bucks, Maryland, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia Tech, LSU, Florida, Georgia, USC, Clemson, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and Notre Dame are the only schools that still have a shot. Once again, though, the 247sports crystal ball prediction heavily favors the Buckeyes—and if that does indeed come to pass, this 2020 Ohio State class is going to be one for the ages.