As summer quickly approaches, the Ohio State football team is hard at work at team practices preparing for the upcoming college football season. However, this time of year Ohio State’s coaching staff is also hard at work on the recruiting grind.
With high school students being out of school for the summer, they will now have more time to visit colleges they are interested in. And because Urban Meyer has been able to make Ohio State one of the most dominant forces in college football since his time of being head coach of the program, the University hosts some of the best prospects year in and year out.
Following with this, Ohio State is set to host multiple blue-chip prospects on campus today, including 2020 four-star offensive tackle commit Jake Wray (Marietta, OH / Marietta.)
Wray committed to the Buckeyes in April of this year and today’s visit will mark his first time on campus since the commitment. While there is no talk of Wray wavering on his pledge to the University, the big story for those who follow Ohio State recruiting will be who will accompany him during the visit.
Four-star quaterback and current teammate of Wray, Harrison Bailey will be making the short trip to Columbus along with Wray. The news was reported by 247Sports own Bill Kurelic and was then seemingly confirmed via Twitter by Wray himself.
Bailey has yet to receive a 247Sports Composite Ranking, as have many 2020 prospects, but he has shown enough to where he will likely be one of the most sought after prospects in his class. 247Sports has him ranked as their No. 2 pro-style QB and the No. 69 overall prospect despite position.
On top of that, Bailey has also received a reported 20 scholarships already from some of the best college football programs in the country including, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida State, UNC, etc.
While Michigan is viewed as the favorite to land Bailey, Tuesday’s visit could put Ohio State right up their with them, if not put them ahead. Quaterbacks have strong relationships with their offensive linemen and knowing that Wray will be playing in Columbus could make Ohio State one of the main contenders in the race for his commitment.
Make sure to stick with Land-Grant Holy Land as we will have updates on the above visits and more to come.
3-star TE visits Ohio State
While today will likely be a busy day for the Buckeyes as they host some elite talents, don’t think for a second that the Ohio State football program took Monday off from recruiting.
While not holding the accolades that many Ohio State prospects do, 2019 three-star tight end Brenton Strange (Parkersburg, WV / Parkersburg) took to Twitter Monday to express his thoughts on his visit to Columbus.
Had a great time at the Ohio State University today ! pic.twitter.com/p3wQhskkYf— Brenton Strange (@BrentonStrange) June 4, 2018
Ohio State has made it clear that they want to pick up a commitment from a TE this year and while they have offered and are pursuing multiple, there isn’t one that stands out from the group in terms of fit.
Because of this, Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff are looking deeper into the position group to find their guy, and they might have done just that Monday.
Strange has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State and appears to have left without one, however, if the Buckeyes decide to continuing pursuing him, an offer from them would almost certainly be the top of his list. Currently, he holds offers from Akron, Albany, Marshall, Purdue and Rutgers and Louisville and West Virginia have expressed interest.
- Ohio State basketball coaches, as well as others, attended the USA U-18 Trials to watch three-star PF Joseph Girard (Glens Falls, NY / Glens Falls Senior).
Michigan, Villanova, Ohio State, Washington, Notre Dame & Oklahoma had coaches at the USA U-18 Trials watching Joe Girard (34” vertical) @JG3_____ of @TheCityRocks . He’ll be cutting down his extensive list in the very near future. pic.twitter.com/MRYxTGZvXq— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) June 4, 2018
- The Ohio State football program is set to travel to Houston this weekend to participate in the Houston mini-camp hosted by former Ohio State assistant coach Tom Herman and former Ohio State QB and fan-favorite Kenny Guiton.