Even though we are knee-deep in the offseason, recruiting news doesn’t stop. For the Ohio State Buckeyes, they had a little bit of everything on Wednesday. One recruit picked up an offer, and another one made an unofficial visit. But, one quarterback target the Bucks were eyeing decided to commit to a program that’s just a couple states west of his native Texas.
Add it to the list
Chad Lindberg (League City, TX / Clear Creek) is one of the most sought after offensive tackles in the 2020 class. Standing at 6-foot-6 and carrying a four-star grade from 247sports, Lindberg has picked up 30 offers heading into Wednesday.
By Wednesday afternoon, he could add Ohio State to the list of potential landing spots for his college football days.
Offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma have already arrived to Lindberg, but with the Buckeyes now on the scene, things could shift in their favor. While full recruiting rankings aren’t out yet from the other sites, 247sports’ own grading proves why so many places want Lindberg on their team; the site has him as the 73rd best prospect in the class, 12th highest ranked OT, and the ninth best prospect in the state of Texas.
This is definitely one recruiting battle to keep an eye on.
A visit from Tampa
A three-star safety from Tampa, Dane Belton made the visit up from the Sunshine State to see what the Buckeye program was all about.
Belton holds over 20 offers, and they include some pretty good programs; in the Big Ten, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota have already sent in their offer for the 6-foot-1 defender. Additionally, Louisville and Georgia Tech are just some of the other notable programs to want this Florida native on their team.
But judging by the tweet, it seems like Belton had a good time visiting OSU. While the Bucks haven’t made an offer yet, according to his 247sports profile, getting Belton on campus helps create rapport between the coaches recruiting him—which in this case would be Tony Alford and Alex Grinch.
If that offer does drop from the Buckeyes, we’ll have you covered.
Ohio State’s QB options going forward
Of the QBs in the 2019 recruiting class, four-star Grant Gunnell was seen as one of the more prominent signal-callers on OSU’s radar. Things have now changed, as the Houston native and St. Pius X standout made it known on Twitter that he’s committing to the Arizona Wildcats.
Gunnell officially visited with the Buckeyes back on April 27, a week after he made an official visit to Arizona. But now tied to the Wildcat program, Ohio State will have to look elsewhere for a QB in the current recruiting cycle—if they even want to do that.
In yesterday’s recruiting roundup, Patrick Mayhorn wrote about the dilemma the Bucks may have in their QB pipeline. And last week, Mayhorn even did a breakdown of potential candidates the Scarlet and Gray may pursue if Gunnell committed to someplace outside of Columbus.
Skipping on a QB in 2019 doesn’t look like too bad of an option, especially if they can land a solid four-star QB in the 2020 class. Fortunately, a QB from that class just took an unofficial visit to OSU on Tuesday.
Harrison Bailey (Marietta, GA / Marietta) is the one prospect the Buckeyes may add to their list of would-be QBs in their 2020 class. Bailey is a teammate of current OSU commit Jake Wray, so there is a chance that Wray could lobby Bailey toward spending his college football career in Ohio’s capital city. Bailey currently has 247sports crystal ball predictions trending toward Michigan, Alabama and Florida, so Ohio State will need to do some work on their own.
But with Gunnell seemingly headed to a Pac-12 program, the Buckeyes may have to hang on to the QBs already on their roster and hope that much doesn’t change between now and the 2020 season.