It’s been just about as busy a week as possible in Buckeye recruiting. From Sunday (June 24) to yesterday, Ohio State landed five commitments, including three 2020 recruits. They’ve added two strong quarterbacks, two safeties, and one of the nation’s best offensive tackles. To say it was good week would be a pretty big understatement.
Despite all those commitments, there are still plenty of non-commitment related topics to talk about from this past weekend in the recruiting world, and some things to look forward to this week. The most important news item comes to us by way of Blair Academy in New Jersey.
Defensive end David Ojabo has been a topic of discussion for quite a few programs in the midwest for several months now. Ohio State is no exception. He’s pretty much brand new to the game (just finished his first year of playing organized football), and his athleticism and potential make him an interesting target. On Friday, he announced that he’d be committing on Monday night.
I will be commiting July 2nd‼️‼️— King Ojabo (@DavidOjabo) June 29, 2018
While it’s easy to see why there’s intrigue, Ojabo has never been a top target for Ohio State in 2019. There are defensive ends that they like more in the class, and that’s why when Ojabo announces his commitment tonight, it won’t be to Ohio State. My guess is that he picks Michigan.
Washington having second thoughts?
For a while now, it’s seemed like St. Louis receiver Marcus Washington would be committed to a school by the time summer ends. He’d been planning an Aug. 7 (his birthday) commitment day for months, and seemed to be right on schedule, after announcing a top six of Florida State, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas a little while ago.
When Washington visited Ohio State last weekend for Friday Night Lights, it certainly felt as if things were trending towards the Buckeyes being the pick on Aug. 7, or perhaps even sooner if Washington was blown away by the visit. While all things indicate that Washington did have a great trip to Columbus, reports from Nike’s The Opening yesterday indicate that it may be time to pump the breaks.
4-star Missouri WR Marcus Washington recently took his first official visit to #OhioState, which he called an eye-opening experience. He’s aiming to visit #HookEm right after the dead period. Decision likely after his senior season pic.twitter.com/NYDr2Re7eP— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 30, 2018
A timeframe shifting from early to August to all the way after the season is not great news for the Buckeyes. It seemed like they were surging, and that they had ran away with this recruitment, but Marcus deciding to take a step back seems to indicate that he didn’t see enough to convince him that Ohio State is the place to go, and that the door is still open for the rest of his top five. He had this to say to Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham:
“At first, I was trying to commit before the season, but I haven’t been able to get up to every school,” he said before pointing to a trip to Texas he has planned for July 28. “If I don’t end up committing toward the end of the summer, it’ll probably be toward the end of the season before signing day.”
The longer Marcus holds out, the more of a chance the hometown team, Missouri, or even a team like Texas will have to sell him on staying closer to home. It’s hard to bet against Ohio State when it comes to the recruiting trail, but this is not an encouraging update. The Buckeyes are still in a great place with Marcus, as well as fellow St. Louis wideout Jameson Williams, but they have lots of work to do. It’s time for Ryan Day and Zach Smith to show what they’ve got.