It’s been a whirlwind of a week for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program. Not to rehash every detail, but even in the midst of firing a coach and naming a new one as an interim, the Buckeyes landed their 2020 top running back target—further proving that even when a negative headline hits, recruiting still remains one of the greatest strengths of the coaching staff.
On the brink of what is easily the biggest recruiting weekend left until the season begins, the staff will quickly refocus all of their attention to their visitors. With many top prospects coming to campus, Urban Meyer and the rest of his elite recruiting staff will look to continue to put their best foot forward. With some visitors already in attendance for the weekend, these next two days could be very big for the Bucks.
Is OSU right for Wright?
It’s been a pretty drama-free recruiting cycle for Ohio State. With this class, the solid members haven’t wavered. One recruitment, though, that has been a bit of a roller coaster is with five-star offensive tackle and West Virginia native Darnell Wright. Not only is he the second best offensive tackle in the 2019 class, he’s also listed as West Virginia’s top prospect. Not news to any Ohio State recruiting follower: Wright’s talent. Also not news: the bit of wavering between his relationship with the Buckeyes.
Thought to be a heavy Ohio State favorite at one point, Wright at The Opening in Texas came forward with the rumors swirling that there may be some bad blood between him and current Ohio State pledge Doug Nester—another West Virginian. A rivalry between the two is mainly due to their being from the same city, but also from rival schools during their prep seasons. If that’s the sole reason for Wright to not come to Ohio State, you’d have to think that reasoning is just not acceptable, but since The Opening and weeks to follow, Wright may once again be becoming more interested in the Buckeyes, and the relationship with Nester may not be as serious as you’d think. For Buckeye fans, we’re hoping that’s the case and Meyer can pull both the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players from their neighbors to the east.
If you were wondering... pic.twitter.com/xniYWfOHq2— Darnell Wright (@darnell_5232) July 26, 2018
Yesterday, via his Twitter account, Wright announced his final top 10 schools. Unaware if he will trim it down even further in the months to come, it’s still impressive for these schools to make the cut considering he has a pretty impressive list of offers. On the list included Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, USC, Tennessee and Ohio State.
A trip to Columbus is sure to happen; and if the Buckeyes knock the visit out of the park, they may be able to hold off the SEC for this prospect. Ohio State is currently the overwhelming favorite on the 247sports crystal ball predictions and they’d love to turn that crystal ball into reality.
Coming from out west
As previously mentioned, Ohio State is set to play host to several of their top recruiting targets this weekend. The visitor list is more than impressive and last night started it off with a bang. Ferndale, Washington native Geirean Hatchett, the nation’s seventh best offensive guard prospect in the 2020 class made his way to campus. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect is a top 250 player in his class, the fourth best player in Washington state, and also a composite four-star status player.
While the Buckeyes already hold a commitment from the third best guard in the 2020 class in Luke Wypler and also (most likely) lead for the nation’s best guard in Justin Rogers, it’s easy to tell how well the Buckeyes are not only recruiting, but also putting a serious focus on the offensive line. They may get the two aforementioned players, but they certainly won’t stop recruiting top elite linemen—and Hatchett is easily fitting of that bill.
Amazing day at THE Ohio State University!Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer @OhioStateFB @CoachStudOL @markpantoni @WestonZernechel @ParisJohnsonJr #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/UO9By1VpjG— Geirean (@GeireanHatchett) July 26, 2018
Looking as if he’s enjoying his time on campus, one of the most telling aspects of this weekend is current commit Paris Johnson also pictured in Hatchett’s tweet. A true leader of the class already, this Cincinnati star is taking matters into his own hands to deliver what Buckeye Nation really wants: a top national class for both Meyer and Ohio State.
Well on their way, Johnson and a host of other already in the fold will be making their voices heard not only this weekend, but until National Signing Day 2020. That should have every one of us very excited for what could be possible in the next major haul of Ohio State talent.
- 6-foot-4 2020 receiver, Devell Washington (Bay City, Michigan) will be on campus today at Ohio State. The Michigan native will visit the Wolverines tomorrow, but is currently pegged as a Michigan State lean.
- Rakim Jarrett, the ninth best 2020 receiver from Washington, D.C. will be on Ohio State’s campus both today and tomorrow. A big time visit, this weekend could even possibly be commit watch time for the heavy Ohio State favorite.