As we celebrated America’s 242nd anniversary of declaring independence, there was also some positive recruiting news happening for the Ohio State Buckeyes. While some people were out running/walking in 5K’s, grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs, or watching the firework festivities, some recruits put out updates.
Let’s take a look at what happened on the recruiting trail on Independence Day 2018.
Cracking the list for an elite WR
Looking in the not-too-distant future, the Bucks got some good news in their pursuit for a five-star Pennsylvania star. Julian Fleming (Catawissa, PA / Southern Columbia) released his top-6 schools via Twitter on Wednesday—and Ohio State found themselves with elite company.
Top 6‼️ (recruitment still open) pic.twitter.com/EZYpuciSRW— 0J4 (@julian_040) July 4, 2018
In addition to in-state powerhouse program Penn State, Virginia Tech, USC, Clemson and Georgia join the Big Ten duo in the hunt for Fleming’s commitment.
According to the 247sports composite, the 6-foot-2 wide out is a must-have for any program. He’s graded as the 12th best overall prospect in the ‘20 class, the second highest WR prospect, and the best recruit out of the Keystone State. In 247sports’ own recruiting rankings, Fleming is even higher-ranked overall; the pass-catcher comes in as the No. 2 prospect in the class, and the top WR and Pennsylvania recruit.
Twenty schools have come knocking with offers to Fleming, but it appears that these six will be the ones he will be focusing on. Earlier on July 4, the Florida State Seminoles made an offer to Fleming, but right now, it appears that they are not on his radar. However, he noted in his tweet that his recruitment is still open.
Fleming unofficially visited OSU on June 18, according to 247sports, so the Buckeye coaching staff has at least had a face-to-face. The day after that visit, though, USC sent him an offer—and the Trojans made the cut.
It’s no secret that Ohio State will need receiving depth over the next couple recruiting classes. Five-star Garrett Wilson is already committed in the 2019 class, but if they can add Fleming to the 2020 class, then OSU will have experienced stacked going into the 2020 season and beyond. It will not be an easy task to the get the Pennsylvania native, as the Nittany Lions hold all nine predictions in the 247sports crystal ball.
We’ll definitely keep you posted if any news breaks on Fleming’s recruitment.
The Aggies Prevail
While Ohio State shows up on the radar for Fleming, they didn’t end up as the lone program for a four-star cornerback in the 2019 class.
Yesterday, in a now-deleted tweet, Erick Young announced a top-3 list of USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma. As mentioned in the recruiting roundup by Patrick Mayhorn, Young appeared to have some fun in his recruitment, as the long-time Texas A&M lean committed to the Aggie program.
Erick Young Is Committed to.....#GoodorGreat ✍ pic.twitter.com/Favi0ABdQX— Erick Young ⁴ (@Fvmous_ey) July 4, 2018