For the Ohio State Buckeyes, things are looking very good on recruiting trail. One member of the 2020 class committed to OSU over the weekend, and a couple others have the Scarlet and Gray in their top schools list. While Urban Meyer is out trying to build the No. 1 class for ‘20, Chris Holtmann is also making moves in the recruiting world. Let’s take a look at what happened over the weekend.
Down to 4
Looking to stock up on wide receivers, the Bucks made the cut for four-star Rakim Jarrett (Washington, DC / St. John’s College HS) on Sunday evening. Jarrett, on Twitter, teased of a major announcement on Saturday afternoon, and delivered with his top schools list on Sunday evening.
July 8, 2018
Joining the Buckeyes are a trio of college football powerhouses—with one of them being a Big Ten foe. Alabama, Penn State and Florida State all have been trending well with the 6-foot wide out, but, according to the 247sports crystal ball, the Buckeyes seem to be trending the best. All five votes point to OSU being the school Jarrett will choose, and four of those votes have come in after July 4. The influence of an Ohio State offer on the recruiting trail cannot be overstated. Jarrett was notified of the opportunity to be a Buckeye on July 2. Within 10 days, the Buckeyes have surged into his top-4 and are seen as the frontrunners.
If Ohio State ends up getting Jarrett, they will be getting an elite prospect. On the 247sports composite, Jarrett ranks as the No. 45 prospect in the class, No. 9 WR, and the No. 2 recruit in DC.
With the releasing of a top schools list, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Jarrett were to make his decision in the near future. If he does end up being a Buckeye, we’ll have you covered.
A top PG to Columbus?
As the football program seems to be getting commitments left and right, the basketball program has also been on the hunt for top talent, too.
Chris Holtmann has already secured a 2019 commitment from four-star small forward Alonzo Gaffney, who was the No. 1 prospect in Ohio. Now, there’s looks to be a chance that the best player from Iowa could be making the move to Columbus.
Five-star ‘19 prospect DJ Carton (Bettendorf, IA / Bettendorf) released his top-3 list of schools on Sunday evening.
Final 3‼️ pic.twitter.com/VwrRhkKgl1— DJ Carton (@DJCarton) July 8, 2018
All three schools in the running for the point guard are prominent Big Ten powers, so the Bucks will have their hands full fighting off Indiana and Michigan. The Wolverines, who were the runner-ups in this past season’s NCAA Tournament, are seen as the leaders right now. Twelve predictions have been casted on the 247sports crystal ball, and all but one of them are in favor of UM.
Granted, Carton visited Michigan at the end of June, so that may have swayed some predictions on the recruiting trail. However, if the Buckeyes can get a visit in, that may be enough to win him over. What Holtmann has done with the program in one year’s time is nothing short of spectacular. If he can convince Carton to be part of this program, then the sky’s the limit for what OSU can do in the coming seasons.
No matter where he lands, Carton will have an impact. He’s currently graded by the 247sports composite as the 24th best prospect in the 2019 class and is the ninth best PG. Nearly 20 schools have come knocking with offers, and over half the Big Ten programs showed interest.
- Five-star defensive end Zach Harrison is seen as the prospect in the 2020 class. Ohio State is seen as the favorite to land the hometown kid. However, a recent 247sports crystal ball prediction forecasts Michigan as the place Harrison will end up committing to. Is this a cause for concern?