Things are a little bit strange right now in Tallahassee. With Jimbo Fisher gone to Texas A&M, Willie Taggart in as the new coach, and a ton of rebuilding to do, there is uncertainty at Florida State for the first time in decades. That could be good news for Ohio State, because the Buckeyes love recruiting Florida, and two of the top in-state programs struggling (Florida and FSU) is a big deal for Buckeye recruiting.
We’ve seen that quite a bit in the last seven years or so, as top prospects like Joey Bosa, Johnnie Dixon, Damon Arnette, Nick Bosa, Binjimen Victor, Shaun Wade, Isaiah Pryor and an additional five signees from the Sunshine State in 2018 picked Ohio State, rather than staying in state, because the top programs are struggling.
With one such commit in the 2019 class already (Jordan Battle), could Ohio State be looking to pick up another? An announcement yesterday from Apopka, Fla., cornerback Renardo Green certainly seems to indicate that the Buckeyes are fighting hard to do just that.
Ohio State official visit is set ️‼️— Renardo Malcom Green (@nado2times) September 11, 2018
Green is a three-star corner, ranked No. 446 nationally and No. 40 among cornerbacks, according to 247Sports. He’s been committed to Florida State since April 16 when he received an offer, but with their slow start, Ohio State seems to be making a push here. While he didn’t announce his visit date yet, his 247Sports page indicates that it’ll be during the Ohio State-Michigan game.
Big weekend upcoming?
While Ohio State is away from home this upcoming weekend, they return to Columbus next weekend with Tulane coming to town. That game will also mark the return of Urban Meyer to the sidelines, which means a lot, not just on the field, but also for recruiting. It’ll be the biggest recruiting weekend yet this season.
We’ll have a full list closer to gameday, but as of right now, there are two major targets worth talking about that will be in attendence. The first of the two is 2020 defensive end Bryan Bresee. Bresee, a Maryland native, is the top ranked player in the class of 2020, and one of Ohio State’s biggest targets in the entire class.
While he’s still a ways out from committing, Bresee is set to attend his second Buckeye game when Tulane comes to town, after he watched the Buckeyes beat Penn State in dramatic fashion. I don’t think Ohio State necessarily leads for Bryan right now, as Penn State has made a big push recently, but a good visit would go a long way. Bresee is set to visit Penn State the following weekend as they host Ohio State.
Along with Bresee, another 2020 prospect, Pickerington North receiver Chris Scott is set to visit Ohio State in two weeks. We caught up with Chris after his big game against Olentangy Orange last Friday, a performance that certainly caught Ohio State’s attention. With his great start to the season, and national attention quickly rising, I wouldn’t be surprised if he picks up an offer on this visit.
- Ohio State offered 2020 safety Jordan Toles. I think he may end up playing basketball in college.
- 2019 all-purpose back Giles Jackson committed to Michigan, which may help Ohio State with the recruitment of Wandale Robinson.