Last night’s NFL game between the Browns and the Jets was exactly the kind of recruiting pitch the Buckeyes love seeing. Now before the obvious is pointed out that it wasn’t Ohio State playing, there were former Buckeyes all over the field making plays for both teams. With guys such as Darron Lee, Denzel Ward, Terrelle Pryor and Carlos Hyde, the Ohio State coaching staff as well as recruits all over the country have to be impressed at the type of development going on in Columbus.
With eyes on the game last night, recruiting by the staff wasn’t directly in their hands. To be honest, it may have even been better because when those former Buckeyes are scoring touchdowns or causing fumble recoveries, the notion to remember Ohio State is fresh in the mind.
This weekend, when the current Buckeyes take the field in Ohio Stadium, the same eyes will be watching and some watching directly in person.
Short trip for Sawyer
Ohio State has been every bit of incredible when it comes to the defensive end position on the football field. The ability to recruit with position coach Larry Johnson has proven to be a recipe for success. One of the nation’s best prospects in the 2021 class plays DE and, luckily, not only hails from Ohio, but also lives just minutes away from the Ohio State campus. Much like Zach Harrison in the current 2019 cycle, the Buckeyes have the nation’s best DE right in their backyard for his respective recruiting class. Enter 2021 recruit Jack Sawyer, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound monster of a high school sophomore.
A heavy Buckeye lean in most opinions, Jack does have every crystal ball prediction in favor of Ohio State. Of course there’s a ways to go in this recruitment, but with another visit planned for this weekend’s game versus Tulane, having Sawyer back on campus is just another brick in continuing to lay a firm foundation for a great relationship.
Turner feeling the OSU love
Back in April, the Buckeyes saw their recruiting efforts head into Kansas when they offered Turner Corcoran, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle in the class of 2020. Able to visit Ohio State this past summer in June, Corcoran has been linked to the Buckeyes ever since both the offer and his unofficial summer visit. Ranked as the top overall player in Kansas for his class, Turner is also the ninth best tackle and the 86th best player regardless of position for his 2020 cycle. A star nonetheless, Turner is definitely a player the Buckeyes would love to add to their already loaded 2020 class. Fortunately, as it sits right now, Ohio State may be in the driver’s seat for the early lead in his recruitment.
Owning a heavy majority of the 247sports crystal ball predictions, Ohio State and Nebraska are the two schools currently on the list. If this recruitment goes anything like how games between the Buckeyes and Huskers are, the Buckeyes shouldn’t have any trouble. However, with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and more, this recruitment probably won’t be an automatic even though the Buckeyes do look like the clear favorite. Yesterday, though, Turner took to his social media accounts to show off the bit of love he received from the Ohio State football creative media team.
This recruitment just seems to be headed in the right direction, and if that’s the case, the 2020 class may be able to do exactly what the graphic design team is displaying: holding up the national championship trophy. Turner could be a key piece to that puzzle, and it looks like he’s enjoying the possibility of making it a reality.
- Chris Holtmann was in to see 2020 shooting guard Zeb Jackson (Maumee, Ohio/Maumee) yesterday. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound class of 2020 guard is the second best player in Ohio and a top 20 shooting guard in the country. Currently, the Buckeyes lead in the 247sports crystal ball predictions.
Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann was in this morning for 2020 four-star Zeb Jackson, source tells Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 20, 2018