Ohio State was able to acquire 15 signatures during the early signing period in its 2019 recruiting class. The only name missing that the program was hoping would join them is four-star offensive guard Doug Nester (Huntington, WV / Spring Valley). And while Ohio State is still the favorite to land Nester on National Signing Day next month, it appears the program is doing its due diligence to ensure the position is not vacant if he decides to go somewhere else.
Yesterday, Land-Grant Holy Land’s own Charles Doss talked about how the Buckeyes are set to host standout lineman Dawan Jones next weekend, and it now looks like Ohio State is trying to increase their odds on landing another elite lineman.
Four-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi (Kahuku, HI / Kahuku) announced he will be not be committing until National Signing Day. He was originally planning on making his decision public at the Polynesian Hall of Fame bowl later this month. The move gives him more time to make use of his last allocated official visit, which some are reporting will be to Ohio State.
Please respect my decision...... pic.twitter.com/C3Cxc0pc0v— Enokk "Inoke" Vimahi (@enokkvimahi) January 14, 2019
If correct, Vimahi is planning on joining both Jones and 2021 center prospect Ryan Linthicum.
The Buckeyes entered the race for Vimahi late in the process, not presenting him with an official scholarship offer until earlier this month. That being said, the Hawaii native has long claimed he is not committed to any school, even though some believe USC is the runaway favorite to land him. Meaning if he does find his way down to Ohio State this weekend, Ohio State would be viewed as a legitimate contender to earn a commitment from him.
Now what does this mean for Nester, the everlong verbal commit to Ohio State?
Nothing much. Ohio State likely isn’t looking at this situation as one or the other. If possible, Ryan Day and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff will do what is necessary if both he and Vimahi decide to call Columbus their home away from home for the next three to four years.
Vimahi is the No. 8 OG in the country, the No. 2 recruit from the state of Hawaii and the No. 132 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Ohio State reportedly offers 2020 4-star TE
Ryan Day has been hitting the recruiting trail hard in his first few weeks since officially taking over the Buckeyes’ football program. The newest offer the program sent out was to four-star tight end DJ Rogers (Sammamish, WA / Eastside Catholic), as was reported by Brandon Huffman of 247Sports.
Rogers would make for a great addition to Ohio State’s already impressive 2020 recruiting class, one that ranks at No. 3 in the country in the 247Sports Class Rankings.
The TE position will also be one of great priority in next year’s class as depth will be needed at the position by then. The Buckeyes were able to forgo recruiting the position in this year’s class due to depth but could lose multiple players at the position following the upcoming season.
While the 2020 early signing period is still a ways away, Rogers has already accumulated an impressive 17 scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin.
If Ohio State is serious about getting a commitment from Rogers, the program will have to vamp up their efforts in recruiting him, and get him on campus multiple times in the coming year.
- Ohio State offers 2021 outside linebacker Yanni Karlaftis.
Extremely blessed to have received an offer from the Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/bCIpuXYNPW— Yanni Karlaftis (@therealYK_14) January 14, 2019