Since Ryan Day was named the predecessor to Urban Meyer, there has been an uptick in scholarship offers being given to prospects beyond the 2019 recruiting class. Day and his coaching staff are working hard to keep the Ohio State Buckeyes among the nation’s best when it comes to recruiting.
Those efforts have paid off as the program has already added a commitment in three-star offensive tackle Jakob James since the turn of the year.
Ohio State is hoping for more good news to follow shortly as the program made the top five schools list for a recently offered five-star WR prospect.
You gotta tell The WIZRD, it’s a story like a book...✍ pic.twitter.com/EtDeCfmwXv— Johnny Wilson (@jjohnnywilson) January 28, 2019
Johnny Wilson (Calabasas, CA / Calabasas) was one of the first recruits to receive an Ohio State scholarship offer after the turning of the tides took place at head coach. The blue-chip prospect received the offer Dec. 12 and Day and Buckeyes’ WR coach Brian Hartline have already catapulted the school into his top five.
Along with Ohio State, Wilson listed Washington, Texas, Oregon and UCLA in his top schools list after receiving a reported 36 scholarship offers from across the country. It is still early in his recruitment but Washington and UCLA have to be viewed as the early favorites as those are the only two schools he has visited. However, expect Ohio State to get him on campus on numerous occasions in the coming year.
Wilson is rated as the No. 2 WR in next years class as well as the No. 18 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Ohio State visits with elite Florida prospect
Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff hit the recruiting trail on Monday travelling down south to the sunshine state. The Lakeland High School football team’s Twitter account took to Twitter to thank Day and Co. for visiting the school today.
Thanks to Head Coach Ryan Day @ryandaytime from THE Ohio State for stopping by to check out our guys and our program !!! ⚓️ ⚓️ #NAUGHTS #BUCKEYES @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/yV6vohjTOd— Lakeland Football (@LHSDreadnaughts) January 28, 2019
While the coaching staff likely evaluated multiple recruits on the visit, the most important had to be 2020 five-star running back Demarkcus Bowman.
The Buckeyes already hold a verbal commitment from a RB in next year’s class in four-star Darvon Hubbard (Scottsdale, AZ / Chaparral), but the program will be looking to add at least one more alongside him as current Ohio State back J.K. Dobbins will likely leaving for the NFL following next year’s football season.
Currently, Florida is viewed as the early favorite to land Bowman, Ohio State is far from out of the running. If the school can get him on campus in the following year, the chances of landing him skyrocket and the school will instantly become a legitimate contender to land his services. There is still a lot of time left before prospects in next year’s class have to make a decision on where to continue their football careers, and Ohio State is looking to take advantage of it.
Bowman is rated as the No. 5 RB in the 2020 recruiting class as well as the No. 32 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
- Four-star 2019 OG Enokk Vimahi took to Twitter Monday to express his gratitude and excitement following his recent official visit to Ohio State. Land-Grant Holy Land’s own Charles Doss talked more about how his visit went recently.
The ️hio State University #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/EeLPY8pR0P— Enokk "Inoke" Vimahi (@enokkvimahi) January 28, 2019