Yesterday, the recruiting roundup focused on what the Ohio State Buckeyes could be dealing with on National Signing Day, which takes place next week. Today’s look around the state of OSU recruiting focuses on the future; more specifically, the offers that went out to prospects.
One of those prospects? A 2022 pro-style quarterback by the name of Maalik Murphy. Murphy made the offer known on Twitter on Tuesday night.
Extremely blessed to say I have received an offer from Ohio State!!#gobuckeyes pic.twitter.com/uHIbsx6gYy— HIM. (@maalik_murphy) January 29, 2019
Holding seven reported offers, the Buckeyes enter a race that already includes Florida State and Georgia. A Gardena, California, native, Murphy hasn’t garnered many offers from West Coast programs. According to his 247sports profile page, Colorado State is the furthest west program to make an offer.
Murphy doesn’t hold a recruiting grade or rank yet, but when gets one, it’ll probably be high. Big Ten offers from Michigan, Indiana and OSU are coupled with other notable power programs. If those teams are interested, then Murphy is showing the signs of being capable to play major college football.
The QB offers didn’t stop there. The Buckeyes also made a move for a 2021 QB, who also happens to be from California. Jake Garcia (Harbor City, CA / Narbonne) is a pro-style QB and holds a four-star grade from 247sports. He is considered the third best pro-style QB in his class. Like Murphy, Garcia made his offer known via Twitter on Tuesday evening.
Truly blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University ️ #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/m33IoGL6hc— Jake Garcia (@JakeGarcia14) January 30, 2019
Garcia has over 10 offers so far, and they include some solid schools. USC, Nebraska, Florida, Florida State and Georgia are the big offers that stand out—in addition to Ohio State. Only one 247sports crystal ball prediction is in for Garcia, and it points to Nebraska.
There is plenty of recruiting left to do for the 2021 class, so, literally, nothing is set in stone. But the fact that OSU is in the hunt for QBs that far out shows that they are committed in the process.
A little bit closer
Not only did the Bucks look way into the timeline, they also made an offer to a recruit that’s in a class in the not too distant future. Three-star defensive end Aaron Lewis (Williamstown, NJ / Williamstown) is a member of the 2020 recruiting cycle. He made his announcement of the offer Wednesday afternoon.
Blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio state university ⭕️❌@CoachMattBarnes pic.twitter.com/lTvS4gRc5w— aaron.lewis84 (@AaronLe46886074) January 30, 2019
With nearly 10 offers received, Lewis is picking up attention from schools around the New Jersey region. Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Rutgers and Boston College are just some of the schools that have submitted offers.
Recently though, it appears that more schools are taking notice of the 6-foot-6, 235-pound strong-side DE. Wisconsin made him an offer last month, and now Ohio State has added their name to the growing list of programs interested in the Williamstown prospect.
The 247sports composite has him graded as the 33rd best SDE and 18th best New Jersey prospect in the class.