It’s been quite a week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After a Rose Bowl win over Washington, the hiring of a new passing game coordinator in Mike Yurcich, and more rumors of who could be joining Ryan Day’s newest defensive staff, there’s been little downtime for Ohio State. The interesting thing to note here is how active the Buckeyes are this week even after the bowl game. Knowing though that Ryan Day needs to solidify his staff and get after the recruiting trail again as top priority, there’s really no surprise in the moving pieces and how quickly they’re moving.
It looks as if one of the greatest lessons Day has taken from Meyer and put into practice is the recruiting efforts. If Day can continue the trend Meyer had built in his Ohio State tenure, you can pretty much guarantee the success in Columbus will only continue. In fact, tomorrow, look for six Ohio State signees in the All-American Bowl. Those future Buckeyes alone are proof that success is still the plan for the future of the program.
Man am I glad we got that guy!
Yesterday was day three of practice at the All-American Bowl, which will kickoff tomorrow from the Alamodome in San Antonio at 1 p.m. ET. Of the many Buckeye prospects that have impressed with their abilities, none may be more impressive than five-star Georgia native, center (and OSU signee) Harry Miller. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound monster of an offensive lineman doesn’t really need an introduction as most Buckeye followers know just exactly what Miller brings to the table, but when he’s having this good of a week against other top talent from around the country it’s worth noting how special this kid is about to be for Ohio State.
A prospect the Buckeyes zeroed in on from the start, Miller was and is a player that is just as impressive off the field as he is on it and that’s saying something. Yesterday, 247sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong was quoted as saying Miller gathered many of the offensive linemen players at the All-American Bowl off field talking about doing charity work and community service. Just a great player and person all around, Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are getting a truly unique type of player. Add this all to the fact that coaches down in Texas for the Bowl were claiming Miller as a “15-year NFL type player” and you see why nearly every other school in the country wanted Miller in their 2019 recruiting class.
On Wednesday, Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic posted some footage of Miller in full-contact competitions. Weather it was in 1-on-1’s or in half line drills, Miller showed exactly why he’s worthy of his 5-star ranking.
Center and #OhioState signee @h_miller76 at it again with great 1 on 1 rep. pic.twitter.com/BvQyr1gPMo— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) January 2, 2019
Future #OhioState center @h_miller76 ins again against LSU bound Siaki Ika. pic.twitter.com/mdjHWVEmup— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) January 2, 2019
These are just two short clips of Harry Miller dominating, but he wasn’t alone. Other future Buckeyes such as Garrett Wilson and Zach Harrison have also stood out with their practice performances. In addition to the names already listed, Steele Chambers and Doug Nester (commit), will be the last playing in full-contact, but Ronnie Hickman will be in attendance as well even though due to injuries he is unable to play. With six Ohio State guys there, the Buckeyes will certainly be well represented once again. It would be seven with Cade Stover being the final, but with his prep basketball season well underway, Stover has attending at home to be done.
Buckeye hoops recruiting still going hard
The Buckeye hoops squad is off to another awesome start. At 12-1 right now, this team that was “supposed” to be a transition year for the program is showing that more than anything they’ll compete and not be limited on the court to what the early prognosticators predicted for their season. One reason why: The priority in recruiting for Holtmann and his staff. It’s been said quite a bit, but it really is impressive how well Holtmann has done on the court coaching wise and that is really in direct correlation with the guys he’s bringing to Columbus to suit up for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will be in this weekend for 2020 five-star BJ Boston, a source told Stockrisers and Prep Hoops.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) January 3, 2019
Boston is currently the 13th ranked prospect nationally in Prep Hoops ‘20 rankings.@PrepHoops | @PrepHoopsGA | @stockrisers
This week, even when the Buckeyes have conference matchups, the recruiting doesn’t stop. The staff will certainly be in many places, but one player sure to get an Ohio State visit is 2020 five-star, Brandon Boston Jr.. The 6-foot-6, 175-pound Georgia native is the third best shooting guard in the class, the best player in Georgia, and the 10th best player regardless of position in 2020, according to the 247sports composite. A total star on the court, Boston has the attention from basically everyone as he owns nearly 30 offers. The team thought to be the front-runner for Boston is Duke, but then again, every five-star hoopster is usually linked to the Blue Devils. If the Buckeyes want to get into this recruitment they’ll have to fend off some serious competitors, but if we’ve learned one thing from Holtmann’s short tenure it’s to not doubt him on and off the court.