Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 12 hours or so you probably already know about Ryan Day and the rest of the coaching staff locking up another verbal pledge from a class of 2020 standout.
If not, Land-Grant Holy Land is here to get you caught back up with things.
4-star CB picks OSU
It might’ve been a bye week for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Day and crew didn’t really take the last few days off.
Kicking the weekend off by checking out verbal commits in action on Friday, the Buckeye boss finished it by landing a four-star cornerback from the Longhorn state.
Selecting the Buckeyes on Sunday night just over a week after decommitting from the Sooners of Oklahoma, Ryan Watts, a Little Elm (TX) senior, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Bowl selection, became the 24th member of the class of 2020 to give Ohio State their word.
Watts, who stands around 6-foot-2 and 187-pounds, recently had a chance to see what it’s like to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray with his own eyes. Like many others have took advantage of this football season, Watts had his official visit on the Columbus campus when the Buckeyes took on the Miami RedHawks last month.
While I could tell you more about Watts, and what he could potentially add to the Buckeyes future roster, but I’d rather leave that to someone who has seen him in action. Gabe Brooks, a recruiting analyst with 247Sports, had the following to say about the current 19th cornerback, and 258th overall prospect in the country.
“Huge cornerback prospect with elite frame relative to the position. Possesses outstanding height and length. Owns college-ready size, yet still plenty of space to add more bulk. Built like a basketball player. Flashes impressive turn-and-bail ability, especially relative to frame. Fairly light and nimble in his backpedal. Large wingspan aids in disrupting passing windows and catch point. Almost limitless ceiling as a jammer because of size/length/strength potential. Should present a tough customer in the red zone. Strong tester — verified 4.59 40, 4.20 shuttle, 38-inch vertical. Generally uses arm extension well. Not afraid to mix it up in press. Can improve strength, particularly to aid in run support and tackle power. Doesn’t always play to size as a tackler. More of a cutter than a hitter. Can improve ball skills. Needs to more consistently maximize high-pointing ability on contested throws. Just coming into his own, but possesses unusual tools for a high-major corner prospect. Definite Power Five starter with NFL Draft ceiling with proper development.”
You win some, you lose some
Just because you offer a top prospect a scholarship doesn’t mean he’s going to accept. The Buckeyes landed a nice piece to their class of 2020, but missed out on adding another one to their 2021 puzzle on Sunday.
Hours before Watts announced his intentions to play in Columbus, a Central, Ohio native took to his Twitter page to let the world know he’ll be heading to South Bend for his college career.
Four-star Pickerington Central wide receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr. won’t follow in the footsteps of his father Lorenzo Styles, a former Buckeye linebacker after all, instead he will start his own legacy at Notre Dame.
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”— gozozogo (@LorenzoStyles3) October 13, 2019
100% COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/8UlD5I2yT4
No stranger to the sidelines of Ohio Stadium, the 6’1 170-pound Styles decided to shut things down just a week after once again roaming the Horseshoe with current 2021 OSU commit, and fellow Pickerington native Jack Sawyer.
- Class of 2021 four-star wide receiver Mario Williams released his top 10 via his Twitter page over the weekend. While things could change in a hurry, Ohio State, Texas, Miami, Georgia, Oregon, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma are currently sticking out over other programs for the 5-foot-10 playmaker from Plant City, Florida.