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Ohio State recruiting: Buckeyes hoping to stay hot in the defensive secondary

Ohio State is making their best effort to land 5-star 2021 DB

Tony Grimes

It really takes some getting used to, but it is in fact game day for the Buckeyes as they head to Evanston to take on Northwestern in a prime time Friday night contest. A rare occurrence to say the least, the match-up between Ohio State and the Wildcats hinders recruiting a little bit for both sides due to most if not all of their top prospects also having a game this evening for their high school squads. Nevertheless, the Buckeyes have the opportunity to continue their quest for an unbeaten regular season and with a re-match of last year’s Big ten Championship game, this will hopefully be a game where the Buckeyes lock it in early and take charge from the get go. So many times it’s been linked as a potential stumbling point, but with how well Ohio State is playing up to this point, the safe bet is that the Buckeyes come in ready to play and look good doing so.

Continue the trend of success

“BIA” is the mantra of the secondary for Ohio State. In fact, players such as Jeff Okudah were even quoted earlier this week in saying they are not concerned with who is DBU because they’re focused on being the “best in America”. In the last several years too, they’ve really been just that. Year after year in no surprise to anyone who follows the Buckeyes, the defensive secondary churns out top elite level products that see their name called at the NFL Draft.

What remains the constant in their recipe for success is the staff’s ability to recruit elite talent and develop it even further into the nation’s top guys. Whether it was under Coach Meyer or now presently Ryan Day, the defensive backs are keeping the Buckeyes defense in great shape and that looks to continue with the current 2020 class and even beyond with the 2021 class next cycle.

The staff’s mission each year is to find the best talent in the country and sell Ohio State and what they have to offer. In 2021, they’ll be in Virginia Beach more than a handful of times doing just that.

Tony Grimes (Virginia Beach, Virginia/Princess Anna) is the top ranked corner back in the country for the 2021 class and checks in nationally as the tenth best recruit regardless of position. A talent that every program in America will be after, the 6-foot, 180 pound corner is one the Buckeyes will be pitching too more times than need mentioned.

Fortunately, the father to Tony, Deon Glover has already taken notice of the the Buckeyes selling points and those seem to have a positive effect on his son Grimes. In fact, according to Letterman Row, Grimes will be back on campus at Ohio State for the upcoming Penn State contest in his first return visit since this summer.

With Grimes heading back to campus in the coming weeks, it will be yet another chance for the Buckeye staff to show why they are the best in the country in development specifically for Grimes and his position group. Add in the fact that the Buckeyes will likely have to replace several members of their current secondary and you can sell the fact that Grimes could be coming into a great situation if he were to choose the Buckeyes when all is said and done.

Of course, with a player of his caliber, it really doesn’t matter the demographic of the secondary room. He’ll find his way onto the field and the staff is happy he’s finding his way back to Columbus for yet another visit.

Better late than never, right?

It wasn’t that long ago when Ohio State was recruiting class of 2017 prospect, Darnay Holmes. The third ranked corner back in the country for the 2017 class, Holmes only trailed current Buckeyes, Jeff Okudah and Shaun Wade in the rankings at their position.

Let’s face it. Holmes was a guy the Buckeyes not only wanted, but according to insiders like Steve Wiltfong of 247sports, Darnay was a “silent commit” to the Buckeyes at one point in his recruitment. We all know what happened though. The week of the All-American Bowl that Holmes played in, he ended up choosing UCLA to the dismay of Buckeye fans and even his own nephew.

Fast forward to present day and Holmes is a college graduate even though he will have another year to play after this current season. The interesting note? Well, UCLA isn’t very good and Holmes could quite possibly want to finish his college career playing for a team that not only is in the hunt for championships, but can also further develop his abilities getting him ready for the next level. The school that Darnay likely is linked to in this case is of course Ohio State, but the Buckeyes realize even now while still paying attention to the transfer portal, Holmes is not listed.

That very well could change and if it does, look for Ohio State to make their pitch to him. Stranger things have happened in college football, but when you consider 2017 guys like Okudah and Wade could be gone for the NFL after this season, it’d only be fitting to finally get Holmes to Columbus to complete the trifecta of having the 2017 top three corners playing in the Ohio State secondary. Buckle up. This could get very interesting.

Quick Hit

  • Current 2020 linebacker commit, Cody Simon received his All-American Bowl jersey yesterday. The ninth best outside linebacker in the country committed to play his final prep game in San Antonio this coming January.