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Twenty-two recruits (and counting) will be in Columbus for Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Saturday is shaping up to be one of OSU’s most important games, not just for this season, but also the future.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like every hour a new high school recruit confirms that he is coming to Columbus this weekend to see a pivotal Big Ten East matchup between the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans. The atmosphere is shaping up to be able to turn the heads of these recruits: a primetime game, OSU donning the fresh all-black uniforms (along with a fan blackout), and the potential to blowout a good team.

Kids from all over the country — and from multiple recruiting years — will be in attendance. While the vast majority of these are unofficial visits, so far at least three will dip into the Buckeyes’ allowance of official trips to Columbus.

The three official visits thus far are five-star wide receiver Julian Fleming, four-star running back Kevontre Bradford, and four-star strong-side DE Tyler Baron. Fleming is already committed, and is doing his part to recruit other top players, actively tweeting out invites for others to come join him in visiting OSU on Oct. 5.

Bradford is the prime target here for the Buckeyes, as they are still seeking a RB commit for the 2020 class. Finally Baron, the third ranked strong-side defensive end in the country would certainly bolster a 2020 class that is also thin at defensive end, with only three-star Ty Hamilton in that spot right now.

Next comes the unofficial visits, a hefty list that only continues to grow. Here is the list in full as of the writing of this article.

Recruits in Columbus for Ohio State vs. Michigan State

2020 Player Star Position Position Rank National Rank Commit Status
2020 Player Star Position Position Rank National Rank Commit Status
Paris Johnson Jr. 5 OT 1 8 Yes - OSU
Jaxon Smith-Njigba 4 WR 10 62 Yes - OSU
Gee Scott Jr. 4 WR 11 63 Yes - OSU
Darion Henry 4 DT 17 168 Yes - OSU
CJ Stroud 4 Pro QB 7 192 No
Lejond Cavazos 4 DB 23 244 Yes - OSU
Cameron Martinez 3 ATH 15 370 Yes - OSU
Grant Toutant 3 OT 30 387 Yes - OSU
2021 Player Star Position Position Rank National Rank Commit Status
Jack Sawyer 5 SDE 2 2 Yes - OSU
Kyle McCord 4 Pro QB 5 29 Yes - OSU
Damon Payne 4 DT 6 39 No
Donovan Edwards 4 RB 4 61 No
Jakailin Johnson 4 CB 6 69 No
Najee Story 4 SDE 11 162 No
Greg Crippin 4 OG 7 206 Yes - Notre Dame
Hudson Wolfe 4 TE 6 216 No
Hunter Wohler 4 SDE 8 241 No
Charles Montgomery 4 ATH 23 258 No
Rodney McGraw 4 SDE 18 309 No
Kyran Montgomery 3 WDE 20 348 No
Jaylen Johnson 3 SDE 17 403 No
Troy Stellato 3 WR 79 464 No

Hopefully the Buckeyes break out all the stops to make this game a spectacle. Like we saw in the Georgia-Notre Dame game, a light show, some smoke and mirrors plus a killer performance by the band can do a lot to get these recruits invested in the program. And this goes without saying, but the louder the fans are the better the atmosphere, and the better the chance that these kids fall in love with the culture at OSU. Last but certainly not least, OSU needs to take care of business on the field. An offensive explosion against this caliber of defense would go a long way towards locking in the recruits on that side of the ball, and a defensive shut-out (a realistic possibility against Michigan State’s mediocre offense) would certainly be attractive to the many, many prospective DB’s and D linemen that will be in town this weekend.

No doubt about it, this will be one of the biggest recruiting weekends of 2019. Let’s get it Buckeyes.