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Ohio State among leaders for 2021 standout

Another top junior is still considering bringing his talents to Columbus.

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With Julian Fleming, Paris Johnson, Kourt Williams, and the rest of the class of 2020 signed, sealed, and delivered to Columbus in the coming months, the class of 2021 are on deck.

Nearly a year until they’ll put pen to paper with a college program, many highly sought after junior recruits have either been shutting down their recruitment or announcing their top leaders.

Already blessed with an early list of talented 2021 pledges, a current teammate of a future Buckeye Lejond Cavazos is the latest standout to take to his Twitter page to share with the world he’s considering bringing his talents to Columbus.

Releasing his top 10 on Friday afternoon, four-star IMG Academy (FL) offensive tackle JC Latham is taking a hard look at ending up at either Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida State, or Miami when it’s all said and done.

Cutting things down from around 25 offers, the 6’5 285-pound Wisconsin native, might be listed as the 13th offensive tackle in the 2021 class, but has potential for the defensive side of the ball as well.

247Sports recruiting analyst John Garcia Jr. had the following to say on Latham’s game:

“Towering height and length with mature, muscular build. Filled out with minimal bad weight early in high school career. Powerful trench talent with upside on either side of the ball. More experience on defense, also the position of preference at this stage. Wingspan combines with power to stress blocker in short order. Counter and redirection ability above average relative to size. Effective hands to disengage. Efficient motor with inside-out pass rushing upside. Some bend. Diagnoses plays well. Works leverage consistently on play side and back side. Scheme versatile with length and mass. Lacks suddenness off of the snap. Plays high at times. With added polish against the passer could challenge for three-down role early in collegiate career.”

Marysville standout talks OSU offer

Always looking for talent to bring into the fold down the line, Ohio State might be knee deep within the 2020, and 2021 classes, but they’re also tracking down potential 2022 Buckeyes.

Already dishing out early scholarships to standout sophomores, Marysville outside linebacker Gabe Powers is one of the latest prospects to earn a chance to run out of the tunnels and onto the turf of Ohio Stadium.

“We called Coach Washington and he told me I had an offer. I was very humbled and blessed to get the offer and it was very shocking to me. I didn’t expect an offer this early in my career” Powers stated to Land-Grant Holy Land over the weekend.

Earning his offer from Ohio State last Thursday, the 6’4 220-pound, Powers adds OSU to what’s quickly becoming a rather solid list of early college opportunities. Earning interest weekly, Florida State, Colorado, and Michigan are also on the prowl for his talents.

While things are just starting to heat up for Powers, his offer from the Buckeyes isn’t something he’s taking very lightly.

“It feels very good and a blessing to get an offer from OSU. Tradition, and excellence is what I think of when I think of OSU football.”

Quick Hits

  • After signing Long Island Lutheran power forward Zed Key on Wednesday, Chris Holtmann, and the OSU basketball squad received a letter of intent from Southwest DeKalb (GA) shooting guard Eugene Brown on Friday. With Key, and Brown officially the in the fold, the Buckeyes two man class is ranked finishes just outside the top 50 overall in the country.