Over the weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes made the cut for two top prospects in the 2020 recruiting class. One of them is a five-star wide receiver from a neighboring state, while the other is a four-star cornerback from Miami.
Let’s take a look at who trimmed down their lists and had the Buckeyes as a finalist for their commitment.
Narrowing it down to six
First up is five-star wide receiver Julian Fleming. Fleming stands at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and is one of the most sought after recruits in the upcoming cycle. On Saturday evening, he unveiled his top six schools on Twitter.
Thank you✌ pic.twitter.com/EhUsBaXuzv— 0J4 (@julian_040) February 17, 2019
Joining OSU is an elite crop of institutions. Penn State is the fellow Big Ten school that made the list, in addition to Oregon, Georgia, Alabama and Clemson. Holding 30 offers, some of the schools that didn’t make the cut include Michigan, USC and Notre Dame.
Geography may play a role in where he commits to, as the 247sports crystal balls are leaning heavy on Penn State. Recent contact with the Nittany Lions also is fueling the early projections to State College, as Fleming made a trip to Junior Day at PSU on Feb. 2, as noted on his 247sports profile page.
Ohio State has hauled in marquee wide receivers before. In fact, they are one of the leaders in turning blue-chip recruits into NFL worthy talent. If the Buckeyes are truly serious in Fleming, then sending Brian Hartline in to recruit the Southern Columbia standout needs to be paramount.
Fleming is currently graded by the 247sports composite as the No. 5 overall prospect in the class, and the No. 1 WR and PA recruit. Expect all six of the schools to make a run at Fleming in the following months.
Narrowing it down to eight
Like Fleming, four-star CB Henry Gray (Miami, FL / Miami Central) also trimmed down his list of schools. Receiving over 25 offers, Gray made the announcement of his top eight on Saturday afternoon.
Top 8‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/TaUhJ9HOJ2— Goated (@D1bound_zay2121) February 16, 2019
Just like in the Fleming tweet, OSU and PSU are in the hunt for Gray. However, they are joined by six other schools. Clemson, the reigning national champions, are again on the list, as are five SEC programs. Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn are those SEC programs, but none of them are the early leader in the clubhouse for Gray’s surfaces, according to the crystal ball.
Ohio State and Miami are seen as the early favs by the crystal ball, but with the Hurricanes not making the cut, the Buckeyes might have their hands full with another program that yielded a vote: Clemson.
According to the composite, Gray is the fourth best CB in the class, sixth best prospect in Florida and the 51st overall prospect.
- Former Ohio State commit Lejond Cavazos took part in the The Opening Miami Regional. When all was finished, Cavazos was the combine challenge winner. Graded as a four-star CB, the Buckeyes still have him as a target, as Ryan Day and Jeff Hafley are listed as the primary recruiters on his profile page.
#TheOpening Miami Regional@USAFRecruiting Special Ops Combine Champion— The Opening (@TheOpening) February 17, 2019
Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) - 133.26 pic.twitter.com/EovWwFCQ9j