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Ohio State targets take over Rivals Top 10

Rivals unveiled its new top-10 prospects for the 2020 recruiting class—and it is littered with Buckeye targets.

Paris Johnson Jr.
SB Nation

Ohio State coach Ryan Day’s first true recruiting class is quickly taking shape. With seven verbal commitments in the 2020 class already, the Buckeyes sit at No. 5 in the 247Sports Class Rankings.

On Monday, the pedigree of Ohio State’s recruiting class for next year received another accolade. Rivals.com released its updated top ten list , and there’s a slew of Buckeye targets that made the cut, including five-star offensive tackle verbal commit Paris Johnson Jr. (Cincinnati, OH / St.Xavier).

5-star CB Elias Ricks

Rivals Ranking: No. 4

Size: 6’2/180 lbs.

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA / Mater Dei

Recruitment Status: Verbally committed to LSU

Summary: While Ricks committed to LSU back in December, Ohio State appears to still be in the picture. Earlier this year he stated that he planned to visit the Buckeyes at some point in the coming year and that Ohio State is the most aggressive school in his recruitment.

5-star OT Paris Johnson Jr.

Rivals Ranking: No. 5

Size: 6’8/295 lbs.

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier

Recruitment Status: Verbally committed to Ohio State

Summary: Johnson was the first verbal commit in Ohio State’s 2020 class, pledging his services to play for Ohio State in June 2018. Immediately following his commitment, he began recruiting other elite targets in the class to join him in Columbus. After looking like the leader of the class, Johnson’s commitment to Ohio State took a blow following the announcement that Urban Meyer would be stepping away as the captain of the football team. However, Day has done a great job at building on his relationship with Johnson and his commitment is beginning to look as solid as it once was. Johnson is back to recruiting others in the class to join him and will likely be the most important prospect in the class for Ohio State.

5-star DE Bryan Bresee

Rivals Ranking: No. 6

Size: 6’5/290 lbs.

Hometown: Damascus, MD / Damascus

Recruitment Status: Top six of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State

Summary: Bresee’s recruitment is obviously more up-in-the-air than the previously mentioned prospects—hence his lack of a commitment. Pretty much all that is certain in his recruitment is that he has narrowed down his long list of suitors to six schools. What is known is that he is consistently viewed as the top DE prospect in the 2020 class and will be a huge addition to whichever school he chooses. Currently, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State are all tied at 20-percent in the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions with Georgia trending upwards.

5-star CB Kelee Ringo

Rivals Ranking: No. 9

Size: 6’2/205 lbs.

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ / Saguaro

Recruitment Status: Holds 34 offers from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Texas, Washington, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, etc.

Summary: Washington and Texas are viewed as the favorites to land Ringo at this stage in his recruitment but the Buckeyes will be smart to use their secret weapon in his recruitment. Being from Arizona, Ringo has established a strong relationship with current Ohio State quarterback commit Jack Miller. The future signal-caller for the Buckeyes has been seen recruiting Ringo lately, and with Ringo’s recruitment yet to have a true front-runner, Ohio State is well in the mix to land, although it is a slight underdog right now.

5-star OG Justin Rogers

Rivals Ranking: No. 10

Size: 6’3/311 lbs.

Hometown: Oak Park, MI / Oak Park

Recruitment Status: Holds a reported 46 offers from the likes of Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Alabama LSU, etc.

Summary: Rodgers has long been associated with Ohio State and the school has been viewed as the favorite to land him for almost just as long. However, Georgia has been trending upwards as of late and the distance between the schools now appears closer than ever. We will have to wait until Rogers begins taking official visits before speculating on which direction he is leaning.