February may not seem like a busy month for college football, but first-year Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day and his staff would likely disagree with you.
Recruiting never stops for those that flourish in college football and Day seems to already know this. After months of hard work, Ohio State landed Rutgers grad transfer guard Jonah Jackson Monday—but that was not all.
Ohio State assistant coach Kennedy Cook took to Twitter to announce the Ohio State football camp schedule. These kinds of camps have become a staple in the college football recruiting landscape as they present schools and recruits with great opportunities to show each other what the respective parties have to offer. Therefore, it would only make sense that the schools hosting the most prestigious football camps typically land some of the best classes.
And if that wasn’t enough for a Monday in February, Ohio State made even more headlines yesterday when it came to recruiting.
2021 4-star RB Evan Pryor receives Ohio State offer
The Buckeyes’ coaching staff is hard at work solidifying its 2020 recruiting class as high school juniors will soon be able to take official spring visits to schools across the nation. However, Ohio State is also making sure to keep an eye out for elite prospects in next year’s class in order to get a head start.
The program targeted a blue-chip running back prospect Monday, who has recently seen his recruitment take off.
Evan Pryor (Cornelius, NC William Amos Hough) took to Twitter to show off his new Ohio State scholarship offer, which joins the likes of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Michigan, Clemson, Miami, Oregon and plenty of others.
While only a sophomore in high school, Pryor has already accumulated a reported 27 scholarship offers. It appears he wants to get through the recruiting process rather quickly, as has already taken unofficial visits to Penn State, Georgia and Virginia Tech. And while it is still very early in his recruitment, Penn State is the early favorite to land his services, but this was before the Ohio State offer.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound back is viewed as a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports, and the No. 3 RB in the class.
Ohio State makes the top 11 for 2020 4-star DE
One of Ohio State’s top targets in this year’s recruiting class provided the football program with some good news Monday as well. Four-star defensive end prospect Fadil Diggs (Camden, NJ / Woodrow Wilson) narrowed down his list of suitors to 11—and the Buckeyes made the cut.
Alongside Ohio State, Fadil included Georgia, Virginia Tech, Maryland North Carolina, Temple, Tennessee, Florida, Texas A&M, Penn State and West Virginia in his list of top schools.
Outside of this list, Fadil’s recruitment is as up in the air as it gets. Currently, there are no predictions cast in the 247Sports Crystal Ball but there are a few schools who have to be viewed as having a better chance right now than the rest. Fadil has taken unofficial visits to Penn State, Maryland and Virginia Tech but will likely take more to the remaining schools in the above Tweet.
However, we likely won’t know much more about the direction he is leaning until he begins taking official visits. Until then, all of the above 11 schools have an equal opportunity in the race for his services.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound weak-side defensive end is the No. 7 at his position in the 247Sports Composite rankings and is the No. 115 overall prospect.