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Ohio State recruiting: Are the Buckeyes on the verge of landing another top WR?

The Buckeyes are zeroing in on Rakim Jarrett. Could he be the next in line for 2020?

Rakim Jarrett

If you can believe it, the Ohio State Buckeyes are already under a month until their 2019 spring football game. Leading up to the game, it’s all business right now for the staff and players. As fans await the highly anticipated showing of new Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields, the rest of the team is beginning to take shape for the upcoming season. The beauty of the spring game for the Buckeyes is not only to give the fans an early look at the team, but also the ability to host their top targets for what is always a weekend of excitement.

When recruits come into a spring game and see crowds that are larger than many regular season attendances for other college programs, they know Buckeye football is special. Ryan Day and his staff are already working on an impressive visitor list for the April weekend—and that’s a tradition that won’t stop any time soon.

Could Rakim be next in line?

It’s been discussed at length several times already, but it’s worth repeating: Buckeye receivers coach Brian Hartline is proving himself to not only be a guru with the ins and outs of the game, but in recruiting as well. His ability to close on his top targets in the 2019 class was impressive enough, but his start to the 2020 class is cementing what could be a very lengthy and successful tenure as the coach of the position he too once played for at Ohio State. The Buckeyes main priority as a whole in the 2020 class is on the offensive line. Thankfully, the Buckeyes already boast four pledges in the position group as they look to find at least one to two more. Even though the offensive line may be the largest group of commits, receivers seems to not be far behind as Hartline is after elite level talent in all four corners of the country.

One receiver prospect Ohio State would love to add to the fold is Washington DC native, Rakim Jarrett. A name certainly familiar to Buckeye fans, Jarrett has long thought to have been an Ohio State lean for a while now. The St. John’s College prospect is one of the best receivers in the country and Hartline, as well as the rest of the Ohio State offensive staff, will be in this recruitment until the end, which could be somewhat near. The five-star talent announced earlier this week via his Twitter account that a “commitment coming soon” would be in his plans.

Whether or not the Buckeyes stand a good chance though is the real topic of discussion. While the SEC programs are coming at him fast and furious, Hartline and Ryan Day will do their best to keep their thought to be lead for this elite receiver.

As the Buckeyes continue to court Rakim, yesterday brought some very positive news as did a quick interview with Jarrett which showed just how serious he is about Ohio State and making it his potential landing spot.

If Ohio State and Coach Hartline can add Jarrett to their class, they would not only have the nation’s second ranked receiver, but also boast both the 13th best receiver in Gee Scott Jr. and the 25th best in Jaxon Smith-Njigba. What is looking like it could be an epic receiver haul in 2020 should have Buckeye fans excited about the future of the position and its continued excellence. If Rakim is to join the fold, we may not have to wait that much longer to find out.