clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2021 DL looking forward to weekend trip to Ohio State

The Buckeyes will play host to solid group of prospects over the weekend, including a top pass rusher from Pittsburgh.

NCAA Football: Rose Bowl Game-Ohio State vs Washington Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Are you looking for some of the latest news in the world of Ohio State football recruiting? You came to the right place.

Land-Grant Holy Land is here to save the day.

Donald excited for OSU trip

Ryan Day and the rock star group of Ohio State assistant coaches are set to play host to a long list of talented high school prospects over the next few days.

One of the aforementioned standout recruits to make the trip to Columbus this weekend to see what it would be like to line up for Ohio State at the next level is class of 2021 Elliot Donald.

“I’m looking forward mostly to just meeting the coaching staff and seeing how they operate there,” Donald, a sophomore at Pittsburgh Catholic stated to Land-Grant Holy Land on his upcoming Saturday trip to Columbus.

He is known for tracking down quarterbacks. He completed nearly nine sacks last season as a sophomore, Donald has his fair share of college programs currently pursuing his talents. He received his offer from the Buckeyes in late January. Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Mississippi State, are just some of the schools the Buckeyes find themselves up against for the nephew of NFL All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

With numerous solid choices on the table and many more to come, Donald’s recruitment is starting to take shape rather quickly. Taking things in at the moment, he’s just happy to be in the position that many prospects fantasize about since lacing up their cleats as a child.

“I don’t know what to think honestly,” said Donald. “I’m just happy to see my childhood dream coming true and all my hard work paying off. I feel blessed that a school as big as Ohio State or any school of that caliber would offer me.”

In touch with OSU assistants Larry Johnson, and newly hired linebackers coach Al Washington, the pair has not shied away from their interest in him, even if they are less sure about where the 6-foot-2. 230-pounder might line up if he ends up in the Scarlet and Gray.

“I’ve been in contact with Coach Larry Johnson and mostly Coach Al Washington. The coaches tell me that they like my motor on the field and that they see me fit in their defensive scheme. Coach said that he just likes how I play with a motor and could fly around the field, and that’s the type of players that they like to build their defense on. I’m unsure if they would like me on the inside or as an outside rusher but they’re just going to see how I grow and they’ll place me where they feel I best fit.”

Want to see what caught the Buckeyes attention? Check out Elliot Donald in game action with these highlights of the sophomore standout:

Buckeyes host local prospects

While Elliot will head to Ohio State from Pittsburgh this weekend, another pair of Central, Ohio’s best took yesterday to once again spend time with the Buckeyes.

According to Jeremy Birmingham, and other reporters on hand for the Buckeyes practice on Thursday morning, the OSU coaches had more than just writers roaming the sidelines for a peak of the new look football squad.

No stranger to the Ohio State University campus, class of 2020 four-star Dublin Coffman running back Mike Drennen, and Pickerington North defensive end Jack Sawyer, a current 2021 OSU verbal pledge, were among the guests to see what the Buckeyes are putting together for the upcoming football season.

Sawyer might be off the board, but Drennen, who many think could end up calling Ohio State his future stomping grounds when it’s all said and done, has many big time programs trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Holding around 30 full ride scholarship offers, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound speedster is also considering scoring touchdowns for not just Ohio State, but also Michigan, Penn State, and Notre Dame.