The wide receiver position is one of the biggest priority positions for Ohio State in its 2020 recruiting class. The Buckeyes have lost the majority of their starters following this past season, and will lose at least three more following next season.
Because of this, Ohio State WR coach Brian Hartline has had a busy off-season but the hard work is paying off. The Buckeyes have already secured commitments from two of the nation’s top receivers in four-star’s Gee Scott Jr. (Sammamish, WA / Eastside Catholic) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Rockwall, TX / Rockwell) and in great shape to land the No. 1 and No. 2 WR’s in the class with Julian Fleming (Catawissa, PA / Southern Columbia) and Rakim Jarrett (Washington DC / St Johns College HS.)
But Hartline and head coach Ryan Day aren’t stopping there. Ohio State learned they made the top-10 for another blue-chip receiver Monday in four-star Javian Hester (Tulsa, OK / Booker T. Washington.)
Hester listed Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas alongside Ohio State in his top-10, giving the Buckeyes some stiff competition.
The biggest surprise on the list wasn’t who was included though, instead it was who was left off. Mainly one school in particular, Oklahoma.
Up until this point, the hometown school was thought to be the runaway favorite to land Hester. The Sooners hold 100 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions and were far and above the school he had visited with most.
And while nothing is official in college football recruiting until a player signs his official letter of intent, the Sooners being left off this list leave the door wide open for the Buckeyes to pounce if they please.
Another big-time QB prospect made his way to Ohio State
Ohio State has been playing host to a plethora of talent lately. This past weekend, the Buckeyes had numerous prospects on campus for the student appreciation practice which saw the Buckeyes send out official scholarship offers.
On Monday we learned the school played host to another top-tier talent in 2021 QB Carlos Del Rio (Powder Springs, GA / McEachern.)
Del Rio, like all prospects in next year’s class, has yet to receive an official ranking from 247Sports, but that hasn’t stopped him from racking up an impressive offer list. Schools like Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have all offered the junior QB and Clemson appears to be high on him as well.
The mobile QB has two years to hone in on his skills, but his ceiling continues to grow by the day. Del Rio will likely be one of the top-rated mobile QB’s in next year’s class and expect Ohio State to continue recruiting him.
Getting him on campus this early on in his recruitment is a huge first step and should help separate the program from some of the other schools recruiting him.