Last week it was the NFL Combine that gave the Buckeyes their latest notch in their belt in terms of recruiting success. After seeing multiple guys cement themselves as top draft picks in this year’s draft, Ryan Day and his coaching staff know that getting guys to the NFL is the ultimate recruiting piece for many of their top targets, and thankfully, 2019 looks like it will keep with the trend.
Right now though, the Buckeyes are now fully engaged with spring football and preparing for their upcoming season. While spring ball is not necessarily more important that preseason camp in August, it’s still a chance to see what kind of team will begin to take shape. Another importance of this spring season is the ability to host their top recruiting targets on campus to get a small taste at what being a Buckeye is all about. Even in their first week of spring practice, prospects were on campus getting their share of Ohio State and what they have to offer.
Two-day visit for Large
Ohio State may not be a school that uses their tight ends as much in the passing game as other schools might, but it certainly hasn’t hurt their recruiting efforts as of late. With the 2017 signing of current Buckeye Jeremy Ruckert, there’s proof that Kevin Wilson and Ohio State can bring elite level tight end talent to Columbus. With Ruckert though his abilities, the use of the TEs in the passing game may just be increased more than ever now that Ryan Day is calling the shots. If this is true, many more top tier tight ends may be on the lookout for the Buckeyes and their ability to develop the position.
Yesterday, a tight end the Buckeyes would love to add to their 2020 class, Cam Large, began his first day in Columbus for an unofficial visit. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Cam has everything that you’d want from a TE. With Cam’s size and strength, he can be used as a mismatch against linebackers, but also be a serious threat in the run-game as a blocker. A total package prospect, Large fits the bill of his last name and has the Buckeyes taking notice along with many others. Currently, Cam holds nearly 20 offers from the likes of Notre Dame, LSU, Penn State, Michigan, and several more. Earning his Buckeye offer this past January, it hasn’t taken long for the two parties to develop what is off to a strong relationship.
As Cam wraps up his visit later today, you can bet that coaches Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson will be laying out what the plan would look like if he were to choose Ohio State as his college destination. With the spring game upcoming too, it could be the chance to show off how the Buckeyes are planning to use the tight end with Day’s personal touch on the program. With this visit nearly over, the next item on the agenda is a return visit. If that were to occur, it certainly would show how serious the Buckeyes are about Cam Large.
Buckeye basketball gets some good news
With their NCAA Tournament hopes basically on life support, it’s been a rough conference season for the Buckeyes. But even with the struggles of this year, the future is pointing towards brighter days. First off, the hiring of Chris Holtmann was the right call. Holtmann has done an outstanding job laying a foundation that he and his staff will certainly build on for their future teams.
One of the bright spots is the class of 2019. The signings of DJ Carton, EJ Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney gave Holtmann and Ohio State the top overall class in the Big Ten for 2019—at least at the moment. Then on Thursday, even more good news came about.
Just caught up with Ibrahima Diallo, he will indeed be on his Ohio State official visit this weekend. Was 50-50 due to schedule reasons, now confirms he will visit. https://t.co/0W2imumHcV— Jake (@jakeweingarten) March 7, 2019
For a while, the Buckeyes had plans to host Ibrahima Diallo on campus, but after some scheduling conflicts it looked like the Buckeyes may have missed that chance. Fortunately, the weekend visit for Diallo is 100 percent on—and Ohio State has to love that. The 7-foot center currently plays for Prolific Prep out of California, but this weekend’s visit could bring him to the Midwest suiting up for the Scarlet and Gray.