Did you miss out on your Ohio State recruiting fix this weekend? Don’t worry Land-Grant Holy Land is here to save the day and get you caught back up with some of the latest news surrounding the Buckeyes.
Top recruits flock to Columbus
With many prospects on spring break away from their schools, a number of highly sought after recruits have took full advantage of the situation by visiting with programs actively recruiting them.
Ohio State has definitely been one of those aforementioned programs.
Playing host to some of the top recruits on their big board from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes, Ryan Day and the rest of the staff at OSU have been busy showing what it would be like to play in the Scarlet and Gray of the Buckeyes.
While some might’ve taken it easy the past few days, it was business as usual for Day and company.
After recently visiting other schools together a trio of the most talented recruits Cincinnati has to offer were back in Columbus once again to mingle with the Buckeyes staff.
A big trip for all involved, offensive tackle and current OSU verbal pledge Paris Johnson of St. Xavier, and Princeton defensive standouts Darrion Henry, and Jaheim Thomas were among the recruits to visit the 614 during the last few days.
Johnson, a five-star prospect has been committed to OSU since last summer, but has made numerous visits since jumping on board with the Buckeyes. This trip was once again a chance for the massive 6-foot-7 lineman to make sure his choice was the right one.
Unlike Johnson, both Henry and Thomas are still uncommitted and searching the scene for the right spot to continue their dreams of making it to the NFL.
Henry, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound pass rusher, has the skill set to play outside or inside on the college ranks. Holding over 20 full rides from the likes of not just OSU, but also Michigan, Penn State, Alabama, and others, he is thought by many to be a near lock to end up in Columbus.
His teammate Jaheim Thomas has been to campus more than a few times, but has had to wait for his opportunity to join up with the Buckeyes. In what was thought to be coming for awhile, the 6-foot-5, 218-pound outside linebacker finally walked away from Columbus with a scholarship offer on Saturday.
Considering Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and others before his offer from the Bucks came, the soon-to-be-senior now has a lot to think over before shutting things down for good.
Will Johnson, Henry, and Thomas end up teammates at OSU? It’ll be something all Buckeye fans will want to keep a close eye on in the coming months.
The Cincinnati trio weren’t the only recruits to make the trek to Columbus. Below are just some of the other prospects the Buckeyes played host to during the weekend.
Town: Sammamish,WA/Eastside Catholic
Status: Verbally committed to Ohio State
Being at tOSU today was great, but there was one thing that stood out to me. Standing there talking to Joey Galloway and him telling me (unsolicited btw) that @brianhartline is as special as it gets when it comes to coaching WRs. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/kDes7iHn37— Gee Scott (@GeeScottSr) March 30, 2019
Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, etc
Thoughts: “I had a great trip. It was great hospitality from the coaches and all the coaches were really cool and I had a good time with them.”
Town: Cleveland,OH/St. Ignatius
Offers: Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, etc
Offers: Ohio State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Penn State, etc
3-star athlete sets up OSU visit
The Buckeyes aren’t finished hosting top recruits, as many will be on campus this week, including three-star class of 2021 athlete Kaden Dudley.
Coming in town from the Monument, Colorado area on Friday, April 5, this will be Dudley’s first time in Columbus to see what the Buckeyes are putting together.
“I’m looking forward to being to my first Big Ten school, and it doesn’t get any better than OSU. I’m also looking forward to seeing how practice is run and meeting such an awesome coaching staff,” Dudley, a sophomore at Palmer Ridge High, stated to Land-Grant Holy Land on his upcoming visit.
Playing on both sides of the ball during his first season of varsity football, Dudley was a key reason Palmer Ridge finished the year off with a final record of 12-2. Racking up nearly 400 yards receiving yards, six touchdowns, 34 total tackles, and nine interceptions as a sophomore, he’s earned early scholarship offers from Colorado, and Colorado State.
Dudley might’ve not grown up in the backyard of Ohio State, but the 6-foot, 180-pounder does have a hometown connection to one of the Buckeyes assistant coaches.
“I’ve been in contact with coach Alford. Coach is also from the same town I’m from.”
With interest starting to come in from a long list of programs, Dudley is just taking it easy, and waiting for all the pieces to fall into place when it comes to his recruitment, and what position he winds up at on the next level.
“As far as my recruitment, I’m only a sophomore so I’m looking which schools will fit my type of play. I’m considered one of the best two way players in the nation. I can play WR or safety.”
Get a small feel for Kaden Dudley’s game with these highlights of him in action for Palmer Ridge last season: