As it has been with every spring game, this weekend presents a huge recruiting weekend for the Ohio State Buckeyes, as they will play host to many of their top national and in-state targets in both the current 2020 and future 2021 class.
Ready to roll out the red carpet to impress all that are on campus this weekend, yesterday, the current Buckeye players received both their Big Ten Championship rings and Gold Pants for defeating Michigan for the seventh consecutive season. Whether that’s simply ironic timing or designed, the Ohio State social media and creative team dominated the timelines just in time for their recruits to take notice both in person and online. When you have top notch facilities, a capacity crowd, and new jewelry, impressionable recruits are sure to take notice—and this Ohio State staff has no trouble with that playing into their favor.
2020 Florida RB touches down in Columbus
Seemingly each weekend, the Buckeyes are hosting a coveted running back for the 2020 class. With Ohio State in the mix for some of the nation’s best backs, it’s been tricky to see where they will eventually go with. Yesterday though, one of those highly touted running backs Ohio State is in the mix for made it to campus for his weekend. Lawrance Toafili, (Pinellas Park HS/Largo, Florida) arrived on Thursday to take in what the Buckeyes had to offer.
It’s a blessing to be in ⭕️hio #GoBucks @CoachTonyAlford @PP_BigRed pic.twitter.com/2q3MxMbXJc— Lawrance Toafili (@LToafili_3) April 11, 2019
A 6-foot, 175-pound speedster, Toafili is the nation’s 14th best running back in the class and the 151st best player overall, according to 247sports. With nearly 20 offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Auburn, Florida, LSU and more, it’s not hard to see how wanted Lawrance is by a multitude of top programs. Currently though, Florida State is thought to be the clear front runner in his recruitment.
As mentioned before, the Buckeyes are in on some of the nation’s absolute best running backs for this 2020 class. In fact, Ohio State can even afford to be somewhat picky and selective for who they go after the hardest. If Toafili is a guy they truly want in this class, they’ll have to edge the home state Seminoles, but with the success running backs have had at Ohio State, it’s not hard to think the Buckeyes could be a real threat for his commitment.
Is a “Boom” coming?
With an atmosphere that is second to none for a glorified practice, the spring game always presents a great time for future Buckeyes to make their verbal pledge. Later Friday, Ohio State may get a commitment from an all too familiar prospect, IMG Academy’s Lejond Cavazos. As most are fully aware by now, his decision to decommit was not due to any ill feelings towards the Buckeyes, but simply due to Urban Meyer’s retirement.
Fast forward to today, though, and all signs are pointing towards Cavazos coming back into the fold for Ohio State. The nation’s 22nd best safety prospect in 2020 is a high four-star prospect, but it’s his potential that could take his star power even higher. With speed most only dream of, the Buckeye coaching staff is really wanting Lejond back on their side with a commitment that will stick until the pen hits paper. Announcing later this evening, the Buckeyes are ready (and hoping) for their next “Boom” of the 2020 cycle to kickoff what is hoping to be a weekend with multiple examples of good news.
- Three-star outside linebacker Bangally Kamara (East HS/Akron, Ohio) starts an unofficial visit to Ohio State today. He currently does not hold an Ohio State offer.
- 2021 ATH Reid Carrico (Ironton HS/Ironton, Ohio) will be in attendance for the Buckeyes’ spring game. Reid does not currently hold an offer from the Buckeyes, but is a top 10 prospect in the 2021 class.