Ohio State is fresh off its Spring Game which, despite having a new head coach, was business as usual on the recruiting front. The Buckeyes hosted a plethora of elite talent for the event, as well as former Buckeyes at the event which gathered more than 60,000 fans.
However, there were a few Ohio State targets that were unable to make the trip to Columbus over the weekend. One in particular was five-star wide receiver target Rakim Jarrett (Washington, DC / St. John’s College HS.)
Friedman asked about Jarrett about his top schools, including Ohio State, and most of what he had to say sounded promising, but the Buckeyes will need to step it up if they want to remain one of the leaders in his recruitment.
When speaking on Ohio State and WR coach Brian Hartline, Jarrett had the following to say.
“It kind of fell off recently, but I think it will gain back up once I start taking my officials, but it was just something like a new spark of interest that I have for Ohio State. Because I really just wasn’t interested in them a lot but now it’s back up there really.”
While hearing that his interest with Ohio State had recently fallen off, it is good to know that he is once again interested in program. Enough to list them as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest along with LSU, Tennessee and Clemson.
Jarrett also mentioned that the transition to Ryan Day from Urban Meyer was definitely a big transition that took some getting used to, he now views Day with a lot of respect.
The five-star WR still is favored to choose Ohio State when he signs the dotted line, as the Buckeyes lead in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions with 60-percent. However, we now know that the official visits will play an even bigger role in his recruitment and if the Buckeyes are to earn a verbal commitment from him, the visit needs to go as well as possible.
Jarrett doesn’t have a date for an official visit to Ohio State but it appears the Buckeyes will receive one and it will be sooner rather than later. Jarrett is the No. 2 WR in the 2020 recruiting class and is the No. 16 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
- Ohio State is reportedly interested in four-star combo-guard and former Tulane commit Elijah Wood (Potomac, MD / Bethesda-Chevy Chase.) The news was first reported by Jake Weingarten of stockrisers.com. Wood is viewed as the No. 9 combo-guard in the 2020 recruiting class and is the No. 104 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.