Next week, Buckeye Nation will get their first true look at the 2019 season. While most of the eyes in the stadium will be watching the quarterbacks compete for the starting job in the biggest scrimmage of the year, it will just be good to see Buckeye football back on the field. As the team wraps up their last few spring practices, Ryan Day and his coaching staff will look to fine-tune their guys before the spring game on April 13.
As next weekend is on the horizon, this weekend is all too important as well as the Buckeyes as they host another top prospect.
Milton checking in to see Ohio State
Ohio State’s recruiting in the running back position is about to get really interesting. Yet to have a true running back in the fold for the 2020 class, the Buckeyes are in on many of the top guys around the country. With so many targets though, the questions of “who” and “when” are the real factors to this position for the current recruiting class. At one time, Ohio State did have four-star running back Darvon Hubbard, but the two parties went their separate ways. Since then, Ohio State has hit the top list for many of the best running backs in the country.
Yesterday, though, a guy the Buckeyes would love to have in their class finally got to campus.
— Kendall Milton (@_KendallMilton) April 4, 2019
Five-star Kendall Milton (Clovis, California/Buchanan) arrived in Columbus to see what the Buckeyes have to offer. Ranked as the country’s second best running back for the 2020 class, Milton is also the fourth best player in a very talented state of California, according to the 247sports composite. As if that wasn’t enough, Kendall boasts as the 15th best player overall in the country. The accolades alone show why the Buckeyes would love to have him, but with 40 current scholarship offers, that also shows why every major program in the country covets his talent.
The 6-foot-2, 220 pound back literally has it all. Whether it’s speed or size, Milton is the ideal running back not only for Ohio State’s offense, but basically anyone’s. A prospect that seriously is the Ezekiel Elliot prototype, the Buckeyes know how successful Milton could be in their scheme—and that’s exactly what they’ll try to show him this weekend. A two-day visit for Milton, Kendall has been busy this week, as he has also made trips to both LSU and Georgia. Being a California native, hitting as many visits as he can makes sense. On this Buckeye visit though, you can expect Milton to not only take in the sights and facilities, but also talk with position coach, Tony Alford and Ryan Day about what his future could look like as a running back for Ohio State.
As it stands right now, the school to beat for Kendall is Oklahoma. This visit though could be a major stepping stone in the right direction for the Buckeyes. One piece they can pitch is that there’s room in the running back camp. While the Buckeyes are sure to take another back in the 2020 class, Milton would easily be “the” guy for them, and with his status, he’d be “the” guy for honestly everyone. With still another full day to see the Buckeye program, let’s hope this makes a lasting impression for the Buckeyes and their chances of landing another elite running back.
Gee Scott is going to be a star
With Ryan Day at the helm of the Ohio State program, the offense is consistently going to be the talk of the program. With the numbers put up and the players in the offense, the Buckeyes have a recipe for success: Winning and appealing to future recruits. Add in the ability to recruit and that’s exactly why guys such as Gee Scott Jr. want in the fold for the Ohio State program. The best part of being great though isn’t the present, but the future as the cycle continues to repeat itself. Top recruiting class after class has given the Buckeyes impressive depth over the years and that doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon. One guy that holds true for, Scott Jr.
Last weekend, Tampa, Fla., hosted the Adidas 7-on-7 Championships, where many of the nation’s top skill players were all on the same fields. Of the many top receivers there though, none may have been better than Ohio State commit, Gee Scott Jr. Making impressive catches and showing how good he is after the catch, Steve Wiltfong, Director of Recruiting for 247sports, went as far to say that Gee was an “alpha” at the position. As the Buckeyes continue to chase at least one to two more receivers for their current class, they have to love that Gee is already physically ready to compete at Ohio State.