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4-star 2020 recruit puts Ohio State in top 5

The Buckeyes make the cut for a California cornerback.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes had plenty of representation at the NFL Draft last weekend. On the defensive line, Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones heard their names called. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Dwayne Haskins was a first round pick, and fellow pass-catchers Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell also heard their name called over Draft weekend.

Now, the focus is back on the Buckeyes as they prepare for the 2019-20 season. At the same time, there’s a focus on building future recruiting classes. Some noteworthy things happened over the past day for the Bucks on the recruiting trail. Let’s take a look at who put Ohio State in a top schools list, who could be putting OSU in their top 3, and who recently picked up an offer from the scarlet and gray.

A top-5

Beginning with the big news that came out on Wednesday, Ohio State made the cut for four-star cornerback Clark Phillips III. The La Habra, Calif., standout made his top-5 schools list known on Twitter.

Being a California kid, it’s no surprise that a pair of Pac-12 powers from California made the cut (Cal and UCLA). The Buckeyes not only have to combat the home state schools, but also Oregon and Notre Dame. However, it’s better to be in the top-5 for a prospect than to be out. Over 30 schools made offers to Phillips III, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Michigan.

Whoever lands the 5-foot-10.5 defensive back will be getting a good one. According to the 247sports composite, he grades as the 46th best prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, the ninth best prospect in California, and the fourth best cornerback.

No crystal ball predictions are in, but he took an unofficial visit to UCLA in April. If proximity is his main criteria point, then being at UCLA isn’t a bad option. In fact, I would have the Chip Kelly-coached program as the leader if that’s the case. But, OSU’s success in getting prospects ready for the NFL is a huge factor if the goal is to make it as a professional football player.

This is definitely a recruiting race to keep an eye on.

Another top schools list for OSU?

While Philipps III has the Buckeyes in his top-5, the Ryan Day-coached program now await the news if they made the top-3 for a 2020 athlete. Jecoryan Davis-Hamilton (Apopka, FL / Apopka) will make his decision known on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the three-star prospect tweeted out a photo asking where he should attend college. The photo had him on the football field with various school logos around him. Syracuse, Auburn, Miami (FL), Virginia, Louisville, UCF, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Florida International and Ohio State were the logos in the picture. An overwhelming majority of those schools, according to 247sports, have made an offer to Davis-Hamilton.

The 6-foot-1, Apopka star is graded by 247sports composite as the 61st best athlete and 116 best Floridian prospect in his class.

Now in the mix

With other recruits making top lists known, the Buckeyes are entering the stakes for a prospect in the distant future—hoping that they’ll end up on a top schools list, and then with a verbal commitment.

On Wednesday, running back Jamie Felix (Kingsland, GA / Camden County) unveiled on Twitter a big-time college football offer from the Buckeyes.

Felix is a member of the 2022 recruiting cycle, so we are a long way from finding out where he’ll end up playing college football. But, it’s never too early to get the ball rolling in the Buckeye direction.

Ohio State isn’t the first school to enter the fray. As a matter of fact, Tennessee offered Felix, and he made that announced on Twitter within 10 minutes after tweeting about the OSU offer. With the Bucks and Vols throwing their hat into the ring, they are joined by Mississippi State, LSU and Purdue for the RB.

For a freshman, he has some moves. Take a look at his highlight reel:

We’re a long way from over in Felix’s recruiting process.