As the calendar continues to move into May, the Ohio State Buckeyes are doing what they can to beef up their recruiting efforts heading into the summer. Over the past couple days, Ryan Day and his staff have been making offers in an attempt to pave the way for a successful 2020 (and beyond) recruiting class.
Let’s take a look at some of the prospects who earned a chance to become a member of the scarlet and gray.
The 4-star Texan
Tuesday set the trend in motion for an OSU offered filled week. One of the marquee prospects that got the nod was Ja’Tavion Sanders, a 2020 weak-side defensive end from Denton, Texas. He acknowledged the offer on Twitter late Tuesday.
VERY EXCITED to receive an offer from Ohio State University ⚪️‼️ pic.twitter.com/FKKDxkzNk2— Jatavion (@Jatavionsanders) May 8, 2019
Now, not all the recruiting sites have put out a grade for Sanders. However, 247sports has a grade for him. The recruiting website puts Sanders as a four-star, the 31st best prospect in the ‘20 class, third best athlete, and fifth best recruit in the talent-rich state of Texas.
Even though he’s listed as a WDE, he has the ‘athlete’ designation by 247sports’ internal rankings. He could be an offensive or defensive weapon at the next level. There’s plenty of time though before we get into the nitty gritty about Sanders, but right now he’s gaining interest from major programs. Already in line for the services of the Texan include Georgia, Florida and Florida State. Since picking up an OSU offer (May 7), TCU and Purdue jumped into the mix.
The 2020 class isn’t the only focus. Day and company are also looking deep into the future. Tuesday also brought an offer to 2022 defensive end Keith Miles Jr.
A Jersey City, N.J., recruit, he’s closer—geographically speaking—to the Buckeyes, but also closer to other Big Ten foes. Rutgers and Michigan have already slid in with offers.
Full recruiting rankings go out to prospects within a year or two of them graduating high school, so we won’t see anything in the near future for Miles Jr. But the fact that Power 5 programs have already sent in their offers shows that he’s doing something well. At a minimum he’s a three-star prospect, but more than likely a four-star before the dust truly settles.
A busy Wednesday
Offers galore went out on Wednesday. Like Tuesday, they weren’t tied to a certain class. Aaron Armitage, a strong-side defensive end in the 2021 recruiting year, was one of the lucky ones to now claim an OSU offer. He posted the good news early Wednesday.
Blessed to have received an offer from Ohio State University.— Aaron Armitage (@armitage_aaron) May 8, 2019
@SaylorBlairFB @MikeCoyle12 @chatfootball @mccarthy_report @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @TodderickHunt @alexgleitman @Birm @CoachGMattison pic.twitter.com/QwSh4BqNn1
Evaluations are still being calculated for Armitage by some recruiting sites, but 247sports has him at a four-star status. Additionally, 247sports puts the Blair Academy (NJ) standout as the 157th best prospect in his class, 12th best at his position, and the second best prospect in the state of New Jersey.
Located in Big Ten country, it’s natural that Big Ten teams have already made their interest known. Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers and Michigan join Ohio State in the fight for his commitment.
While there is plenty of clock left in the recruitment of Armitage, there is significantly less time in the pursuit for four-star Xavier Carlton. A strong-side defensive end in the 2020 cycle, the Draper, Utah, native picked up a coveted scarlet and gray opportunity.
Wow!!! Beyond Blessed and Extremely Humbled to have received an offer to "THE" Ohio State University! Thank you again for this great opportunity @ryandaytime @R2X_Rushmen1 @OhioStateFB !!! @BrandonHuffman @TouchdownJD pic.twitter.com/xymftfwirU— Xavier Carlton#44 (@xaviercarlton44) May 8, 2019
This will be a case where the geography works against the Buckeyes. The Pac-12 contingent of USC, UCLA, Arizona, California and Utah have made offers, and appear to be the contenders at the moment for his commitment.
The 247sports composite has him listed as the 278th best recruit in the class, 14th best SDE, and the second best player in Utah.