It’s a been a pretty good start to the summer for Ryan Day and Ohio State on the recruiting trail. The Buckeyes ended May with a massive commitment from Pennsylvania five-star receiver Julian Fleming; then added Jake Seibert, the nation’s top kicker; and flipped four-star tackle Toutant less than a week after that.
It’s been just a few days since the Toutant flip, but it looks like Buckeye fans should be prepared for more news soon. Ohio State is aiming for a loaded summer and started at Ohio State’s camp a few days ago. The summer camp saw a bunch of offers going out, but there was one that is particularly relevant to the possibility of more commitments coming soon.
That offer? It went to Cincinnati tight end Joe Royer, who, at this point, hadn not looked like a top target for the Buckeyes. His performance at the camp was so spectacular that Ohio State could not overlook and the Buckeyes pulled the trigger. With that offer in hand, Royer’s recruitment is almost certainly going to kick into top gear here, because there doesn’t seem to be much left to do. Ohio State is where Royer wants to be, and Ohio State wants Royer. It’s only a matter of time before the pairing becomes official.
Royer isn’t the only prospect I’d consider to be on “commitment watch” in the coming weeks. With the massive group visit scheduled next weekend, I think Buckeye fans should be on alert for as many as four or five more commitments this month, including Royer. Who could those commitments be?
Well, there seems to be a largely agreed upon list: DeaMonte Trayanum, Darrion Henry, Kourt Williams, Clark Phillips, and Cameron Martinez. I don’t expect all of them to commit, but I do see at least two or three names on this list moving from the uncommitted list into Ohio State’s class before the month is over.
Trayanum has been on commitment watch and this visit is his official to Ohio State. Official visits usually signify that a recruitment is coming and I would expect that is the case here. Ohio State wants a commitment, and I think they get it.
Henry is in a similar boat with Trayanum, and I think he could really commit at any time. If the visit goes well, there’s a very good he shuts it down and commits to the Buckeyes.
Williams and Phillips both feel like recruitments that Ohio State leads, but could be waiting on for awhile. If either is really sold because of their visits, I could see a commitment, but I’m nowhere near as confident in either of these two committing.
Martinez is the wildcard of the bunch, because he really likes Ohio State, but he also really likes the Wolverines. If he gets a little bit of clarity on his position in Ohio State’s system (could be a safety or slot receiver) I could see him choosing the Buckeyes this month, but this one is pretty hard to call right now.
There are a few other names, like Reece Atteberry, Jacolbe Cowan, Ty Hamilton, Michael Carmody, Ben Christman or A.J. Kirk who could pull the trigger and commit a bit out of the blue on their upcoming visits, but I wouldn’t bank on any of them committing at this point. Regardless, it’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for the Buckeyes. Buckle in.