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Ohio State makes cut for 3-star DE

Van Fillinger includes Ohio State in his top six schools

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Ohio State is coming off a huge recruiting weekend which saw two elite prospects commit to the University and plenty of others got to see what the Buckeyes can offer them on and off of the field.

Following the busy weekend, combined with the recruiting dead period going into effect Monday, it would be reasonable if Ohio State had a slow start to the week in regards to recruiting. However, Ryan Day and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff don’t take days off and because of this, Ohio State found itself in the middle of the recruiting headlines once again.

The above news came Monday afternoon when 2020 defensive end target Van Fillinger (Draper, UT / Corner Canyon) included Ohio State among his top six schools.

Along with Ohio State, Fillinger included Texas, Utah, UCLA, Oregon and Michigan in his top schools. This means schools like LSU, USC, Nebraska and Washington are no longer in the mix. He also made sure to note that the schools that made the cut are in no order, which means all six schools have an equal shot at landing him at this point.

Fillinger is viewed as a three-star DE in the 247Sports Composite Rankings however, that ranking is likely to change after his senior season is in the books. Further proving this point, is the list of schools that are interested in him and he is viewed as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.

And while Fillinger stated there is no order for his top six schools, there is currently a favorite to land him and right now it appears to be Ohio State rival Michigan. The Wolverines hold 89 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions.

However, Ryan Day and Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson are some of the best and most respected at what they do so the Buckeyes are far from being out of this one. Especially since the Buckeyes are one of only four schools to host him on a visit of some kind, Ohio State being the most recent and LSU being eliminated from his list.

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