Football has dominated the headlines the past couple weeks. Across the country, media days are taking place; for the Ohio State Buckeyes, they had their time at the podium and roundtable on Thursday.
As the offseason winds down, the recruiting season — for all sports — is never ending. Prospects are getting offers, earning accolades and making commitments as they progress toward their dream of playing football at the next level.
Ohio State saw their fair share of success on the recruiting trail over the past couple days. Let’s recap what all went down for the scarlet and gray.
A 4-star PG gets the Buckeye offer
The state of North Carolina has a ton of basketball schools that attract top talent. In the heart of ACC country, Duke and North Carolina lead the way while Wake Forest and NC State jostle against their conference brethren for the same talent.
An in-state talent that has garnered attention is four-star point guard Carter Whitt. The Raleigh, N.C., standout has a reported 15 offers and is the No. 8 PG in the 2021 class, according to the 247sports composite. Another offer can be added to his list, as the Buckeyes recently threw their name into the ring for the Leesville Road (HS) prospect.
Whitt unveiled his OSU offer on Twitter.
Excited to receive an offer from Ohio State! pic.twitter.com/vjgRYMX27v— Carter (@carterwhitt) July 17, 2019
His offer sheet is very ACC-centric. Boston College, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and NC State have made it known that they want Whitt on their respective squad.
With so much time left before the 6-foot-3 scorer has to make a college decision, anticipate a battle for his services. If proximity to home is a factor, most of the ACC teams on the Eastern Seaboard will be frontrunning—especially the likes of the Wolfpack and Demon Deacons.
It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on how this recruiting battle plays out. Whitt is considered the 51st best overall recruit in ‘21 and the No. 2 overall player in North Carolina.
Kicking into another accolade
Earlier in the week, we wrote about Jake Seibert being named to the Polynesian Bowl. Now, he’s picking up another accolade, as he was named a Top 12 member at Chris Sailer’s punting camp for a second consecutive year.
A member of Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class, there isn’t a 247sports composite score for Seibert. However, in the recruiting website’s own rankings, they have the Cincinnati native as a three-star prospect, and the No. 2 overall kicker in the class.
Punting has been a strong point in recent OSU memory. Cameron Johnston and Drue Chrisman have done tremendous work on special teams, and it appears Seibert is well on his way to becoming the next great kicker at Ohio State.
Broughton makes decision
It was known that this week would bring the commitment of four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton. Announcing late Wednesday night, the Houston native made his decision to stay within his home state by committing to the Texas Longhorns.
This isn’t a real shock, as the Buckeyes fell out of his top-2 entering last weekend. It’s a big win for Tom Herman’s crew in Austin, as a lot of top-tier programs were in the pursuit of Broughton’s commitment.
For the 2020 class, Texas now sits at No. 20. Ohio State, for reference, currently stands at No. 3.