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Ohio State 4-star safety target sets commitment date

Four-star safety Lathan Ransom lists Ohio State in his top three and plans to announce his decision in two weeks on his birthday.

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Ohio State recruiting has been on fire the past two weeks, and with The Opening Finals beginning Monday, we think the momentum won’t slow down this week.

Case in point, we learned early Monday afternoon that one of Ohio State’s biggest remaining priorities included the Buckeyes in his final three schools and plans to make his announcement in two weeks, on his birthday.

Four-star safety Lathan Ransom (Tucson, AZ / Salpointe Catholic) spoke with Tom Loy of CBS Sports recently and said that Ohio State was one of his final three schools as well as Texas and Notre Dame.

Ransom is one of the best defensive prospects in this years recruiting class. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 4 safety and the No. 76 overall prospect.

The blue-chip safety recruit last visited Ohio State on June 21 and the Buckeyes are viewed as the overwhelming favorites to land his commitment. The 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions favor Ohio State with 93 percent of the 15 projections made.

Adding to Ohio State’s chances at landing Ransom is that he is taking part in The Opening Finals this week alongside multiple Buckeye verbal commits, including recent Ohio State four-star cornerback pledge Clark Phillips. The two have already been spotted chatting.

The Buckeyes are quietly building an impressive secondary haul in this year’s recruiting class. Along with Phillips, the Buckeyes hold a verbal commit from four-star safety Lejond Cavazos. If Ohio State is able to add Ransom to that group, a positional group that was once viewed as a weakness in this class could become a strength.

Ohio State center target could announce this week

Continuing to prove that Ohio State recruiting will continue its hot streak in recruiting this week, the Buckeyes could have a BOOM-ing Independence Day with some fireworks of their own. (Sorry I had to)

Three-star center prospect Josh Fryar took to Twitter Monday to say he will be making a big announcement this Thursday. And while this doesn’t mean he will making his official decision this week, it certainly puts him on commitment watch.

If Thursday is the day he will be making the big decision, Ohio State is the likely choice. The Buckeyes hold the majority of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions with 91 percent of the 11 selections made. Also, he is coming off of an official visit at the University on June 21, which saw the Buckeyes play host to a plethora of talents for its new annual Backyard Bash and Barbecue.

Fryar holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue and Oregon and his play on the field outweighs his recruiting ranking, as is proved by his offer sheet.

Elias Ricks to Ohio State not over yet

Five-star LSU CB commit Elias Ricks has long been connected to Ohio State even after he made a verbal pledge to the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

His relationship with Ohio State, as well as his recruitment as a whole, has been a roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows. There have been multiple occasions in his recruitment, at all different stages of his recruitment, where it looked like Ohio State would be the school he signed his name to play for in the early signing period.

The talks of him and Columbus died down but lately have taken life again now the The Opening Finals have began and Ohio State verbal commits are already in his ear.

We already linked above where Buckeye four-star safety commit Lejond Cavazos and Ricks were caught talking early in the even Monday but that wasn’t where the rumblings stopped. Cavazos himself later took to Twitter to leave a very cryptic message to Buckeye Nation.

Now nowhere in Cavazos Tweet does it mention Ricks by name and yes, Cavazos is recruiting multiple other “great athletes” to join him at Ohio State this weekend, but it definitely appears that the Ohio State commit is doing his best to convince Ricks to flip.