The pace that Ohio State is recruiting right now is off the charts. With this much success in his first season at the helm of the program, Ryan Day and his staff have answered any doubts about how they would without Urban Meyer in charge. It’s really no surprise anymore as each week seemingly the Buckeyes are receiving great news leading to commitments for their current 2020 class. With 22 guys currently in the fold, Ohio State’s spaces are filling rather quickly. It’s not known how many they’ll be able to take when all is said and done, but 25-27 is the likely landing spot.
One aspect to take into consideration in relation to all of the success in the 2020 class is what it means for the future. Of course, with the way this class is shaping up it will be a dominant product on the field when all arrive on campus, but the 2021 class may be what the most from this current success. With most of the guys the Buckeyes want already in the fold, the staff can also devote their attention to 2021 prospects and getting a “head start” to repeat their success. The staff will surely have to keep recruiting their 2020 committed guys, but when you have many if not all locked up and ready to sign, it gives the ability to look forward as well. With 2021 already shaping up to be another good class, Ryan Day is doing exactly what he wants on the trail.
The future in Columbus is very bright.
Texas DB gets Buckeye offer
Ohio State has been through a few defensive coaches in the past several seasons, but one thing that has stayed true to the test is the ability to develop players in the secondary. In fact, earlier this week, ESPN named Ohio State as “DBU” showing that Ohio State is the premier destination for defensive secondary players to go if they want to have the highest chance at seeing their success take them to the NFL. The Buckeyes have done it seemingly every single year. Each NFL Draft there’s bound to be an Ohio State defensive back taken in the first round and when the staff is able to land elite recruits each year at the position, the cycle tends to repeat itself. It’s a recipe for success and the Buckeye defensive coaches have to love their chances at keeping up with the trend.
Part of their formula for success in position development is in recruiting. When Ohio State is able to bring in top notch talent from anywhere in the country, the players with elite abilities make it that much easier on the staff to prepare them and get them to the highest level of their game. Finding that talent has been something Mark Pantoni and staff have done incredibly for years and whether it’s the current class or beyond, the strategy is showing off and paying dividends for both the team as a whole and player individually.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes were at it again in their pursuit for elite defensive secondary talent when they made a stop in the Lone Star State and offered Hunter Washington. A Katy, Texas native, Washington is a 2021 prospect who projects to be a cornerback at the next level. At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Hunter already has above average size, but with still two full seasons to play in his prep career, it’s very possible Washington could continue not only growing in his development, but physically as well. Hunter currently checks in as the nation’s 19th best corner for the 2021 class and while he’s a three-star prospect right now, he’s on the verge to earning that fourth star very soon.
The Buckeyes were not the first major program to offer as Auburn, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and more were already in the fold, but Washington made it no secret what this Ohio State offer meant to him. As stated earlier, the track record is proven year in and year out.
Lejond making the move before getting to OSU
In sticking with the defensive backfield trend, current Ohio State 2020 pledge Lejond Cavazos has been one of the more interesting recruits in the class. From being committed when Urban Meyer was still at the helm to his “de-commitment” after hearing Meyer’s plans and once again committing under Ryan Day, it’s been a bit of a wild ride for Lejond. One thing that is true though is he has been one of the best vocal leaders for this 2020 cycle and best recruiters Ohio State could have. His tireless efforts to help bring the best to Columbus has been noticed nationwide and the Buckeye staff loves what they’re about to bring to campus both on and off the field.
[Free] One of the storylines I'm watching closely at @IMGAFootball this fall is the progression of big, athletic DB @lejondaryy as he moves from safety to corner full time. He breaks down why it's a better fit for him now and eventually at #OhioState: https://t.co/mFlXhxgYmD— John Garcia, Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) July 25, 2019
As Cavazos prepares for his future with the Buckeyes, he will be making a position change and one the Ohio State staff has already considered to be the best place for his success. Attending the dominant prep power IMG Academy, Cavazos will be the safety position to cornerback. With his frame and speed, this move will surely work in his favor and give him a leg up for when he gets up to Columbus next year. In an article with 247sports writer John Garcia Jr., Cavazos talks about that move and why he believes it’s the best move for his career both now and for years to come.