Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class continues to prove it will be one for the ages. In both of their first true recruiting classes for the Buckeyes, head coach Ryan Day and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline are putting the college football world on notice.
After earning a commitment from four-star WR Mookie Cooper Monday morning, Ohio State sits at No. 4 in the country in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings with a total of 20 verbal commits.
And while much of the focus is on closing this year’s class out as strong as possible, Day and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff have not forgotten about next year. Their “no days off” mantra for recruiting paid off Monday as 2021 offensive tackle Donovan Jackson (Bellaire, TX / Episcopal) listed the Buckeyes as one of his top schools.
Jackson is one of the country’s most promising offensive linemen in next year’s recruiting class. Because of this, he has already earned a reported 33 offers from some of the best college football programs in the country, with more likely to come.
The large offer list makes it all the more impressive that Jackson has already narrowed his recruitment down to 12 schools that he will focus on from this point on. The Buckeyes have some stiff competition though as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas all also made his list.
Fortunately for Ohio State, they will likely have a leg up on the majority of their competition as they are one of three schools to play host to Jackson, the other two being LSU and Texas A&M. The Ohio State visit is the most recent, but Jackson has visited with the Aggies a handful of times as opposed to Ohio State and LSU having just one chance to impress him in person.
Jackson is ranked as the No. 7 OT in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 34 overall prospect.
Future Ohio State WR’s welcome Mookie Cooper
As was previously mentioned, Ohio State earned a commitment from 2020 four-star WR Mookie Cooper Monday morning. The move gives the Buckeyes four WRs in the top 100 recruits, meaning Cooper will be joining an already impressive group of receivers. While there will sure be healthy competition among the group in the future, the group made sure to make Cooper feel at home in Columbus. Below are the responses from Julian Fleming, Gee Scott Jr. and Jaxon Smith-Njigba as well as a few others:
“Mookie Mook, live in the flesh”— Gee Scott Jr. (@geescottjr) July 8, 2019
Les go brotha, the journey starts now https://t.co/1nVPGJErQC
Zone6 completed.. man can’t wait to ball out with all my guys! Truly a blessing. Congrats mook all love ✊ https://t.co/poR65ob1by— Jaxon Smith-Njigba (@jaxon_smith1) July 8, 2019