The Ohio State Buckeyes are back on the recruiting grind. The past couple days have been big for basketball, as a verbal commitment and visit were announced.
While not getting any more commitments for 2021, the Bucks are definitely on the pursuit for more top-shelf talent around the country. Monday evening brought word of late offers, and without further adieu, let’s take a look at a few of the prospects that picked up a coveted chance to run out into Ohio Stadium with the Scarlet and Gray.
A move north?
The Tennessee Volunteers may be having a tough time on the field, but within the Volunteer State, there are some recruits that hold Power 5 talent. One of those recruits is four-star tight end Hudson Wolfe. A native of Savannah, Tenn., the Hardin County star jumped to Twitter in the early part of Monday afternoon to let everyone know that he’s got the chance to be a Buckeye.
The sixth best TE and overall prospect in the state, many schools have already expressed interest in Wolfe—notably the SEC contingent.
Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama are already doing their part in prying one of Tennessee’s best out of the state, but within the shadow of the SEC.
Ohio State’s offer comes a little more than a week since he took an unofficial visit to see the Crimson Tide. However, with the way Ryan Day has been incorporating the TEs into the offensive strategy, there could be bigger potential to play and become molded into NFL-grade talent.
With 18 offers, according to 247Sports, expect this battle to be primarily between the SEC schools and programs in neighboring states.
To Maryland again
The Old Line State has been very kind to the Buckeyes in their recruiting efforts. Dwayne Haskins and Chase Young were two Maryland kids that came to OSU. Haskins already heard his name called in the first round of the NFL draft, and Young—more than likely—will be in the same boat come April.
Knowing how rich the state is on the football talent front, the Buckeyes are going back to the well. While he doesn’t have a 247Sports or composite grade, defensive tackle Marcus Bradley (Gaithersburg, MD / Quince Orchard) is the latest Marylander to get an Ohio State opportunity.
Bradley made his offer known late Monday.
With the likes of Liberty, Duke, Kent State and Massachusetts already wanting Bradley, it’s safe to say that Ohio State is his biggest offer at the moment.
Larry Johnson knows talent, and can mold talent. With the support staff at OSU, I’m convinced anybody can elevate their game. OSU jumping in early may put them on the front end when other schools start making their moves.
The talent factory
IMG Academy is a known hotbed for football recruits. Every year, numerous members of the football team are highly sought after by the top college programs.
JC Latham (Bradenton, FL) is a strong-side defensive end in the 2021 class that’s starting to garner the attention. The four-star has over 20 offers, with the Buckeyes being one of the latest. Monday evening he tweeted out the offer.
The sixth best SDE and 14th best prospect from Florida, Latham is getting attention from College Football Playoff caliber schools. Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and Wisconsin are just some of the heavy hitters that are in the mix.
Already, there are four Crystal Ball predictions in for Latham, and the early consensus is that there isn’t a consensus. Two votes lean toward the Badgers, one vote is undecided, and one vote is for the Buckeyes.
Listed as the 77th best overall recruit in the class, any school looking to bolster their D-line will be wanting Latham. As mentioned before, Ohio State’s success in shaping defensive lineman into stars will help in the recruitment. We’re a long way from being done here, but we’ll keep you posted on any news that breaks.