When Ryan Day was first at the helm of the Ohio State program, the recruiting was a little like this past weekend’s game. The start of his tenure got off to a slow start, but when you look now, it’s a lot like the end result of the Buckeyes huge win over in-state foe, Miami (Ohio).
Day and company have been killing it on the recruiting trail, and with home games being a prime opportunity to host the remaining top targets for the 2020 class and beyond, the staff is taking full advantage. Even this weekend, the Buckeyes were able to host guys they want and guys already in the fold. With bigger games to come, this staple in their recruiting strategy will only continue.
In switching to the hardwood, Chris Holtmann and his Buckeye hoops staff are also continuing to see success on the recruiting trail. After picking up two commitments in the last week and one over the weekend with Zed Key, recruiting overall in the two big sports at Ohio State are exactly where fans should want them to be.
Buckeyes dish out new offer to in-state running back
In the never ending saga of Ohio State running back recruiting, there’s yet another new development. Over the weekend, the Buckeyes offered in-state running back Miyan Williams. A Cincinnati native, Williams is currently a three-star back and committed to Iowa State and has been since July. At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, Williams is a hard runner who is not shy of contact by any means. The Winton Woods product also checks in as the 25th best player in Ohio for the 2020 class and the 51st best running back in the country.
With Williams already being committed to Iowa State, it’s an uphill battle for Coach Alford and Ohio State, but anytime Ohio State comes after an in-state kid with a scholarship offer, you have to think the Buckeyes have more than a chance of landing the prospect. With the timing of the offer, you can bet that the staff has liked what they’ve seen so far this season from film of Miyan Williams. If the Buckeyes are serious contenders for Williams, expect contact to increase and for him to be on campus sooner than later. If that occurs, Ohio State may have a running back to add to their 2020 class after all.
Recruits liking what they see while on campus
Over the weekend the Buckeyes were able to see current 2020 commit Mookie Cooper. The four-star prospect made no mistake on his affection for his future team on his social media accounts. After seeing Jameson Williams, a true-freshman also from St. Louis, score his first touchdown of his career, it’s easy to see why Mookie can’t wait to get to Columbus and suit up for the Buckeyes.
I love being here , can time love any faster ??— M5’ (@uheardof5) September 21, 2019
What Brian Hartline is doing in the receiver room has been acknowledged plenty as of late, but the exciting part is seeing the benefits and advantages carrying over to the next cycle of players. When commits are able to see true freshmen score on a big time stage regardless of opponent, they believe they too can reap the rewards with Ohio State’s development.
- Four-star 2021 linebacker, Greg Penn III (Hyattsville, Maryland/DeMatha Catholic) announced a top 10 schools list in which Ohio State made the cut. Joining the Buckeyes were the likes of South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, and Penn State.
- Four-star 2020 cornerback Ryan Watts (Little Elm, Texas/Little Elm), who is currently committed to Oklahoma was on campus this weekend for the in-state battle.