One of the most important things in recruiting can be the formal visit. For some student-athletes, seeing the team in action, seeing the atmosphere at games, and seeing the team they are visiting put on a dominating display can seal the deal right then and there. Recent commit Reid Carrico is a prime example of that fact. He did not plan to commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes, but after seeing OSU’s beatdown of Cincinnati and speaking with Al Washington, he was sold. OSU will be hoping they can work that magic on a couple prospects that are scheduling their trips to the Horseshoe.
4-star Defensive Back Coming to See OSU Under the Stars
First is Jakailin Johnson, a four-star defensive back from St. Louis who will perhaps one day continue the OSU tradition as DBU. On Monday, he announced on Twitter that he will be here to watch OSU take on Michigan State under the lights on Oct. 5.
Back in Columbus the 5th @OhioStateFB— JK Johnson (@jakailin6) September 24, 2019
Night games are a special sort of atmosphere, and the offensive struggles of Michigan State and the defensive prowess of the Buckeyes so far might combine to put on one heck of a show for the 2021 recruit. The 69th overall prospect in the country may be leaning towards Notre Dame right now, but OSU at night is the perfect recipe to steal him away.
Larry Johnson Recruit Visiting in Late November
Speaking of DBU, another position group that OSU is undoubtedly the best at producing is the defensive line. Larry Johnson is the best defensive line coach in the business right now, and the pedigree of the program speaks for itself. It should be no wonder linemen across the country are jumping at the chance to come to OSU, and Tunmise Adeleye can be the next in a long line of Buckeye Greats. Adeleye is a coveted five-star prospect, 25th overall and the third strong-side defensive end. While the Buckeyes already have Jack Sawyer in that class (the number 2 SDE), Johnson will no doubt find ways to showcase both. Adeleye will be in town to see OSU take on the Nittany Lions on Nov. 23. According to Lettermen Row, Adeyele has been talking to the Buckeyes at least once a week, and that he has been extremely impressed with the new look 2019 Buckeye defense after last years’ down year. Watching OSU hand Penn State a crushing defeat may be just what the Buckeyes need to swing him away from Oklahoma, the leading crystal ball candidate according to 247.