Buckeye Nation is sure to feel sick today. The college football National Championship game took place last night and, unfortunately, arguably the nation’s most talented team wasn’t on the field. But I digress, and now we can move on from this season and do what Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff has already been doing: prepare for next year.
Speaking of next season, Day and his coaching staff have once again brought in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, and they may not be finished. All but one of Ohio State’s verbal commitments remains uncommitted to the program, and that is four-star athlete Cameron Martinez (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon). However, Martinez is not the only unsigned recruit Ohio State is still looking at in the 2020 class.
Enter the ever-so-talked-about RB position. It has been well documented that Ohio State’s success, or lack-there-of, at recruiting the position did not go as planned this year. That being said, the team is making one last ditch effort to secure a commitment from one of the best in the country.
Current Georgia Tech RB commit Jahmyr Gibbs (Dalton, GA/Dalton) is set to take an official visit this weekend to Ohio State. While he has said nothing to lead us to assume that he is wavering on his commitment, the Buckeyes don’t host official visits — especially this late in the recruiting cycle — unless they are confident in their chances to earn a commitment.
The four-star recruit, and the No. 16 RB in the nation, made an unofficial visit to Columbus in November for the Maryland game, and reportedly enjoyed the trip. However, he has been committed to the Yellow Jackets since May 25. That being said, he has said he remains in constant contact with Day and RB coach Tony Alford.
Gibbs will announce his decision on National Signing Day in February, and we will have a much stronger insight into his thought process following this weekend’s visit. If it appears that Gibbs is going to remain in the South for college, the Buckeyes could turn to five-star RB Zachary Evans, the No. 1 RB in the country. Evans was recently followed by Ohio State wide receiver coach Brian Hartline on social media, but there is no way to know for sure if that means anything.
Evans’ recruitment has been a roller coaster to say the least, and he has yet to find his way to Columbus. That being said, if Gibbs doesn’t pan out, expect the Buckeyes to ramp up their contact with him and try to get him on campus sometime in the coming weeks — even though Ohio State does have recent success with RBs that never visited the school (we already miss you J.K. Dobbins).