With the staff now fully intact and players beginning winter workouts, Ohio State’s coaches are all over the country this week recruiting some of the top talent from around the nation. Here at Land-Grant Holy Land, we will try to get you up to speed on all the latest recruitment happenings from the past day or so.
2021 rising tight end earns Ohio State offer
Blessed to receive an offer from Ohio State University @MarshallMcDuf14 @CoachP_SCA @BigCountyPreps1 @CFRecruitingHQ @teamlillard7on7 @flyguyhuey5 @DemetricDWarren @OhioStateFTBL @OSUCoachKDub @Birm pic.twitter.com/DOSYyLKkF2— Michael Trigg (@mtrigg_23) January 22, 2020
2021 tight end Michael Trigg took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to announce that he has received a scholarship offer from Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Trigg is a two-sport athlete, also playing shooting guard for Seffner Christian Academy’s basketball team. The Florida product does not yet have a 247Sports Composite rating, but is rated the No. 41 TE by Rivals, and is garnering attention from some of the top schools in the country.
Trigg currently holds 19 offers, including the likes of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Oregon in addition to his latest offer from the Buckeyes. Offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson was at Seffner Christian Academy on Tuesday, where he checked in on the Ohio State TE target shortly before he earned an offer.
Five-star OSU cornerback target sets commitment date
Ohio State’s recruitment at defensive back was put on hold for a bit as it “searched” for Jeff Hafley’s replacement, with the expected hire of former Buckeye cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs announced on Monday. Five-star corner Tony Grimes is the No. 1 CB in the 2021 class, and had been recruited by Hafley before his exit. The OSU assistant’s move to Boston College shook things up between Grimes and the Buckeyes, but his father told Lettermen Row at the time that Ohio State was still “in the mix” for the elite DB even without Hafley.
The Coombs hire could certainly make Columbus an incredibly attractive destination for the class’ top corner. Grimes’ father had originally said that position coaches were very important to him and his son, and who better to help develop a defensive back than a guy who sent all of his starting corners to the NFL in his previous stint with the Buckeyes. There is no doubt Coombs will make a trip out to Virginia in the near future to try and assure Grimes that he could be the next great player to join DBU.
With a commitment date set for Dec. 1, Ohio State has plenty of time to makeup any ground lost in the coaching shuffle. Having already planned to visit campus even prior to the Coombs hire, look for Grimes to make the trek to Columbus more than once before everything is said and done.
Five-star defensive end target transferring to IMG Academy
One of the top players in the 2021 class, five-star defensive end Tunmise Adeleye announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will spend his final year of high school football playing for IMG Academy in Florida. Adeleye, the No. 3 SDE and No. 26 overall recruit in the cycle is very high on Ohio State’s board, as is the case with most top programs around the nation.
Adeleye spent the first three years of his high school career at Tompkins High School in Texas. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound edge rusher felt that the move to the very highly regarded prep school would provide him greater resources to further improve his game, as well as provide for him a level of competition better suited to prepare him for the college game.
Ohio State is certainly not alone in pursuing the talented DE, as Adeleye has also received offers from some heavy hitters including Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan and Penn State. Now listed as the No. 3 player in the state of Florida for 2021, Adeleye is set to make his college decision on Aug. 1.
- Coach Coombs was excited to get back on the recruiting trail on Wednesday, getting on Twitter to voice his feelings and return for Buckeye nation his famous and beloved long hashtags.
What a beautiful day! Planting the best flag in the world! So thankful to Coach Day for giving me this opportunity! #recruitingislikeridingabike #youneverreallyforgethow #cantwaittospendtimewithHighSchoolplayersandcoaches #findingthebestandthebrightest #GoBucks— Kerry Coombs (@DB_CoachCoombs) January 22, 2020
- According to Lettermen Row, Ohio State’s coaching staff was all over the country the past few days. While Coombs was obviously in Michigan to chat with Cameron Martinez, Brian Hartline was in Florida, where he is expected to meet with Troy Stellato, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Kyle McCord. Corey Dennis continued recruiting in his new role as quarterbacks coach, visiting the home of Quinn Ewers — who is set to be one of the top QBs in 2022. Greg Studrawa was on the road as well, meeting up with JC Latham and others at IMG Academy, while Matt Barnes saw Jager Burton in Kentucky.