It’s been nearly a week since the first loss of the Ryan Day era, and while that game may never sit well with you, the Buckeyes are still making headlines and proving that there’s no down time when you follow Ohio State. Whether it be the commitment of Sam Hart for the 2021 class on Monday, NFL Draft declarations, and others announcing their returns, it has been a busy week that may help sidetrack your mind from the 2019 season being in the books.
Fortunately, football isn’t totally over with, as this week has been huge for many of the Buckeyes’ 2020 signees. With the All-America Bowl coming up tomorrow and the Under Armour All-America game wrapping up last night, Ohio State has been well represented, showing nothing but promise and elite talent for the future. Ryan Day and his staff have backed up their talk about recruiting being the life-blood of a program’s success, and that should leave you hopeful for OSU to return to the College Football Playoff very soon.
Future Buckeyes shining this week
One of the more fun aspects of the recruiting scene is the yearly opportunity for future Buckeye teammates to take the field either against one another or as teammates in the All-America games. This year has been no different, as nine signees are playing tomorrow in the All-America Bowl and three signees played last night in the Under Armour edition.
Paris Johnson Jr., Cody Simon, CJ Stroud, Gee Scott Jr., Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Josh Fryar, Kourt Williams, Luke Wypler, and Lathan Ransom will all represent Ohio State tomorrow. Last night, Julian Fleming, Lejond Cavazos, and Jacolbe Cowan took the field. A total of twelve future Buckeyes represent the program and have already got off to an awesome start showing off what they will be bringing to Columbus.
Last night, five-star wide receiver Julian Fleming put on a clinic for Team Savage. Not only did Fleming score, but all week long he was known as the “alpha dog,” the title given to the top performer of the day in competition. An impressive feat nonetheless, what makes Fleming’s performances even sweeter is the fact that he’s doing it against elite competition. Brian Hartline knows what he’s getting in Fleming, but last night’s showing and his performance all week were just more concrete examples that the receiver room at Ohio State is better than ever.
Another OSU signee having a tremendous week has been quarterback CJ Stroud. Saturday Stroud will officially take the field for the game, but if this week has been any preview of what’s coming to Ohio State when he arrives, the Buckeyes are absolutely stoked that they were able to land his signature during the Early Signing Period.
Yes, the OSU is spoiled with two great signal callers in the 2020 class, but watching Stroud this week has been very reassuring. In fact, Stroud was not only listed as the second-ranked QB at the All-America Bowl, but is also in consideration for a fifth star after his incredible showings at both the Elite 11 and now the All-America Bowl. It’s safe to say the future is bright for Ohio State at the quarterback position, and will be as long as Day is in command.
Other notable performances include defensive star Cody Simon, who has really impressed with his coverage skills. Analysts such as Steve Wiltfong have made it clear that Simon is one of the more over-looked Ohio State signees, and will be a player the Buckeyes are happy to have.
Lathan Ransom and Kourt Williams have also turned heads on defense, while on the offensive side of the ball Jaxon Smith-Njigba was doing what he’s done all year before an ankle injury. You can go on and on, but the key point here is that Ohio State has signed another top national class and has not only refilled the roster, but reloaded it with some of the best talent in the country.
- 2021 prospect Donovan Jackson, (Bellaire, Texas/Episcopal) will make his commitment on Jan. 8. With over 30 offers from the nation’s top programs, it looks promising that the No. 11 tackle and No. 7 player in Texas will choose Ohio State.
- 2020 running back Jahmyr Gibbs (Dalton, Georgia/Dalton) who has now long been an Ohio State target has set his official visit to Columbus for Jan. 17. While that news is positive regarding the current Georgia Tech commit, the latest rumblings have been leaning towards Gibbs staying in the south. The running back saga may continue on.