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Four-star defensive end sets up Ohio State visit

The Buckeyes will once again host one of the top pass rushers in the Midwest

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Did you miss out on some of the latest recruiting news surrounding the Ohio State Buckeyes over the weekend? Don’t worry Land-Grant Holy Land is here to get you caught back with what you might’ve missed.

Saint Louis DE to return to Columbus

From Ezekiel Elliott to current Ohio State football players such as Cameron Brown, Jameson Williams, Kamryn Babb, and Mookie Cooper, the Buckeyes have made Saint Louis, MO a key spot to hit while out on the recruiting trail. From the looks of things, that is something Ryan Day and crew aren’t planning on cutting from their agenda anytime soon.

This makes four-star defensive end Travion Ford a key 2021 prospect. The Lutheran North soon-to-be-senior will soon make a trip from the Lou to Columbus to once again get a up close and personal view at what it would be like to a student athlete at Ohio State. Ford will return to the state’s capitol on March 6 to mix it up with the Buckeyes coaching staff.

One of the top pass rushing threats in the class of 2021, Ford, the No. 6 weak-side defensive end and 123rd overall prospect in the country per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, might hold a chance to call Columbus his college home, but the Buckeyes aren’t the only ones trying to add the 6-foot-2, 222-pounder to the fold.

With around 30 college offers already on the table, Ford has opportunities to suit up in every major conference. From the Big Ten, SEC, to the Pac 12, Kentucky, Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas are just a few of the colleges who dealt out a scholarship to Ford throughout the process.

Very familiar with his play on the field, recruiting analyst Allen Trieu had the following to say about what Ford could potentially bring to a college program.

“Lean body type, but has some length to him. Productive high school player who knows how to get to the quarterback. Has quickness off the ball and shows the agility to win inside with counter moves. Plays with a nice motor and runs plays down. For now being a bigger end right now, he holds his own well against the run and has good functional strength already. Right now, he falls into a bit of a tweener spot. He could possibly play outside linebacker in a 3-4 and does have some experience playing from a two-point stance. Best chance at reaching his ceiling though may be to add weight and strength and be a weak-side end in a 4-3. Will be able to contribute early in his career on passing downs, and long-term projection will come down to how his body changes over the next few years, but his ability to rush the passer makes him a player we think will be productive at a Power 5 school and have a chance to play beyond college.”

One of the many reasons why Lutheran North won a state championship last season, check out some of Travion Ford’s junior year highlights:

Buckeyes host numerous prospects

Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State coaching staff had more than the Maryland Terrapins on campus yesterday. On hand to watch the Buckeyes knock off a top 10 program, numerous recruits had the chance to see what it would be like to wear the Scarlet and Gray on the next level.

You can find out below which recruits were reportedly on the sidelines on Sunday.

Four-star PF Kalen Etzler

Class: 2021

Town: Convoy, OH/Crestview

Size: 6-foot-8/195 pounds

Status: Verbally committed to Ohio State

Four-star G Meechie Johnson

Class: 2021

Town: Willoughby, OH/Andrews Osborne Academy

Size: 5-foot-11/160 pounds

Status: Verbally committed to Ohio State

Five-star SF Kendall Brown

Class: 2021

Town: Wichita, KS/Sunrise Christian

Size: 6-foot-7/205 pounds

Status: Uncommitted

Offers: Ohio State, Arkansas, Kansas, Marquette, Minnesota, etc

Four-star SG Malakai Branham

Class: 2021

Town: Akron, OH/St. Vincent St. Mary

Size: 6-foot-4/175 pounds

Status: Uncommitted

Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Louisville, Xavier, etc

Four-star PG Paul McMillan

Class: 2022

Town: Cincinnati, OH/Woodward Career Technical

Size: 6-foot-1/170 pounds

Status: Uncommitted

Offers: Cincinnati, Dayton, Xavier, Ole Miss, etc

SG Isaac McKneely

Class: 2022

Town: Poca, WV/Poca

Size: 6-foot-3/160 pounds

Status: Uncommitted

Offers: Xavier, Marshall, Davidson, Liberty, Stetson, etc

PG DJ Moore

Class: 2022

Town: Worthington, OH/Worthington Christian

Size: 6-foot-3/185 pounds

Status: Uncommitted