While all attention is looking toward the 2021 class and beyond, the Ohio State staff could have taken Wednesday night to reflect a little bit on their incredible 2020 class. Instead, they continued to go to work building relationships that are needed for future success. There’s a very positive atmosphere surrounding the Ohio State program right now and recruiting is certainly a big reason as to why.
Ohio State really does love Florida native receivers
It’s been said numerous times, but the job that Brian Hartline is doing on and off the field for Ohio State is truly incredible. When you think of this past season alone, not only did the receivers shine during the season, but senior receivers such as Austin Mack, K.J. Hill and Binjimen Victor all received ample praise for their work ethic and performances.
Then you take into consideration the elite class of guys brought in by Hartline this past 2020 class, and you can see why 247Sports named Hartline “Recruiter of the Year.” He is doing a fantastic job at developing players and on the recruiting trail, and there’s really not much more you can ask for from a position coach. The present and future is extremely bright in that position room, and it won’t cease any time soon.
Yesterday, Hartline and the Buckeyes were back on the trail in Florida dishing out a new offer to Plant City native, Mario Williams. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver, Williams most likely projects to be an inside receiver at the next level, but certainly still has room to grow with a full year and a half of high school left under his belt. Ranked currently as the No. 6 receiver in the country for the 2021 class, Williams is also regarded as the ninth-best player in Florida and the No. 48 prospect overall in the nation for the upcoming cycle.
A coveted player to say the least, Williams and his very high four-star status hold offers from 30 schools, including many if not all of the nation’s top programs.
Blessed to receive an offer from Ohio state University! #gobuckeys @CraigHaubert @Rivals @247Sports pic.twitter.com/HI29eqKr2m— Lootrunner.mariooo (@MarioWill00) February 6, 2020
This past December, Williams released a top-five list which included Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, and Texas, with the Sooners thought to be the leader for his services at least according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball. Obviously not having an Ohio State offer at the time of his top schools announcement is the reason Buckeyes haven’t been involved, but with the offer coming yesterday, it shows they would like to start building a relationship.
Buckeyes will get visits from top targets
Whether a car ride or plane ride away, the Buckeyes have the ability to make the in-person visit feelings last beyond the typical honeymoon period, and it’s because Ohio State can offer so much beyond just the on-field success so many prospects are wanting at the next level. Sure, they can develop talent at a rate that proves itself, but their ability to show what they can offer kids in terms of life after football is truly why their seeing such tremendous success.
Visits will once again begin taking place this spring, and while the staff will look to get many of their top guys on campus this spring, two 2021 targets the Buckeyes would love to add to the fold already have plans of making it to campus. Bucknuts.com writer Bill Kurelic shared yesterday that both Hudson Wolfe and Demeioun Robinson have plans to get back to Columbus soon, and those visits will be pivotal opportunities at important positions in the upcoming class.
Wolfe is not a new name to Buckeye recruiting followers by any means. The Tennessee native checks in as the No. 8 tight-end in the country and someone Kevin Wilson would love to have in his next class. Robinson, a defensive end from Maryland, is a very highly touted four-star recruit with over 20 offers as he checks in as the No. 5 WDE in the country.
Ohio State should have no problem recruiting along the defensive line, where prospective Buckeyes can just take a look at the upcoming NFL Draft that will see Chase Young be taken in the top three picks thanks to his development and career in Columbus. A recruiting tactic that will surely be used on Robinson, you have to like what seems to be limitless potential for Larry Johnson as he continues to bring in some of the nation’s top athletes.