Ryan Day and his staff have been conducting full staff meetings at least twice a week and in his spare time, coach Day has been watching film and prepping for when football makes its eventual return. Other coaches like Brian Hartline have been using any and all technology to see his players and watch film together as they would in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, ridding themselves of any excuses not to be ready for the season.
There’s no getting around it. Right now is not ideal for anyone in college football. But if there’s one program who has been dealing with the times in a successful manner, it’s Ohio State. Specifically with recruiting, the Buckeyes have been hammering the trail and it looks as if that is going to continue on in the foreseeable future.
Are the Buckeyes about to strike gold?
A prospect that needs no introduction, 2021’s top-ranked running back TreVeyon Henderson has been most closely linked to Ohio State lately. The Buckeyes already have North Carolina native Evan Pryor in their current class, but as it’s been known all along, the staff really wants to land two running backs in the class, and landing both Pryor and Henderson would easily give them the best one-two punch in the country in this cycle.
Most believe that it’s not a matter of “if” anymore, but more of “when” Henderson will become a Buckeye. With the RB himself stating a commitment could come at any time, he’s also made it clear to several that Ohio State is his leader, and stands out more than any other school.
There’s been lots of thought that Henderson was going to commit earlier this week, but as that has yet to be the case, Buckeye fans are trying their best to remain patient and keep the faith that in the end, they’ll get the best back in the land. The good news is that this is not just fool’s gold, but what very easily could happen. In fact, Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, Steve Wiltfong stated yesterday that he believes Ohio State remains in full position to get Henderson, and while he’s working his way through the process, he hasn’t heard anything to make him believe that Henderson’s mindset has changed.
Great news to say the least, a commitment from the top running back would be huge for RB coach Tony Alford and the rest of the program. While nothing has been set in stone in terms of a timeline, it’s important to know Henderson has reiterated that he could commit at any time. Smoke is in the air about a possible announcement coming today, and all signs point to the Buckeyes redeeming last years running back class woes by hitting this year out of the park with not one, but two elite rushers in the fold. Henderson tweeted late last night that he has “decided,” and now we wait for the actual pledge. A “BOOM” would be more than welcome whenever it comes.
I’ve decided!!!!— TreVeyon Henderson (@TreveyonH15) March 27, 2020
Goodbye Florida, hello Columbus?
One of the more interesting players in the 2021 recruiting class has been IMG Academy's, Kamar Wilcoxson. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete, Wilcoxson had been committed to the in-state Florida Gators since last July. Interestingly enough though, the school he had been associated the most with lately was Ohio State. Several tweets and postings alike showed his interest in the Buckeyes, and while many thought he may in fact eventually wind up in Ohio State’s 2021 class, his Florida commitment of course derailed any chances of that coming to fruition.
Last night though, Wilcoxson de-committed from Florida, and that obviously opens the door for the Buckeyes to step in and take full control of his recruitment moving forward.
Making no secret about it, Ohio State would love to add Wilcoxson to this class, having recruited him as a defensive back throughout the process. Checking in as 16th-best athlete in the country per the 247Sports Composite rankings, he is a highly touted four-star prospect. Holding 30 scholarship offers, he has valuable experience playing on both sides of the ball.
With his change of heart, he has already made it clear to analysts such as Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com that Ohio State is No. 1 on his list now. Saying nothing but great things about the program and Kerry Coombs specifically, it looks as if the Buckeyes will likely be the favorite from here on out. As far as when a commitment could come is still up in the air, but look for Ohio State to try and get Wilcoxson on campus to really seal the deal whenever that opportunity arises.