Spring is in the air. Or at least it feels like it, for now.
Yesterday was an exciting start for the week for Buckeye Nation. It was the first Monday in the month of March. Winter coats were put away in favor of raincoats as the weather was rainy, yet 50 degrees. Most importantly, the Ohio State football team held their first spring practice of 2020. The college football season may have just ended two months ago, but for a moment it didn’t feel like it.
With all the talk of football being over, it never stops for the Ohio State coaching staff. Recruiting is a year-round process and the main reason behind why the program is one of the sport’s elites. On Monday, the Buckeyes again found themselves in the recruiting headlines.
Offensive lineman includes Ohio State in top 10
Ohio State’s coaching staff is hard at work adding to their already No. 1 ranked 2021 recruiting class. Their hard work continued to pay off on Monday when offensive guard Rocco Spindler (Clarkston, MI/Clarkston) included the Buckeyes in his top 10 schools.
Ohio State has some tough competition for Spindler as he included Michigan, Penn State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona State and Notre Dame alongside the Buckeyes.
The current thought is that Michigan and Notre Dame were the leading candidates, but Ohio State seems to be making ground in his recruitment. Spindler wouldn’t be the only elite recruit from Michigan the Buckeyes are picking up momentum with. Just last week the top recruit from the State up North, running back Donovan Edwards (West Bloomfield, MI/West Bloomfield) was rumored to be favoring the Buckeyes after long being speculated to Michigan.
While there is still plenty of time before Spindler has to come to a decision, it is being reported he wants to make his commitment before his senior season kicks off. If that remains the case, expect him to begin taking official visits this spring and for Ohio State to be one of the five.
The four-star offensive guard is regarded as one of the best at his position and in the class as a whole. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 2 OG and the No. 49 overall prospect. The Buckeyes still have plenty of work to do, but momentum is beginning to swing their way.
- The Ohio State basketball program played host to a handful of recruits this past weekend when the team played host to its arch-rival, Michigan.
Complete list of recruits who visited Ohio State today vs. Michigan (3/1)— Ohio State Hoops Insider (@OSUHoopsInsider) March 2, 2020
▫️4⭐️ Kalen Etzler (‘21)
▫️4⭐️ Meechie Johnson (‘21)
▫️4⭐️ Roddy Gayle Jr. (‘22)
▫️4⭐️ Shawn Phillips Jr. (‘22)
▫️ Desmond Watson (‘21) pic.twitter.com/w0ADwCov8z
- One-time Ohio State commit and 2019 four-star RB Sampson James entered his name into the transfer portal after one season playing for Indiana. The Buckeyes notoriously signed just one RB in their 2020 recruiting class. Could James be a last-second addition to the class?