It may be just the first week of March, but there has already been a ton of Ohio State news this week as if it were August. With all of the updates coming out of spring camp, it can be easy for some of the recruiting headlines to get lost in the shuffle. We here at Land-Grant Holy Land are here to get you back up to speed on anything you may have missed during this busy time of the offseason.
First up: all the recruits set to visit the ole Woody Hayes Athletic Center this week, according to 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic.
Most notably, four-star Kentucky athlete Jantzen Dunn attended practice on Wednesday and left with a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
Dunn is the nation’s No. 22 athlete, and the No. 2 player out of the state of Kentucky. With the addition of his offer from Ohio State, he now holds 24 offers.
Many schools are offering him as a defensive back that could play cornerback or safety, according to Kurelic.
“The Buckeyes are looking to sign at least two outstanding class of 2021 cornerbacks and likely three, and they also are looking to sign two top safety prospects....(Kerry Coombs’) goal at Ohio State has been to sign two potential first round or early second round NFL draft choice type recruits each recruiting cycle.”
So far for the class of 2021, the Buckeyes only have one defensive back commitment from the top safety prospect in Ohio — Jaylen Johnson from Cincinnati La Salle. Dunn would make an excellent, versatile addition to Coombs’ group, if he commits.
Joining Dunn at Wednesday’s practice was four-star tight end from Hilliard, Ohio, Jack Pugh. Pugh is the No. 13 tight end in the nation and the No. 10 prospect in Ohio, according to 247Sports Composite. He has 19 offers, including Iowa State, Penn State, and Wisconsin, but has yet to receive one from Ohio State.
On Friday, four-star wide receiver Adonai Mitchell from Antioch, Tenn. will visit the Buckeyes, along with Michigan four-star running back Donovan Edwards and a RB prospect for the class of 2022, Dillon Tatum.
Mitchell is the country’s No. 327 overall prospect, the No. 55 wide receiver and the No. 10 prospect in Tennessee, and Edwards is the No. 38 overall prospect, the No. 3 running back and the No. 2 player in Michigan.
So far, Edwards has racked up 39 total offers, including Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, and Michigan State, but according to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball, Edwards is between Ohio State (56%) and Michigan (44%). Safe to say Friday is a big day for Buckeye running backs coach Tony Alford.
Check out the full list of recruits expected to visit this spring:
- We last reported that four-star Ohio running back Corey Kiner will be dropping his official top 10 on Friday (which the athlete announced on his Twitter account). Since then, 247Sports’ Kurelic reported that Kiner said he does plan to visit Ohio State at some point in the spring, which should suggest OSU made it in his final 10.