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Ohio State could be in for another BOOMing week

The nation’s top offensive tackle could be nearing his decision, which should be good news for the Buckeyes

Five-star offensive tackle JC Latham
Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

The last few months have been kind to Ohio State’s football program in terms of recruiting. The Buckeyes 2021 class has vaulted to the top of the class rankings, and to be frank, no other program is even close to Ohio State’s level. And this was all the case before the 2020 NFL Draft, which saw a handful of Buckeyes successfully make the transition to professional ball, including the top three picks all being on Ohio State’s roster at one point.

Giving OSU even more ammunition doesn’t even feel fair at this point. However, that is a problem for every other team. The Buckeyes are hoping the weekend’s success will help them win the remaining recruiting battles they are facing — one of which could be coming to an end soon.

Five-star OT target JC Latham (Bradenton, FL/IMG Academy) posted a somewhat cryptic tweet Monday morning, and it could be good news for the Buckeyes.

Now it needs to be stated up front, nowhere in Latham’s tweet does he say he is going to be announcing his decision, let alone when. However, in college football recruiting, where there is smoke, there is usually fire.

Latham has long been associated with the Ohio State program, and as of recent, the Buckeyes have become the overwhelming favorite to earn his commitment. The 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions all favor the Buckeyes, including the most highly respected recruiting analysts. Currently, all 11 CBs for Latham are for OSU, including lead expert Bill Kurelic and 247Sports director of football recruiting Steve Wiltfong.

But again, there are no certainties in college football recruiting. However, if Latham is going to be making his decision soon, it would come as a big shock if the Buckeyes were not the selection. That is not to say there is a lack of competition for Latham though. Back in January, the offensive lineman released a top ten of Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida State and Miami. Since then, the Buckeyes have done a tremendous job of separating themselves from the field.

Latham would make for a terrific addition alongside already Ohio State OL verbal commits Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman. Rated as a five-star prospect in 247Sports’ own rankings, he currently stands as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 3 player in the class overall.

Quick Hits:

  • Four-star OT target David Davidkov committed to Big Ten foe Iowa over Ohio State and others on Monday. The Buckeyes had looked to be a long shot candidate in the recruitment of the nation’s No. 18 OT, with the race really coming down to Michigan and the Hawkeyes.
  • Ohio State 2021 safety target and Florida decommit Kamar Wilcoxson has once again spurned the Buckeyes in favor of an SEC team, this time choosing Tennessee. With OSU holding five verbal commits from defensive backs in this class already, the room is starting to get a bit crowded. Wilcoxson seemed to be high on Ohio State, but it could have become a numbers game.