Summer is in the air and football is right around the corner. Or at least we hope so. Regardless of the upcoming season taking place on time, Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day and the entire Buckeyes coaching staff have been hard at work solidifying the roster for years to come.
Ohio State sits atop of the 2021 class rankings, but North Carolina and Mack Brown have been right behind them since the beginning. Currently, the Tar Heels sit at No. 4 in the country, and a battle between them, Ohio State, Georgia and Texas A&M will be coming to an end this afternoon.
Five-star cornerback prospect Tony Grimes (Virginia Beach, VA/Princess Anne) will be announcing his decision today at 5 p.m. ET according to Grimes’ high school coach.
LETS GOOOO‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️— Coach Glover (@dhglover) June 28, 2020
VERY BIG WEEK‼️ CANT GET DISTRACTED ‼️ FINISHING UP WITH THIS CAMP TOMORROW AND THEN ITS COMMITMENT TIME ON TUESDAY FOR OUR SON @757EliteDB. IT GOING DOWN AT 5PM. @Bubblesdnf
While Ohio State has been after Grimes for the entirety of his recruitment, the school was never viewed to be in the driver’s seat. Instead, the betting favorite to land Grimes today is North Carolina.
The move may be surprising to those who only slightly follow college football, as Ohio State is a known powerhouse and North Carolina is historically a basketball school. However, since the arrival of Mack Brown, the Tar Heels have become a strong competitor for the Buckeyes on the East Coast. Losing Grimes to them is just more proof of the turnaround Brown is conducting in Chapel Hill.
However, recruiting is never certain and Ohio State still has a chance at being the school selected today, it would just make for one of the biggest shocks of the 2021 recruiting season.
If the tea leaves hold true, Ohio State is still in good shape at DB in terms of recruiting. The Buckeyes already hold commitments from four-star CB Jakailin Johnson, four-star safeties Andre Turrentine and Jantzen Dunn as well as three-star safety Jaylen Johnson.
Grimes is the nation’s No. 1 CB in 2021 according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 7 overall prospect in the nation.
Ohio State four-star QB commit ready for Elite 11
With the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing for the majority of this year, football seasons at every level of play are in limbo, let alone high school camps. Thankfully, the Elite 11 will be taking place this week, as the event features the top quarterbacks in the nation competing against each other.
Those looking for their Ohio State football fix should be tuned in this week to the camp as Buckeyes’ four-star QB commit Kyle McCord (Philadelphia, PA/St. Joseph’s) will be competing.
Brian Dohn of rivals.com spoke with McCord leading up to the event and the future Buckeye was excited to compete with the best of the best and is planning on giving his all to win the MVP honors.
“I am going in and I am going to try and compete as hard as I can and try to win it. At the same time, I am really excited to see what I take away from the event.”
As for what McCord is looking to take away from the event, he told Dohn that he looks to improve his game by speaking with all of the coaches. In specifics to improving his game, McCord already has the mental strength to know where and how he wants to improve his game.
“A few things in detail I have really been trying to focus on is throwing on the run on off-balance platforms,” he said. “If there is pressure in my face, backpedaling and throwing it, or running right and throwing left, or vice versa.”
Whether or not McCord wins the MVP of the event, what is for certain is his game will improve and that is only good news for Buckeye Nation. Make sure to follow Land-Grant Holy Land throughout the week for updates on the Elite 11 camp as well as all things Ohio State.
- As expected, three-star CB and former Ohio State commit Devonta Smith has chosen Alabama as his college destination. Smith de-committed from the Buckeyes on June 25 as the rumors began to swirl surrounding a flip to the Crimson Tide, and those rumors were confirmed on Monday afternoon when the La Salle product announced his new commitment via Twitter.
Blessed Because I’m Destined— Devonta Smith (@Prince_Tay_) June 29, 2020
Found A Better Way... ❤️ #COMMITTED #RollTide #BamaFactor pic.twitter.com/YvDTZEWqHC
- If you were worried about another flip in the Ohio State defensive back room, you don't have to worry about Jaylen Johnson. The safety let everyone know on Twitter Monday night that his recruitment is officially closed, and that he will for sure become a Buckeye.
My recruitment is finally closed I am 1000000% loyal to @OhioStateFB can’t wait to get this show on the road ❤️@DB_CoachCoombs @CoachWash56 #Gobucks pic.twitter.com/eSCPV4wqB8— Jaylen.Johnson (@JaylenJohnson21) June 30, 2020
- There also may be something else in the works — *insert eyes emoji*
We working on gettin another BOOM just be patient . We got yall— Jantzen Dunn (@JantzenDunn) June 30, 2020