It’s been more than a long time coming, but it can finally be said: Ohio State football is back! Yesterday, the Buckeyes were on the field for their first camp practice of the 2020 campaign, and while it’s not a guarantee that we will in fact have a season, it’s certainly another major step in the right direction.
With the schedule’s announcement on Wednesday, Ohio State knows who they’ll be playing and can now prepare for those 10 conference games. While nobody in the Big Ten is out of the woods yet, the first game — if played — is now less than a month away, when the Buckeyes will travel to Champaign to take on Illinois.
In regards to recruiting specifically, Ohio State’s coaching staff has not slowed down their efforts once during this pandemic. Keeping the nation’s top overall class is starting to look like a reality, and while there’s still plenty of work to do to seal up the last few remaining commits, the Buckeyes sit very well with their top targets who can lock up that No. 1 class.
Even with the recruiting dead period still in effect and likely to eliminate visits on game days, the Buckeyes staff is working tirelessly to reload the roster with the best players in 2021 and beyond.
The next in line?
When it comes to recruiting nationally for the Buckeyes, few states have been as kind to the program as Florida. As one of the top states in the country for churning out DI football players, the Sunshine State will always have Ohio State at its door. One of the programs that stands out for the Buckeyes specifically though is Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville.
A prep power in Northeast Florida, Trinity has not only given the Buckeyes Shaun Wade, but guys such as Tyreke Johnson and Marcus Crowley as well. Proof that this high school program isn’t just a one and done stop for Ryan Day and crew, the Buckeyes are back around Trinity Christian again, using their connections with the Wade family to their advantage in recruiting future prospects.
While it is certainly in the distant future, the next in line for the Buckeyes to try and bring north is 2023 Trinity product Treyaun Webb. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, Webb is listed as an athlete on his 247Sports profile, but currently plays on both sides of the ball at both running back and cornerback. A true stud in the making, Webb may have only played one season of high school football due to this point, but that hasn’t slowed him down as he currently holds nearly 40 scholarship offers from basically every top school in the country.
The two-way star will easily be one of the top ranked players when the grades for 2023 come out, but until then, the ranking clearly doesn’t matter much with already everyone vying for his pledge.
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Interestingly enough, Webb is currently committed to Georgia, and has been since November of 2019. But with three full years left of high school, it’s clear he’s going to still entertain others before really shutting it down. Ohio State just came into play recently, offering Webb this past Saturday, so they will have a bunch of work to do try and steal him from the Bulldogs.
As mentioned, the Buckeyes have done more than enough to have a solid footprint at Webb’s high school, and with Randy Wade helping in this recruitment as the father of a current Buckeye star, it definitely doesn’t hurt. In fact, Randy himself seems to feel pretty decent about Ohio State’s chances at yet another Trinity Christian native. There’s more than enough time to really become a player for Webb, but it’s important for Ohio State’s staff to continue leaning on one of their best recruiting pitches — their ability to develop for the NFL, especially at the cornerback position.
- According to 247Sports analyst Rusty Mansell, 2022 defensive tackle prospect Mykel Williams let him know that Ohio State is one of the schools currently recruiting him the hardest. In addition, Williams made it clear how highly he thinks of position coach Larry Johnson. The Columbus, GA native is the fourth-best defensive tackle in the country in 2022, and the No. 54 player overall in the class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.