Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class is shaping up to be another incredible haul. The class currently sits at No. 2 in the nation, behind only Alabama. Additionally, the Buckeyes may not be done, with two main targets still in play: five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau and four-star outside linebacker Raesjon Davis.
We briefly touched on Davis’ weekend visit in Columbus in yesterday’s State Secrets. The former LSU commit has been penciled in as a USC lean since leaving the Tigers, but things may have changed this past weekend.
Davis took to Twitter expressing his excitement following the visit and mentioned that he “might be back soon.” The response to this tweet led some to believe that Ohio State had jumped into the driver’s seat for his recruitment. However, now we have some further insight into the cryptic ending of his Tweet.
Monday morning, Davis’ father took to Twitter to express his gratitude to Ohio State and it again appears the visit was as successful as possible. More importantly, the elder Davis mentioned a second visit may be in the works before National Signing Day on Feb. 3rd.
Columbus Columbus Columbus Ohio, Wow. We enjoyed every bit of our first trip to Ohio. I can imagine how it would be without covid. A second trip before signing day ? #GoBuckeyes #BuckeyeNation #OhioState pic.twitter.com/llz7GPIeab— Rashad Davis Sr. (@RashadDaviSr_) January 25, 2021
While the clarification may not be best case scenario for those hoping Davis’ tweet was in reference to a commitment, there is no denying Ohio State’s chances at securing a commitment from the blue-chip prospect are at an all-time best. Ohio State has always looked like they were playing second fiddle to USC in Davis’ recruitment. However, it now appears there may be a chance the Buckeyes can steal him in the next week and a half.
It will be interesting to see if the California native is able to make the cross-country trip in such a short amount of time. If Davis and his family do decide to make the second trip, it should be assumed the distance between the two schools is not at great as once assumed.
Ohio State holds just one commitment at the linebacker position in 2021 with four-star ILB Reid Carrico. However, the position is already one of strength in the junior class with commitments from four-stars Gabe Powers, C.J. Hicks and Dasan McCullough and recently made the top five schools for five-star LB Shawn Murphy.
- Rivals released its updated list of five-star prospects in the 2021 recruiting class. Three future Buckeyes made the cut in WR Emeka Egbuka, DE Jack Sawyer, and OG Donovan Jackson at No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 respectively. Additionally, at No. 6 was Ohio State target and heavy-lean J.T. Tuimoloau.
- 2022 four-star combo guard Isaac McKneely will be announcing his college school of choice on Jan. 30th, and has cut Ohio State from his list of schools moving forward, leaving them out of his top eight.