Is there a better time to be a Buckeye fan? In the midst of a crazy 2020 season and year for that matter, Ohio State winning a fourth-straight Big Ten title, defeating a nemesis in Clemson for the Sugar Bowl, and now prepping to play for the National Championship make for a rewarding couple of months.
The momentum Ryan Day and this coaching staff already have in every area both on and off the field is truly incredible, and if they can add a national title to their resume in just a few short days, their fight in all they have been through will feel that much more fulfilling. Nevertheless, as an Ohio State fan, it can’t get much better than this.
Davis still giving Ohio State a chance, will announce soon
Just last week here at LGHL, Raesjon Davis and his chances of coming to Ohio State were the topic of discussion. Fast forward to now, and the Buckeyes definitely still have a realistic chance of poaching the fourth-best outside linebacker and No. 45 player nationally for the 2021 class. The one-time LSU commit has been in the headlines quite a bit as of late, and it’s obviously due to the caliber of player he is and every college program in the country wanting to have a shot at adding him to the fold. As time goes on and the February signing period gets closer, the plans for Davis and his eventual decision are becoming more clear.
Yesterday, 247Sports analyst Gregg Biggins released a story on Davis that sheds as much light as possible regarding the latest in the recruitment for the California native, as well as when he plans to announce his commitment. What we know now is Davis is down to four schools — LSU, USC, Oregon, and Ohio State. In addition to those four programs, Raesjon has set his timetable for Feb. 3, the first day of the late signing period for the 2021 class.It was mentioned that if he knows before then, he will let the program of choice know in advance, but at least publicly the plan is set in stone for that date.
Here is what Davis had to say in regards to his feelings toward the Buckeyes:
“Ohio State is a great program. When you look at what they’re doing now and how well they’re recruiting, it’s almost a sure thing if you got there, you’re going to make it to the playoffs and have a great shot to get drafted. They win and develop, that’s who they are as a program. Their class this year is crazy and the ’22 class is already strong. I don’t talk to the coaches as much as Oregon or USC right now but I still have a really good relationship with them. Coach Day is really involved and I talk a lot with coach Washington and coach Coombs too.
“I watched their game with Clemson and was really impressed. I love the way they play and really like watching Justin Hilliard a lot. I think I play a lot like him so I was enjoying watching him out there making plays. I’ll be watching the National Championship game for sure and I think they have a shot to win it. Once the season is over, hopefully I can find a time to visit out there. I’m not just saying that, I really do want to visit and even though I don’t have a date yet, it has to happen. My parents really want to check out the place and my interest is definitely real.”
Davis also went in depth for his other three finalists, but you have to feel pretty solid about where Ohio State stands considering the plan is to get to Columbus in the coming weeks with his parents before February so they too can see Ohio State and have a better understanding for where their son could be spending his college career.
That alone bodes well for the Buckeyes that he still intends to take a trip to campus, but Davis has also made it clear to others such as Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row that his parents have said the decision is ultimately up to him and that even if another trip to Ohio State wasn’t able to take place, he could still pick the Buckeyes with their support.
As Ohio State still has a couple of weeks to make their best pitch to Davis, his words should give some more hope for the Buckeyes and their chances. When he commented that the USC heavy Crystal Ball predictions were surprising to him and that Buckeyes do have a very realistic chance here, it should provide more positive vibes than what the consensus has been recently.
Ohio State may have an inside track to early playing time with the current status of the linebacker room and is still all in on this recruitment, but now we know when we can see if their hard work pays off or if Davis stays closer to home. Feb. 3 is not that far away.
Buckeyes gaining momentum with Georgia 2020 receiver?
A name that has been surfacing for a bit now is 2022 receiver Kojo Antwi. The No. 19 receiver in the class and the No. 162 best player nationally, Antwi came out with a list of eight schools just a week ago, and of course that list included the Buckeyes. As everyone knows with receiver recruiting, Brian Hartline has basically been able to hand pick his guys in the last couple of cycles and he’s looking to do the same in 2022.
Already having the top receiver in the class per 247Sports in the fold thanks to Caleb Burton, one may wonder how many at the position Ohio State can really take considering how young and talented the room already is. Antwi, however, looks to be of major priority though for both Hartline and Ohio State.
Yesterday, Ohio State picked up a Crystal Ball prediction in their favor with Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts for Antwi, and really it’s not surprising when you consider what Hartline did just moments before Ohio State’s biggest game of the year to that point against Clemson. Per Eleven Warriors, Hartline and Antwi facetimed before the game on New Year’s Day and that had the WR pretty floored to say the least.
When you think about how much that shows Antwi that he’s a top priority, you get the gist that Ohio State and Hartline are going to be pretty tough to beat from here on out. Having actions like that stick out are important, but it’s the relationships that Hartline builds that makes him so successful. Moving forward, that will only increase in strength.