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Ohio State builds on West Coast pipeline

The Buckeyes are set to play host to a group of prospects from California in a couple weeks.

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Monday’s are typically a drag, but this week, there was something different in the air. College football is back and Ohio State will be soon travelling to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers this Thursday in its first game of the season. With all the news and notes fixated around game week — and rightfully so — you may have missed the Buckeyes making the recruiting headlines. If so, no need to worry as Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered.

Ohio State building California pipeline

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff is one of the best groupings of college football recruiters in the nation. This success has directly correlated with the success the program has on the field and just like on the field, the program is always working to improve.

One of the ways Ohio State is working on this is putting a focus out west, California in particular, as this is where a large plethora of high school football talent hails from. It appears as though the Buckeyes are trying to work on creating a pipeline with prestigious high school football program St. John Bosco.

The school is not unfamiliar with Ohio State, as the Buckeyes have long recruited talent from there. However, aside from 2020 four-star OLB Kourt Williams, the Buckeyes have not had much recent success with the program. This is something Day and the Buckeyes are trying to change, and they will have a great opportunity to build that relationship in the coming weeks as a handful of targets from the program are scheduled to visit Ohio State on Sept. 11 for their home opener versus Oregon.

2023 four-star cornerback Jshawn Frausto-Ramos, 2023 four-star safety R.J. Jones, 2024 four-star CB Marcellus Williams, and 2024 four-star S Peyton Woodyard have all taken to Twitter lately to discuss their upcoming visit.

The visitor list for when Ohio State takes on Oregon is shaping up to be a large one full of blue-chip prospects. It will also be the first time in more than a year that Ohio State has been able to host recruits on visits during a football game environment, which is when ‘The Shoe’ is at its most electric.

While Ohio State has not been a popular name among the aforementioned California DB’s, this visit will give the Buckeyes an opportunity to become contenders in their recruitment that they wouldn’t have had last year. This alone will give the Buckeyes a better chance at securing talent from the area. These young DB’s will also have a chance to see Kerry Coombs coach in person, another card in Ohio State’s pocket that they have had to wait more than a year to use.

Frausto-Ramos is the No. 29 CB and the No. 249 overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings for 2023, while Jones is the No. 21 S and the No. 216 overall prospect. Additionally, Williams is the No. 8 CB and No. 70 overall prospect in 2024, according to 247Sports, while Woodyard is the No. 2 S and No. 20 overall recruit.

Make sure to keep up with Land-Grant Holy Land as we learn more about the visitor list for Ohio State’s home-opener.