While the focus for Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and the coaching staff is firmly planted on Minnesota with hopes of taking care of business inside of Huntington Bank Stadium tomorrow, recruiting never stops. Land-Grant Holy Land discusses the latest happenings that Tuesday brought about on the recruiting trail.
Bowles hinting at announcement?
It was just over two months ago that Ohio State welcomed 2023 four-star linebacker Troy Bowles of Jesuit (FL) to campus to participate in one of the Buckeyes annual camp days for prospects around the country. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder came to Columbus with a goal in mind, and that was to impress the coaching staff and head back to the Sunshine State with an offer from the program under his belt. Sure enough, Bowles did enough to make a lasting impression and he did walk away with the coveted scholarship opportunity from the Scarlet and Gray.
Since then, 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic and Steve Wiltfong have gone on to place Crystal Ball predictions forecasting Bowles to Ohio State. Will it happen? That remains to be seen. But we may not have to wait very long to find out. On Tuesday, Bowles posted a cryptic tweet that could hint at some sort of announcement taking place later today.
September 1st…— Troy Bowles ♂️ ²³ (@TroyBowles11) August 31, 2021
Does it definitely mean Bowles is ready to make his collegiate pledge? Or could it be an All-American game commitment or a top schools list? It will be interesting to see what the news is or if it simply applies to the fact that programs can now directly contact 2023 prospects starting at midnight today. Nonetheless, it should be information that has the Buckeyes attention.
Bowles is currently graded as the No. 52 overall player in his class. The son of current Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, and brother of Rutgers walk-on Todd Bowles Jr., is also penciled in as the fourth-best linebacker and 12th best prospect in the state of Florida in next year’s cycle.
Two Buckeye targets add offers
While the Buckeyes weren’t dishing out offers of their own on Tuesday, they did manage to see two prospects they are tracking pick up offers from other programs.
One of those players was 2023 four-star cornerback JShawn Frausto-Ramos of St. John Bosco (CA). It was the in-state Cal Golden Bears who gifted the latest offer for Frausto-Ramos, the current 249th overall player in the class. Ohio State dashed out to a pretty early start in this recruitment as they offered the talented Braves defensive back in June.
I am Extremely Excited To Have Received An Offer From The University Of California Berkeley #GoBears #destinationbosco pic.twitter.com/kYbyvWa71A— Jshawn Frausto-Ramos (@JshawnRamos) August 31, 2021
The other target of Ohio State who was on the receiving end of an offer from another program on Tuesday was another St. John Bosco (CA) standout in four-star linebacker Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was offered by Ole Miss to bring him up to 11 offers thus far. Viliamu-Asa was offered by the Buckeyes back in April and is well on his way to becoming one of the top overall prospects in his class.
Blessed to recieve an offer from The University of Mississippi ❤️ #AG2G #hottytoddy pic.twitter.com/IDQopyp7CU— Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (@AsaViliamu) August 31, 2021
- Ohio State head coach Ryan Day revealed on his radio show on Tuesday that the Buckeyes coaching staff should be able to get back on the road on Friday to get some more recruiting done. It’s likely that Day and company will take in some action after the contest with Minnesota on Thursday. He also mentioned getting to see some coaches and doing some home visits with prospects they are pursuing.