We are on the eve of the first week of Spring practice as
the Buckeyes look to hit the field and start on their quest for the 2018
National Championship. While the current players hit the field with the 10 early enrollees, the coaches will have both hats back on as they are going to
be coaching as well as recruiting. Last week was a slower week in terms of
recruiting for the Buckeyes, but it was highlighted by one of Ohio’s best
giving his verbal to the Scarlet and Gray.
Jaelen Gill Playin' Games
If you missed the video that Jaelen Gill used to commit to
UCLA Bruins Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday then you need to take a
look at it. Gill originally put on a UCLA shirt and it looked like he was
set to travel to Westwood to become a Bruin. However, the video wasn’t over and
Gill then showed up at the ‘Shoe where he took off the UCLA shirt and revealed a
Buckeye shirt instead. He then flashed the patented O-H-I-O and the crowd at
Westerville South went crazy.
You can look at the Gill commitment story here, Tony’s story
about his bond with his late grandfather here, and our commitment impact here.
Brennan Eagles Lists
One of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects in the class
of 2018 is Texas’s Brennan Eagles. Eagles (6-4 208) is ranked as the No. 7 wide receiver
in the nation and the No. 5 overall prospect from the state of Texas. The
Buckeyes have had some recent success in Texas, as they pulled four of
the top recruits out of the Lonestar State last year. Will that success bleed
over into the class of 2018? Maybe, but not if Tom Herman has his way, as he takes over the
Texas Longhorns this year.
Eagles currently has 24 offers but recently cut his list to
a more manageable 10 teams and will be focusing his attention on these teams going
forward. The Buckeyes have some stiff competition for Eagles' services as the
Longhorns, LSU, Florida, USC, Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, UCLA and TCU
are all involved. The
Buckeyes will look to land a visit from the versatile 4-star wideout before he
makes a decision.
If you missed it, earlier this week I had a chance to speak
with Dayton Dunbar’s Joseph Scates and his head coach Darran Powell about his
recent decommitment from Michigan State as well as the status of his recruitment.
While Scates has not received an Ohio State offer he says
that if he was to get one that he would have them near the top of his list as
his mother bleeds Scarlet and Gray. Right now Alabama leads for his services as
he recently got back from an amazing visit to Tuscaloosa where Coach Nick Saban
extended an offer his way. With the Crimson Tide being his dream school, a
commitment could be coming, but the question remains will the Tide take his
commitment this early in the process?
Ohio State hosted a couple of in-state prospects this
weekend in 4-star linebacker Xavier Peters and his teammate at Lakota West, defensive tackle Tyler Bentley.
While neither of them hold offers from the Buckeyes, Peters is the most likely
to get one as they recently missed out on 5-star Palaie Gaoteote out of Nevada.
Peters is ranked as the No. 16 outside linebacker in the class of 2018, and is
Ohio’s No. 11 prospect. Kentucky seems to be the other team that has his eye,
as he was set to visit them as well this weekend.
Peters has offers from Penn State, Louisville, Oklahoma,
Oregon and Tennessee among others.
Bentley is a 6-foot-3 295-pound defensive tackle who has 20 Division
I offers. While the Buckeyes haven’t offered it is apparent that he has the
talent to play major college football with offers from the likes of Louisville,
Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Out of State Visitors
A couple of Georgia stars made their way north this past
weekend to take another look at Ohio State's campus and facilities in
Jadon Haselwood and Brenton Cox. Haselwood is a 4-star wide receiver out of
Ellenwood who seems to be down to his home state Georgia Bulldogs and
the Buckeyes. He was scheduled to visit Columbus last week, but instead made a
detour to Tuscaloosa to visit the Crimson Tide. He did make his way up to
Columbus this weekend and it appears that he had a good time.
Haselwood was joined by fellow Georgian and 4-star defensive
end Brenton Cox. Cox has 24 offers to date but right now he is 100% crystal
balled to the Bulldogs. He is ranked as the No. 4 strong-side defensive end in
the class of 2018 and is Georiga’s No. 8 overall prospect. Cox and Haselwood
have both been to Ohio State twice on their own dime, so they are ones to
watch. Per 247Sports, both plan on getting back to Ohio State for the Spring
Game if possible.
A Few More Offers
It was a quieter week on the offer front as the Buckeyes
only put out a few offers to prospects this week.
First, the Buckeyes went back to Texas and offered current
Oklahoma wide receiver commitment Arjei Henderson. Henderson is a 4-star wide
receiver with 22 offers who committed to the Sooners back in February. Henderson
is a class of 2019 prospect, so there is quite a lot of time left in his
recruitment before signing day.
Staying in Texas, they offered 3-star defensive end Joseph
Ossai out of Conroe, Texas. Ossai is ranked as the No. 19 weakside defensive
end and the No. 47 prospect from the state of Texas. Right now he is 100%
crystal balled to the Aggies of Texas A&M.
Finally the Buckeyes offered Isaiah Williams out of St.
Louis, Missouri. While Williams is currently not ranked on the 247Sports
composite rankings, he has 21 offers from most of the Big Ten, as well as Notre
Dame, Oklahoma and Texas. Williams is also a class of 2019 prospect, so again
there is a lot of time before signing day. Right now he is split in his crystal
ball projections between Missouri and Michigan.