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Football Recruiting
Mid-Week Recruiting Update — March 20
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — This appears to be the busiest week of unofficial visits for Ohio State this spring, even more so than the guest list for the Spring Game.

There are upward of two dozen visits scheduled by 2015 and 2016 prospects from all over the nation. One visit that was scheduled for early this week, however, didn't happen. Demetris Robertson (6-1 165), a superb athlete out of Georgia, had to postpone his visit and will reschedule.

Three-star quarterback Tommy Stevens (6-4 200) out of Indianapolis, Indiana did make his scheduled visit, and things went well. Ohio State has yet to offer Stevens.

Westerville (OH) offensive lineman Rob Dowdy (6-6 280) also visited Ohio State on Tuesday. He is ranked a four-star prospect per 247Sports and the #28 offensive tackle in the 2015 class. He has offers from the likes of Michigan State, Miami (FL) and Arkansas, but does not yet have an offer from Ohio State.

On Wednesday three-star receiver Jalen Guyton (6-0 180) made an unofficial visit and looks like he enjoyed his time on campus.

Guyton is from Allen, Texas and has an Ohio State offer. He also has offers from Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Clemson, Baylor, Oklahoma and Stanford.

On Thursday the Buckeyes are scheduled to host a trio of prospects, with the most notable being four-star linebacker Josh Barajas (6-3 210) out of Merrillville, Indiana. 247Sports ranks him the #2 inside linebacker in the 2015 class.

Barajas does not yet have an Ohio State offer, but that could certainly change on his visit. Notre Dame is his current leader, and they have offered. He also has offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon and Tennessee.

Liam McCullough (6-2 205), the nation's #1 long snapper, will also be on campus Thursday as well. He is from Columbus, Ohio and the Buckeyes are the overwhelming favorite here. They offered last month.

The third Thursday visitor scheduled at the moment is Drake Jackson (6-2 285), an interior offensive line prospect out of Versailles, Kentucky. He is a 2016 prospect and does not yet have an Ohio State offer. He does have offers from Kentucky and Vanderbilt, however.

The weekend then gets kicked off with a Friday visit from Cleveland Benedictine star Jerome Baker (6-1 205). Baker is a high four-star prospect who could end up at running back or linebacker. The Buckeyes are the favorite here, but it would be a bit of a surprise if he pulled the trigger and committed at this point.

Four-star Tennessee wide receiver Van Jefferson (6-2 175) will also be visiting this weekend. He has offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. The Buckeyes are definitely one to watch here.

Brian Cole (6-2 190), out of Saginaw, Michigan, is the #1 athlete in the nation per 247Sports and he will be visiting Columbus this weekend as well. This is expected to be an in-state battle, but the Buckeyes went in last year and got one of the top players in the state of Michigan in Damon Webb, so they do have experience in this regard.

An interesting prospect to watch for will be 2016 receiver Steven Smothers (5-9 152), who is exceptionally quick and fast. He is from Reisterstown, Maryland and has an Ohio State offer, as well as offers from Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. He already has the Buckeyes in his top five.

There are many other visitors planning on being on campus this weekend as well. It would not be a surprise for the Buckeyes to receive a commitment over the next week.

Two Playmakers Off the Board
Tight end Chris Clark (6-6 247) was supposed to be one of OSU's visitors this week, but he surprised everybody by committing to North Carolina. That visit is now understandably off.

With Clark off the board, expect Ohio State to work even harder on Missouri tight end Hale Hentges (6-4 230). Hentges is the #3 tight end in the nation per 247Sports and has offers from OSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and everybody else.

New Jersey receiver Juwan Johnson (6-4 200) committed to Penn State on Sunday. He was one of the many taller receivers the Buckeyes had been targeting.

There are still other bigger receivers out there, but Ohio State will have to make up ground if they want to land a top target.

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