Monday Recruiting Rundown — May 26
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of Ohio State's top two tight end targets came off the board when four-star Hale Hentges out of Missouri committed to Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night.
The other tight end on OSU's wish list is Chris Clark out of Connecticut, but he is currently trending Michigan's way. The Buckeyes have only offered five tight ends, and they aren't likely to land any of the five.
Miles Boykin, a big receiver out of Illinois that some schools are recruiting as a tight end will be releasing his top 10 on Monday. The Buckeyes are looking at him as a receiver, and it's doubtful they would change that story right now.
New offers will likely have to go out, with some of that perhaps happening at the OSU summer camps in the coming months.
If Ohio State doesn't sign a tight end in 2015, they will be playing the season with redshirt senior Nick Vannett and redshirt sophomore Marcus Baugh. There could be position switches in the works, perhaps in the form of 6-foot-5 220-pound receiver Jeff Greene, who will be a redshirt senior.
Urban Meyer has already mentioned in the past that incoming receiver Noah Brown (6-2 225) could be used in a pinch as a flex tight end if need be. Brown's versatility could find him at any skill position on the offense in "pinches", save for quarterback.
There is also 2014 linebacker signee Sam Hubbard (6-6 230), who is likely projected to play the Sam linebacker spot for the Buckeyes. It just so happens that the two players who played there this spring -- Darron Lee and Chris Worley -- were very good, and since both are redshirt freshmen, there may not be a need for a third freshman at the position right now.
Ohio high school football scout John McCallister told me when Hubbard committed to the Buckeyes in April of last year that he thought Hubbard could be special on offense. Keep in mind, Hubbard played safety in high school and was committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse, so he has superb maneuverability.
While 2015 has proven to be a work in progress, the Buckeyes are in pretty good position with 2016 tight end Jake Hausmann (6-5 235) from Cincinnati Moeller. Hausmann will likely be one of the top tight end prospects in the nation, and most have him leaning to Ohio State right now.
A New Cornerback on the Market...for Now
Four-star cornerback Shaun Crawford (5-10 170) out of Lakewood St. Ed's decommitted from Michigan late last week, coinciding with a decision to visit Notre Dame.
The Buckeyes offered Crawford a while back, and he is scheduled to visit Ohio State this coming weekend, but the Irish are the team to beat here.
Ohio State generally wants to bring in two cornerbacks every year, and with one already on the board, they can afford to take a little bit of time finding the second. Right now, four-star prospect Jordan Whitehead (6-0 180) out of Monaca, Pennsylvania is one to keep an eye on.
Last week the Buckeyes also offered Davante Davis, a 6-foot-3 cornerback out of Booker T. Washington High School in Homestead, Florida.
Davis is a three-star prospect committed to Syracuse, but that is all about to change as he has received offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Miami (FL), Wisconsin and Georgia in the last week, with the Buckeyes offering first in that group.
He plans to take all of his official visits. If he ends up at Syracuse, you could consider it a major surprise.
Dipping Back Into Detroit
The Buckeyes became the first school to offer 2016 defensive tackle Michael Onwenu (6-2, 310) out of Detroit Cass Tech last week. Cass Tech is where 2014 OSU cornerback signee Damon Webb also went to school, so OSU is becoming a bit of a fixture around those parts.
Onwenu told 247Sports that his favorite schools right now are Tennessee, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Onwenu wasn't the only Cass Tech youngster to get his first offer from the Buckeyes lately, as 2017 receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (6-1, 170) was offered about 10 days ago.
The offer certainly made an impact on the freshman.
"I like their tradition of winning," he told 247Sports. "I also know that they’re my home state school's greatest rival. One of the best rivalries in college football."
2017 linebacker Josh Ross (6-0 194) out of Orchard Lake St. Mary's was also offered last week. He is already holding offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma. He is the brother of current Wolverine linebacker James Ross, so that should give you a bit of an idea about his possible leanings.
Nation's Top 2016 Receiver Has OSU on Top
Earlier in the week 247Sports reported that 2016 receiver Nate Craig (6-3 205) from Tampa Catholic had named Ohio State as his leader. Craig is rated a five-star prospect and the #1 receiver overall by Scout. But that is not a consensus ranking, as 247Sports has him as the #19 receiver.
If you were to look at his offers, however, you would see a five-star offer sheet. Along with the Buckeyes, he has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan.
He does want to make visits this summer, including one to Columbus. Buckeye fans shouldn't get too excited about being the "favorite", because exactly a month prior to naming Ohio State his leader, he did the same with Auburn.
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