COLUMBUS, Ohio — If a school is going to land one of the nation's top recruits, they'd be well served to get said recruit on campus, and that's exactly what will happen on Wednesday as Ohio State hosts five-star defensive Josh Sweat.
Josh Sweat, the Nation's Top 2015 Defensive End, to Visit OSU on Wednesday
By Tony Gerdeman
As first reported by Scout's Michael Clark, Sweat (6-5 229) will be on campus this week, which means that the Buckeyes are one step closer to being right in the mix.
Sweat plays at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the Ohio State coaches have made quite a few inroads in Virginia over the last few years.
In 2011, it was Curtis Grant, who was the #1 linebacker in the nation. This past February they signed defensive end Jalyn Holmes out of Norfolk. In 2015, the Buckeye coaches have their eyes set on a few Virginians, though Sweat is at the top of the list.
Ranked the #1 defensive end by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports (and #2 by Scout), Sweat has offers from every program that you would expect. Nick Saban and Alabama have offered, LSU has offered, Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Florida State and all the rest are vying for arguably the top player in the nation.
The Buckeyes were expecting Sweat to show up on July 25 for their Friday Night Lights camp, but getting him on campus by himself when they can really work him is a pretty big coup for Urban Meyer and his staff.
Some consider Sweat the most freakish defensive line prospect since Jadeveon Clowney, and for good reason. At 6-foot-5 and 229 pounds, Sweat was timed at 4.59 in the 40 at a Nike Football Training Camp. He also ran the shuttle in 4.09 and had a 35.5" vertical jump.
His SPARQ rating of 128.31 is still the best in the nation for a defensive lineman this year.
As far as the type of player that he is, his explosiveness off of the line is really what separates him from other top prospects. He deluges blockers with his speed, and is growing into his power. His frame will easily allow more weight, so when he does get to a campus in 2015, he will be molded into what you would expect NFL defensive ends to look like.
He finished with 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 22 sacks last season.
Virginia Tech, Florida State and Georgia are all in the mix with the Buckeyes, and they likely will be for a while.
Ohio State already has four-star defensive end Dre'Mont Jones (6-5 250) committed. They recently told three-star defensive end Darius Fullwood that they were moving in a new direction and that they were no longer recruiting him. He is committing on Saturday and was choosing between Ohio State, Duke, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Maryland.
The Buckeyes must feel pretty good about their situation at defensive end to back away from Fullwood, and that good feeling could be attributed to five-star defensive end Jashon Cornell (6-4 260).
Cornell was in Columbus a few weeks ago and the Buckeye coaches put the full-court press on him, and he has apparently responded. He will be back on July 25 and plans to announce on August 28. The Buckeyes are believed to be the team to beat at the moment.
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