Football Recruiting

Buckeyes Wrap Up Major Recruiting Weekend

2020 OT Paris Johnson Ohio State Recruiting Buckeyes

The 2018 Spring Game is in the books, and it was a big one for the future of the Ohio State football program.

Friday night, 4-star NJ athlete ‘Rocket’ Ronnie Hickman committed to the Buckeyes.

Hickman is likely to play safety at OSU.

Saturday’s Spring Game gave an impressive group of prospects a chance to see Ohio Stadium in person.

Here are some of the names you should know.

Harry Miller

Harry Miller

Miller, a 4-star center recruit in the 2019 class, was one of two players making his official visit for the Spring Game.

Miller is ranked as the No. 2 center prospect in 2019, and the 53rd-best player in the nation regardless of position.

Miller is a Georgia native, but is widely considered a candidate to commit to the Buckeyes. That could happen as soon as this week.

Garrett Wilson

Wilson was the other player who was on an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

Wilson is a 4-star WR from Lake Travis, Texas, rated as the 46th-best player in the country and the No. 6 wide receiver.

He plans to visit Texas for their spring game next weekend, and will then make his choice.

Ohio State has two things working in their favor. For one, Wilson actually grew up just outside Columbus. And Matthew Baldwin, who was Wilson’s quarterback at Lake Travis last fall, is now a freshman on the OSU team.

Wilson posted a picture with former Buckeye WR Michael Thomas on his Twitter during the visit.

Noah Potter

2019 DE Noah Potter
Noah Potter

Potter is a 4-star defensive end prospect from Mentor, Ohio. That’s the same high school as Ryan Jacoby, a 4-star OL who is already committed to the Buckeyes’ 2019 class.

Potter is the No. 8 player in Ohio for the 2019 class, and rated as the 18th-best strong side defensive end.

He was in on an unofficial visit, but his family is already very familiar with the campus. He is the younger brother of current OSU basketball player Micah Potter.

He is considered an extremely strong OSU lean, and could commit to the Buckeyes at any time.

Paris Johnson

2020 OT Paris Johnson
Paris Johnson

Rated as the best offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player overall in the 2020 class, Johnson is a Cincinnati native.

He made an unofficial visit for the Spring Game.

Johnson is considered by most to be the Buckeyes’ top target for 2020.

He holds offers from pretty much every premier program in the nation.

E.J. Smith

2020 RB EJ Smith Emmitt Smith son
E.J. Smith

Smith is a 4-star running back in the 2020 class from Dallas, Texas.

He is ranked as the 184th-best player in 2020, and the No. 2 all-purpose back.

Ohio State offered him a scholarship back in December.

You may have heard of his father, who was a pretty decent running back in his day as well.

Doug Nester

2019 OT Doug Nester
Doug Nester

A 4-star OT prospect in the class of 2019, Doug Nester has been committed to the Buckeyes since last August. He was the first recruit to join OSU’s 2019 class.

He is a West Virginia native ranked as the No. 57 overall player in his class, and the 8th-best offensive tackle.

He chose the Buckeyes over offers from schools like Alabama and Florida.

Terrell Dawkins

Terrell Dawkins

Dawkins is a 3-star defensive end from North Carolina.

He is ranked as the 1175th-best player in the 2019 class, but based on his recent offers, he’s likely to shoot way up that list soon.

Florida and Tennessee have already offered Dawkins scholarships.

After visiting with the Ohio State coaches this weekend, he added a Buckeye offer as well.

Landon Tengwall

2021 OT Landon Tengwall
Landon Tengwall

Tengwall is an offensive tackle from Maryland in the class of 2021.

He’s still a freshman in high school, but already stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 300 lbs.

Tengwall posted on Twitter that he received an offer from the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Penn State and Miami have also offered him already.


Future Buckeyes

2018 LB Teradja Mitchell
Teradja Mitchell

The Spring Game also provided a chance for some players who have already signed on the dotted line to get a look at the team they’ll be joining in the fall.

A total of 11 scholarship players from the 2018 class were expected to attend the Spring Game.

Among that group were DE Tyreke Smith, DT Taron Vincent, LB Teradja Mitchell, TE Jeremy Ruckert, WR Kamryn Babb, and RB Brian Snead.

LB K’Vaughan Pope, who signed with the Buckeyes as a member of the 2018 class, was there.

His younger brother K’ymon Pope, a 2019 quarterback prospect, also made the trip.