Recruiting never sleeps at Ohio State and this weekend is further proof of that. The Buckeyes will be hosting a number of the nation’s top 2020 recruits for unofficial visits, including 5-star prospects Elias Ricks and Mekhail Sherman.
Ricks (6-2 180) is out of Santa Ana, California and is the No. 18 prospect in the nation and the No. 2 cornerback in the class according to the 247Sports Composite. Currently, the Buckeyes own just one of his Crystal Ball predictions, while USC holds the other nine. He is planning to be on campus Saturday.
Ohio State is also recruiting a number of other top cornerbacks in the 2020 class, including Kelee Ringo (No. 1), Fred Davis (No. 4), R.J. Mickens (No. 5), and Miles Brooks (No. 16). Brooks and Mickens have both already been on campus.
The other 5-star prospect at OSU this weekend — Mekhail Sherman (6-3 234) — is the No. 2 outside linebacker in the class and the No. 17 player overall. He attends St. John’s College High School in Washington DC. He is the teammate of a pair of other Buckeye targets in defensive tackle Tre Williams and wide receiver Rakim Jarrett.
Jarrett (6-0 182) will be on campus as well. He is the No. 9 receiver in the nation and the No. 45 player overall. All 10 predictions on his Crystal Ball have picked him to end up at Ohio State.
The firing of former OSU receivers coach Zach Smith will not negatively impact the Buckeyes where Jarrett is concerned.
Ohio State is also hosting a pair of 2020 Michigan wide receivers in Rashawn Williams and Devell Washington. Williams (6-1 185) is the No. 21 receiver in the nation per the 247Sports Composite. Rivals ranks him as their No. 4 receiver and No. 23 player overall. Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State are his biggest offers to date.
Washington (6-4 200) earned an Ohio State offer during camp season. He is ranked the No. 80 receiver in the nation, but the Buckeye coaches liked him just fine when they worked him out.
Hosting all three receivers will give the Buckeyes an opportunity to get interim receivers coach Brian Hartline face to face with players he would love to end up coaching in two years.
Also visiting on Friday is Ohio’s No. 4 player, DeaMonte Trayanum, a 4-star outside linebacker from Akron Hoban. Trayanum (5-11 215) is an undersized linebacker (No. 15 OLB), but already holds on Ohio State offer. He is scheduled to visit Clemson following his OSU visit. Last season he finished with 150 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks. He is also a talented running back.
According to 247Sports, there is also another talented linebacker/running back visiting this weekend in Milton Academy’s (Boston, MA) Kalel Mullings. Mullings (6-2 215) is the No. 3 outside linebacker in the 2020 class and the No. 48 player overall. He is in the middle of a Midwest swing right now. With seven predictions in, Michigan is holding 86% of his Crystal Ball projections.
The Buckeyes already have six players committed in the 2020 recruiting class, including three Top 100 players. They have the No. 2 class in the nation at this point, but don’t be surprised if there is movement here in the next few days.