The Ohio State football team is back on the practice field this week, following spring break. It’s an important time for the 2019 Buckeyes to develop their games and start filling holes left by graduating players.
But this weekend will also be a crucial one for the 2020, 2021, 2022 OSU football teams and beyond.
Ryan Day and his staff are hosting some of the nation’s top prospects in the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes. It’s a chance to show them what life is like on campus, and watch a practice.
It’s also a pretty good indication which recruits are really interested in being Buckeyes. Everyone traveling to Columbus this weekend is doing it as an unofficial visit. That means they’re paying for their own trips.
Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest names who will be on campus either this weekend, or earlier in the week.
5-star WR Julian Fleming (2020)
Fleming is ranked as the top wide receiver in the entire 2020 class. He has made multiple trips to Columbus already. Another visit is good news for the Buckeyes’ chances of landing him.
You can read more about Julian Fleming and his upcoming visit here.
4-star DB Lejond Cavazos (2020)
Cavazos was verbally committed to Ohio State for several months last year. He opened his recruitment back up when Urban Meyer announced his retirement.
He’s listed as a safety on recruiting sites, but could start his college career as a cornerback instead.
Getting him back in the class is a top priority for the Buckeyes’ staff.
The growing consensus is that Cavazos is likely going to end up a Buckeye commit again – possibly soon.
And if you want to read anything into something Fleming tweeted this week, that could be a doubly-big win.
Future roommate 🅾️ https://t.co/xhHbcbDj5Y
— 🃏0J4🃏 (@julian_040) March 17, 2019
4-star RB/LB DeaMonte Trayanum (2020)
Not all of the action is limited to the weekend. One of the top in-state prospects for 2020 is visiting OSU on Tuesday.
DeaMonte Trayanum plays on both sides of the ball for Bishop Hoban High School in Akron, but will likely start his college career as a running back.
He seems likely to end up a Buckeye at some point, quite possibly soon.
— DeaMonte Trayanum (@Chipperrz_) March 19, 2019
4-star OC Reece Atteberry (2020)
Atteberry is making the trip all the way from Colorado this weekend, which is a good indication how seriously he is considering the Buckeyes.
He just listed OSU as one of his top-5, and his Crystal Ball also reads 100 percent Ohio State, which is another good sign for Day and his staff.
Atteberry has also said, “It has been a dream of mine to be a Buckeye since I was little.”
He has already made multiple trips to Columbus, including one last fall, which he called “amazing.”
Along with all the other indications, a second unofficial visit just five months later is a significant sign.
— Reece Atteberry (@atteberry5573) October 11, 2018
4-star CB Henry Gray (2020)
Gray is ranked the No. 6 prospect in the nation at what might be the most crucial position for the Buckeyes’ 2020 recruiting class.
A former Miami commit, Gray is still considering the Hurricanes, along with Clemson. He holds offers from Georgia, Florida, and Florida State as well.
Family reunion😅💯 https://t.co/3pVzmvd9Jf
— Goated🐐🤯 (@D1bound_zay2121) March 18, 2019
3-star ATH Cameron Martinez (2020)
Martinez was the Michigan Player of the Year in 2018 as a junior.
He plays quarterback, but is most dangerous on the ground. He finished last year with 2,316 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns on just 222 carries. That works out to 10.4 yards per carry.
Martinez could fit in several different spots with the Buckeyes, including as an ‘H’ receiver.
OSU, Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, and Michigan State are all in the running for his commitment.
Possibly MSU🔋Friday, ⭕️SU Saturday, U〽️ Sunday!
— Cameron Martinez (@CM240) March 18, 2019
4-star ATH Emeka Egbuka (2021)
Recruiting services are only starting to roll out their 2021 rankings, but Egbuka is impressive enough to have earned one already.
He holds offers from most national powers, including OSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, and Washington.
— Emeka ‘21 🃏 (@emeka_egbuka) March 18, 2019
4-star WR Beaux Collins (2021)
Collins is from Bellflower, California. That’s the same town that produced current OSU offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, and the Buckeyes would love to continue to build that pipeline.
He’s already ranked as the 10th-best receiver in the 2021 class. Collins is visiting several other midwestern schools this week along with a handful of teammates, including 2020 3-star LB Kourt Williams.
They stopped at Penn State on Tuesday.
— Bo ✞| ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@beaux_collins) March 19, 2019
DT Elliot Donald (2021)
Donald is not yet ranked by any recruiting services, but has 5-star bloodlines. He is the nephew of Los Angeles Rams star DT Aaron Donald.
His offer list includes OSU, Michigan, Penn State, and Notre Dame, which suggests that he’s probably going to get that recruiting ranking soon.
Ohio State this weekend!!!⭕️
— Elliot Donald (@ElliotDonald3) March 17, 2019
QB J.J. McCarthy (2021)
McCarthy is one of the Buckeyes’ top quarterback targets for 2021.
He’s also considering Michigan, Wisconsin, and Northwestern, and recently made a trip to Texas for a recruiting event there.
McCarthy doesn’t have a ranking yet from any major recruiting service, but was recently rated as the top QB in the 2021 class by College Football Today.
Coach @scout_trout deemed the intro to the Class of 2021 Top QB Recruits the "Filthy Fifteen" at College Football Today. We asked him why? He said, these guys do the defense dirty early and often, and all season long. #CFBrecruiting https://t.co/SScZIviyg6 pic.twitter.com/Torpy7xrBm
— College Football Today (@CollegeFBToday) March 16, 2019
DE Travion Ford (2021)
Ford is another thusfar unranked 2021 player whose offers suggest he’ll be ranked soon.
Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, and Oklahoma are all pursuing Ford.
— Travion Ford ® 🏈#6 (@Tre_Got_Skills) March 19, 2019
QB Jeffrey Beverly (2022)
Beverly is a Central Ohio prospect from Franklin Heights. And yes, he’s really a 2022 recruit.
He does not yet hold an offer from Ohio State, but has two more seasons of high school ball to earn one.
— Jeffery Beverly (@JefferyBeverly4) March 19, 2019