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5-Star Linebacker Mekhail Sherman Names Ohio State A Finalist

Ohio State football recruiting Mekhail Sherman

The race for 5-star linebacker prospect Mekhail Sherman is down to two teams, and Ohio State is one of them.

The 2020 prospect just visited Columbus over the weekend.

Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted out, “It’s between Ohio State & Georgia.”

Sherman plays for St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He’s ranked as the No. 11 player in the 2020 class overall, and the second-best outside linebacker.

He holds offers from virtually every major national power, including Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU, and Florida.

At one time, Sherman was considered a strong Ohio State lean, but the Bulldogs have come on hard in the race for his services.

Sherman visited OSU for the Michigan game last fall, but made multiple trips to Athens this spring before returning to Columbus last weekend.

Urban Meyer’s retirement and the significant turnover on Ohio State’s defensive coaching staff following the Rose Bowl likely played a role in the Buckeyes losing ground to the Bulldogs.

His Crystal Ball on 247 Sports currently reads 91 percent for UGA and only nine percent for the Buckeyes.

Sherman is part of a talented trio of top-100 players on his high school team. At one time, OSU seemed to be in good shape to land all three of them. But wide receiver Rakim Jarrett is now committed to LSU, and DT Tre Williams is committed to Clemson.

Sherman’s highlight reel (below) shows him utilizing a great combination of strength and speed to get off blocks and into opposing backfields. He has played both defensive end and outside linebacker at the high school level, and at 6-foot-3 and 234 lbs., he could fit at either spot in college.

Sherman has not announced a decision date, but he has already taken his official visit to Columbus.

Keep an eye on his travel plans. If Sherman makes another trip to OSU in the coming weeks or months, it would be an encouraging sign for the Buckeyes. But until that happens, Georgia is likely the favorite to win his commitment.

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  1. Sherman is all Georgia. His mom wants him to go there and she didn’t even accompany him on his official visit to OSU.

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