Next weekend will be the biggest weekend of the early official visit calendar, but this week is no slouch for the Buckeyes as they are hosting upwards of 10 blue chippers on official visits in the next couple of days.
Ohio State is currently sitting at 11 commitments in the 2020 recruiting class, with at least that many more to come over the next eight months or so.
The next two weekends will also start to shake out some key defensive targets for the Buckeyes, who only have one defensive commitment (4-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos) at the moment. Cavazos could have company by the end of the month, however.
The headliner of the weekend is 5-star running back Bijan Robinson (Salpoint Catholic/Tucson, AZ), who is ranked the No. 4 player at his position in the 247Sports Composite and the No. 22 player overall. Ohio State has been in the mix here for a while.
Robinson also holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Texas, UCLA, Michigan, and many others.
As a junior last season, Robinson averaged 14.1 yards per carry, rushing for 2,400 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Only four Crystal Ball guesses have been made.
Buckeye commitment Luke Wypler will also be on campus this weekend.
Wypler (6-4 285) committed to Ohio State 11 months ago. He is ranked the No. 1 center in the nation and the No. 61 player overall.
Houston, Texas (Cy Ridge HS) defensive tackle Vernon Broughton arrived in Columbus early Friday morning for his official visit.
Broughton is the No. 6 defensive tackle and the No. 71 player overall. He has already taken three official visits — one to Texas, one to LSU, and the other to Arkansas. His final visit is scheduled to be next weekend at Texas A&M.
A source has advised The-Ozone not to expect Broughton to leave the state for college. Perhaps that will change following this weekend’s official visit.
Broughton won’t be the only defensive tackle on campus, however. Charlotte (Providence Day School) prospect Jacolbe Cowan will also be making an official visit.
Cowan (6-5 277) is the No. 12 player at this position in the class and the No. 153 player overall.
Cowan holds offers from OSU, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, and the rest. He visited Ohio State last fall for the Michigan game.
Rivals ranks Cowan as the No. 5 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 88 player in the 2020 class.
No projections on his eventual school of choice have been made.
Four-star Baltimore (St. Frances Academy) running back Blake Corum will be making a key visit to Ohio State this weekend.
Offered by Toledo and Rutgers three years ago, Corum (5-9 180) has seen his recruiting grow each year. He is now ranked the No. 17 running back in the class and the No. 201 player overall. Rivals has him as the No. 11 back in the nation.
Corum has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.44 seconds. He holds offers from Ohio State, LSU, Penn State, USC, Wisconsin, Georgia, and many others.
Following his official visit to Ohio State this weekend, he will be at Michigan next weekend. The Wolverines are currently the Crystal Ball favorites with five projections cast.
Norfolk, Virginia wide receiver KeAndre Lambert is also scheduled to be taking an official visit to OSU this weekend.
Lambert is the No. 38 receiver in the nation and holds offers from the likes of Clemson, Penn State, Texas A&M, and Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are still looking for at least one more receiver in this class. Lambert is coming off of an official visit to Penn State last weekend.
Ohio State also doesn’t appear finished on the offensive line despite having five linemen committed so far.
Aurora, Colorado (Eaglecrest HS) lineman Reece Atteberry will be making the visit to Columbus this weekend. It will not be his first trip to OSU, as he visited back in March as well.
Atteberry (6-5 280) is the No. 8 center in the class and it appears that this will come down to an Ohio State – Notre Dame battle. He will visit the Irish next weekend.
With seven Crystal Balls cast, the Buckeyes are currently the slight favorites.
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Ohio State is back once again at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York, which is where former Buckeye Curtis Samuel and current Buckeye center Matthew Jones played.
This time around, Ohio State is after 3-star safety-linebacker William Mohan, who visits OSU this weekend.
Ranked the No. 27 “athlete” in the class and the No. 417 player overall by the 247Sports Composite, Michigan is currently the Crystal Ball leader with six projections all pointing Blue at the moment.
Michigan sees Mohan as a Viper, which is the same hybrid position that Ohio State calls the Bullet.
At 6-foot-0 and 183 pounds, he is more safety than linebacker right now, but a 4.78 40-yard dash back in April could seem to indicate linebacker.
Mohan will be at Michigan next weekend for an official visit.
Three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton (Olney, MD / Good Counsel) will be continuing a busy June which has seen him visit Notre Dame last week, OSU this weekend, and then Michigan next weekend.
Melton (6-3 235) is the No. 44 outside linebacker in the 2020 class and holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, and others.
There will also be a Buckeye legacy on campus, as Pickerington Central defensive end Ty Hamilton will be making an official visit. Hamilton is the brother of OSU fifth-year senior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton.
The younger Hamilton (6-3 250) is ranked the No. 30 player in the state and the No. 46 strongside defensive end in the nation.
Hamilton visited Penn State last week and will take an official visit to Michigan next weekend. He also holds offers from Indiana, Bowling Green, Michigan State, Kentucky, Pitt, and others.