Morning Conversational: What’s Next for Ohio State Recruiting on Offense?
A week or so ago, we did this same topic and given how fluid things are right now someone suggested that we do it every week. It may not be necessary each week, but there is certainly a rationalization for it at the moment.
With The Opening Finals finally going on this weekend and continuing for another day or so in Dallas, prospects are talking to prospects and information is being attained. Leans are being measured and Crystal Balls and FutureCasts are being made.
Both sides of the ball are moving in Ohio State recruiting right now, but today we’ll stick to offense because there are enough names here to justify the focus.
Last week, 5-star Arizona running back Bijan Robinson (6-0 200) was a topic of discussion and he will continue to be a topic of discussion until his commitment, which could be coming later this month. Robinson is essentially down to Ohio State, USC, and Texas.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball only has six projections for Robinson, who is the No. 4 running back in the 2020 Composite. Ohio State only has arrow pointing their way. The Rivals FutureCast projections, however, have seven ballots cast and six of them are for the Buckeyes. This includes a West Coast analyst who is familiar with the area, and also a publisher who covers Oklahoma.
Right now, the Buckeyes are the team to beat for Robinson.
They also appear to be in the driver’s seat for two other talented playmakers as well.
Florida running back Jaylan Knighton (5-9 185) is the No. 3 all-purpose back in the Composite and the No. 108 player overall. He took his official visit to Ohio State the weekend of June 21 with a lot of other top prospects.
In April of 2018, Knighton committed to the University of Oklahoma, but decommitted this past January. He also holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Florida State, and dozens of others.
Rivals only has six FutureCasts, with four to Florida State, one to Clemson, and one to Ohio State. It should be noted that the most recent came yesterday and it was for the Buckeyes. The 247 Crystal Ball is trending similarly. Currently, the Buckeyes are at 29% behind Florida State’s 36%, but four picks have come in in the last 24 hours and they are all for Ohio State.
The third playmaker trending Ohio State’s way is St. Louis slot receiver Mookie Cooper.
Cooper (5-9 193) is the No. 11 receiver in the nation per the 247Sports Composite and the No. 64 player overall. Rivals has him as their No. 2 athlete and the No. 55 player overall.
Cooper is essentially down to Ohio State and Illinois. He has a former coach who is now on the Illini staff, so the familiarity and location is a draw.
One of the draws for Ohio State is the fact that they already have a ridiculous receiver class with Julian Fleming, Gee Scott, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Cooper could join this group and give the Buckeyes a receiver class that would feature four Top 100 players.
The last six Crystal Ball projections made have come in for Ohio State, and the last eight FutureCasts are pointing at the Buckeyes — including two picks flipping from Illinois. Both Cooper and Knighton could be announcing a commitment later this month.
A fourth name to know right now is 3-star Indiana offensive lineman Josh Fryar.
Fryar (6-6 305) is the No. 8 center in the 2020 class and the No. 415 player overall. His projections are overwhelmingly pointed in the direction of Ohio State. Fryar also holds offers from Penn State, Alabama, Oregon, and others.
Big Announcement coming July 4‼️
— Josh Fryar (@joshfryar2) July 1, 2019
The expectation here is that Fryar will become the sixth offensive lineman in Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class.
Three-star Cincinnati tight end Joe Royer could be making a decision at any moment and with the numbers at the other positions for the Buckeyes, he may end up being the only tight end Ohio State takes in 2020 should he choose to commit.