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No school recruits this 5-star prospect harder than Ohio State
Ohio State offered 5-star tackle Devontae Dobbs way back in July 2016, the summer after his freshman season, while he was on campus to compete in a Friday Night Lights camp. He’s been on the Buckeyes radar since before that point and he likely won’t go away any time soon. Ohio State continues to aggressively pursue the prospect from Belleville (Mich.) High rated by the 247Sports composite the No. 1 tackle, No. 1 prospect in Michigan and No. 9 player overall in the Class of 2019.
Although Michigan State is widely considered the favorite for Dobbs, that hasn’t stopped programs such as Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Penn State and Michigan from backing off. Jeff Sentell, a Georgia recruiting reporter at Land of 10 affiliate DawgNation, caught up with Dobbs recently to discuss his recruitment, one of the most hotly contested ones in the country.
Sentell dropped a number of interesting nuggets in the article, not least of which is that Dobbs feels that Ohio State is recruiting him harder than any other program.
The schools that are in close contact with Dobbs include Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. He said that those schools are contacting him “all the time,” adding location won’t factor into his choice.
Ohio State texts him every day, he said, and have been the most steadfast in their pursuit with contact from offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and coach Urban Meyer. Recently departed defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs visited his school a couple of times. …
“I want to make [my school choice] before the first game of the season,” said Dobbs, who said he also will work to enroll early in January 2019. He said he hopes to be ready to commit to a school by then but probably will wait a few weeks to announce the choice.
Although the interview was conducted prior to Coombs’ departure from Ohio State, it’s still indicative of the Buckeyes’ very aggressive pursuit of Dobbs. The article is worth a read in its entirety, as Dobbs discusses his interest in several other programs, his childhood dream schools, and the rather unique career path he hopes to take after football is over.
Ohio State makes top 3 for Florida linebacker
Ohio State is always actively involved at Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, the South Florida powerhouse program that sent the Bosa brothers, Damon Arnette, and Trevon Grimes to the Buckeyes in recent recruiting classes. Those efforts now include the Buckeyes’ pursuit of star 2020 linebacker Derek Wingo, one of the few prospects to hold an Ohio State offer in his class.
Wingo is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound standout who has the chance to collect nearly every elite offer in the country — and he already has many of them under his belt with more than a dozen offers and counting before the end of his sophomore year of high school. He spoke with Rivals.com analyst Chad Simmons for an article published Wednesday, in which he named Ohio State in his top three alongside Oklahoma and Georgia.
“Ohio State is a program with so much stability and I like that,” Wingo told Simmons. “Seeing how they just put their players into the NFL really stands out to me too. They take high schools guys to the next level and coach them, train them and make them so much better.”
Ohio State will have to contend with many other programs, and making the top 3 for a sophomore in Florida is hardly a guarantee of a real chance to land the prospect. Still, Meyer and his coaching staff will be actively engaged and in pursuit of Wingo and other elite prospects in the region for the foreseeable future. Wingo is a player who bears watching as his career continues.
Ohio State in the mix for elite Texas receiver
Wide receiver Jordan Whittington, a 2019 prospect from Cuero (Texas) Whittington with a 4-star rating from the 247Sports composite, holds Ohio State in rather high regard. Whittington holds nearly 30 offers to date and is ranked country’s No. 4 wide receiver, the No. 4 player in Texas, and the No. 32 overall prospect in his class. And on Monday, he listed seven schools in a tweet, and the Buckeyes were on there.
4sUp, GigEm, HookEm, ChompChomp, Zone6, Boomer Sooner, GoDucks.
— Jordan Whittington (@J_Whitt3) February 13, 2018
While Whittington did not call the list a top 7, it certainly appears that what it could be. The full list, in order of the phrases/taglines in his tweet, are UCLA, Texas A&M, Texas, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon. Few players in the class are “takes” right now for Ohio State, but Whittington belongs in that category. He’ll be a difficult pull out of Texas, but Whittington is worth pursuing for the Buckeyes.
2021 Georgia star has interest in Ohio State
A grand total of four players in the country’s 2021 recruiting class have earned offers from Ohio State to date. It’s an incredibly brief list, and it includes only elite prospects from the most highly recruited states in the country. Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County offensive lineman Micah Morris is a part of that exclusive quartet, holding an offer list that also includes Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
It’s far too early to put any real stock or attention in Ohio State’s efforts to recruit freshmen and there’s no telling where Morris’ recruitment could head in the next three years. But it’s clear that his future is bright. With that kind of offer list, physical size (6-5, 270 pounds as a freshman) and athleticism, it would be shocking to see Morris become anything except an elite player.
Morris spoke with Rivals.com analyst Chad Simmons in a recent interview and while the young lineman didn’t have any direct quotes on the Buckeyes, Simmons did share an intriguing tidbit from his conversation with Morris.
“Being a top offensive lineman, Morris keeps an eye on the play in the trenches,” Simmons wrote. “His favorite player is Orlando Pace, a former Buckeye. Ezekiel Elliot is another former Ohio State star that Morris likes. He said [their] ‘style of play’ and how they play at a ‘fast pace’ stand out to him when he watches the Buckeyes on TV.”
New Buckeye offers out in 2020 class
Ohio State recently issued two new offers in the burgeoning 2020 recruiting class, to two of the more intriguing young players in the class.
The Buckeyes made a very rare recruiting attempt in Washington, offering sophomore offensive guard Geirean Hatchett. Hatchett is just the second prospect from Washington to receive an offer from the Buckeyes since the 2009 recruiting class. The 6-5, 265-pound guard is a mauler and Ohio State now joins an offer list that also includes Washington, Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.
— Geirean (@GeireanHatchett) February 13, 2018
Joining Hatchett with an offer is running back Lawrence Toafili, a Largo (Fla.) Pinellas Park prospect. Toafili has also landed offers from an impressive list of programs — Florida State, Florida, Nebraska, Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and other standouts. The 5-10, 169-pound back took to Twitter to announce the news Sunday.
— Lawrance Toafili (@LToafili_3) February 12, 2018
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