Ohio State recruiting: Examining new offers; Buckeyes will see Georgia DB on campus soon


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Ohio State will host 2019 4-star CB for Penn State game

Dacula (Ga.) 4-star defensive back Jalen Perry wanted to visit Ohio State for the Buckeyes’ matchup with Oklahoma in early September, but he was unable to arrange the trip. He now has a firm visit planned.

“I’ll be up there for the Penn State game,” Perry told Land of 10. “I’m extremely excited.”

Ohio State offered the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Perry, the country’s 14th-ranked 2019 cornerback, in May. He’s a Georgia kid, and right now that means a lot in the Peach State as the Bulldogs are building a truly special 2019 class. The odds of Ohio State landing him aren’t high, but the Buckeyes will take their swing in two weeks.

The success Ohio State has had in that state over the years will likely see some increased resistance as Kirby Smart’s program becomes a legitimate SEC threat.

Another potential wide receiver offer in Class of 2018?

The challenge in recruiting Georgia could be one of the reasons why Ohio State has opted to make Tennessee such a priority of late. The Buckeyes have become a major presence on Ol’ Rocky Top at the same time the home-state Volunteers have seen their program sink, which likely is not a coincidence.

The latest Ohio State offer in Tennessee came Wednesday, and this one went directly to a UT commit — 4-star athlete Alontae Taylor.

Taylor, from Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, is the country’s 29th-ranked wide receiver and has been committed to Tennessee for more than a year, verballing to the Volunteers in June 2016.

Like most Tennessee prospects, his Ohio State recruitment has been led by Tony Alford. He was offered a week ago by Notre Dame, and the 6-foot, 182-pound athlete has begun planning visits to a couple of schools, including the pair of recent offers. He plays quarterback for his high school team in a mostly run-oriented role, and that’s just to make sure the team’s most explosive player is handling the ball the majority of the time.

In Ohio State’s plans, you can see Taylor as a potential wide receiver, the position he played at Nike’s The Opening this past summer in Oregon. He told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi in July that he’s trying to get better at wideout, knowing that it’s likely his future.

“A lot of people might doubt me because I played quarterback,” Taylor said. “I’ve probably played two snaps as a receiver in high school in an actual game. A lot of people may doubt me, but I’ve worked on my craft. I’ve worked outside of football practice as a receiver. When we aren’t at practice I work on receiver stuff.”

I do not expect any other school to be able to flip Taylor as long as Tennessee’s coaching staff remains intact. That, however, seems unlikely.

Whatever the root of the offer, it’s clear that Ohio State is on the prowl for another wide receiver in 2018 when you combine that offer with an offer to Chris Olave on Saturday. There is no connection between these offers and the Buckeyes’ feelings about Kamryn Babb, but it’s always good to have contingency plans in place, whether it be as a result of unexpected NFL losses, transfers, or otherwise.

Buckeyes offer another Michigan offensive lineman

Ohio State continued its recruiting assault in Michigan this week, offering East Kentwood (Grand Rapids) 4-star defensive tackle Mazi Smith.

Smith is the No. 4-ranked prospect in Michigan in the Class of 2019 and a teammate of 4-star offensive tackle Logan Brown, the state’s third-ranked player whom the Buckeyes previously offered.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Smith has offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Alabama and is quickly becoming one of the country’s premier talents at defensive tackle. He’s been to Ohio State and is one of many standouts expected back in Columbus for the game against Penn State on Oct. 28.

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