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Grant Tisdale playing well, taking recruiting slow
Ohio State is working hard to maintain its quarterback in the 2018 class (we’ve talked about current commit Emory Jones a few times) but the Buckeyes also are turning an eye toward the Class of 2019 and Grant Tisdale, a 4-star prospect from Allen, Texas.
The country’s No. 4-ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class is five games into his varsity career at one of the nation’s most football-crazy high schools. It’s been smooth sailing thus far.
“Things are going good,” Tisdale told Land of 10. “We’re undefeated, so I can’t complain. I’m still working on getting better at reading defenses and coverages and stuff like that, but I’m getting better every week.”
Ohio State has 100 percent of the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball predictions for Tisdale (OK, it’s just 3 predictions) and he says he’s been in regular contact with Ryan Day and Urban Meyer.
“I talk to [quarterbacks coach] Day daily,” he said. “We talk about games and just catching up on things. [Ohio State] is just telling me to keep doing what I’m doing and that they need to get me back up in Columbus.”
Tisdale has been to Ohio State once, this past June, and he plans on making it back sometime in early 2018.
“I am planning on getting back up there during the spring or the summer,” he said. “But I will be back up there for sure.”
Josh Proctor to return to Ohio State?
According to Rivals.com’s Marc Givler, the Buckeyes are in line to see 2018 commit Josh Proctor on an unofficial visit this month.
— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) October 10, 2017
That should alleviate some concerns for Buckeyes fans as the battle to hold on to Proctor (and a host of other commits) rages on. For Proctor, it’s the home-state Oklahoma Sooners that are the threat.
“I’m still solid [to Ohio State],” Proctor told Givler. “[Oklahoma is] after me, but I’m locked in.”
Proctor is planning to return to Ohio State the weekend of Oct. 28 for the huge matchup with Penn State. He visited Oklahoma last weekend, and did so, in his words, to check out what Lincoln Riley is building in Norman.
“I just wanted to see what the new vibe was like there,” Proctor told Land of 10. “I had a pretty good time.”
There is no doubt that his recruitment isn’t finished, but for now, it seems the Buckeyes have calmed the rough waters.
Toledo 2019 lineman Cavon Butler discusses Ohio State visit
Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer 2020 QB Riley Keller visited Ohio State over the weekend and he brought along one of Northwest Ohio’s most intriguing 2019 prospects.
His name is Cavon Butler, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman for the Panthers who is drawing all kinds of college interest of late, though he doesn’t hold any offers.
“[Ohio State] would send me stuff my freshman year and as a sophomore,” Butler told Land of 10. “But this year they’ve contacted me more. I know I have to stay in the books if I want an offer from them. The visit there was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Academic concerns are the primary reason no school has offered Butler yet, and he knows that. On the field, the interest he’s receiving is based on his explosiveness and ability to lay out the quarterback.
“I think they see that I’m a good, respectful kid,” Butler said when asked why he’s drawing attention now. “They like my explosiveness off the ball and the strength I have to maintain my gap. I just love the combination of being a good run stopper and a pass rusher.”
When I watch his highlights, I see a player very similar in style and build to Jashon Cornell, the Buckeyes defensive tackle who at one time was ranked as ESPN.com’s No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2015. Butler isn’t there yet, but he’s got big-time talent and will start to make the rounds on the recruiting trail.
“I have visited Toledo,” he said. “Next weekend I’m going to Notre Dame and then I’ll visit Purdue and Eastern Michigan. I’m also talking a lot to Wake Forest, Georgia, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio.”
Addressing the Trevon Grimes rumors
We usually talk about recruiting only here, but I wanted to address an elephant that made its way into the room earlier on Tuesday.
@UnderwoodSports rumor has it Trevon Grimes is transferring to UM. Have you heard anything on this?
— Anthony Guerra (@bubbaaaa_8) October 10, 2017
As was made public on Monday, Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference was cancelled so that Meyer and a small group of Ohio State emissaries could head out of town to spend time with a player and his family. The nature of the issue isn’t mine to tell, but many people have reasonably presumed that it involved Trevon Grimes, who was not on the sidelines with the Buckeyes last Saturday against Maryland or the week before against Rutgers. His social media timelines have shown him as being home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The last month or so has been a trying time for Grimes, according to sources close to the situation. The wide receiver has started to get back on the field (slowly) after a torn ACL. He’s also dealt with a major hurricane hitting the area close to his home, family issues, and general freshman malaise of homesickness and the challenges faced by any player who is 1,000 miles from home.
It’s a perfect storm kind of thing for a person to go through and certainly could lend credence to the idea that he may end up leaving Ohio State.
However, from what I’ve been able to glean from this situation is that at the time the Ohio State contingent left Florida on Monday, there was a plan in place for Grimes to stay in Florida and be with his family at least through the end of this semester. At that point, he is expected to return to Ohio State. If that changed, or is up for debate, I do not know any details. It could change daily, but that’s where things were.
It’s important in a situation like this to stop thinking about the football team and the roster and that kind of stuff. Respecting a family’s privacy and the things they need to do for each other supersedes any football-related side effects.
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