Ohio State recruiting: How Michigan offer could affect Jayson Oweh; Woodi Washington to return to Columbus soon

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Jayson Oweh adds Michigan offer, will take official visit to Ann Arbor

The already interesting battle for 4-star defensive end Jayson Oweh took another turn on Wednesday night. Michigan threw its hat into the ring for the nation’s No. 7-ranked strongside defensive end.

With the Wolverines getting into the mix, things could get confusing from here. This has been, without question, a two-team race between Ohio State and Penn State, but Oweh said Michigan is a school capable of muddying the picture.

“This is a huge offer for me,” Oweh told Land of 10 in a text message. “They’re both academically and athletically strong. This is definitely a game changer. My parents are excited about the offer as well. We will definitely be utilizing one of our official visits on Michigan.”

Oweh has taken his official visit to Ohio State already, but is still planning on taking visits to Penn State, Florida and now, Michigan. He’s also visited Penn State unofficially this season. The Buckeyes are working hard to try to get him back to campus in an unofficial capacity to try to limit what appears to be a loss of momentum in their recruitment of the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Oweh.

“They have been trying to work something out with me,” Oweh said of an unofficial visit. “But mostly I’m not going to be able to during the season. Maybe after if there’s time.”

Though they’re late to the party with their offer, Michigan is big in New Jersey – linebacker coach Chris Partridge hails from there – and have had excellent success recruiting the state in recent years.

Get your popcorn ready for the next twist in this saga. Jan. 4 – decision day for Oweh – is just around the corner.

Top 2020 CB still hopes to visit Ohio State soon

The Buckeyes are hoping that having a commitment from Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.) standout linebacker Teradja Mitchell will, at the very least, open the door for them as they pursue his 2020 teammate, cornerback Sheridan Jones.

Jones, the country’s top-ranked sophomore cornerback, has an offer from Ohio State but has not yet been able to get to Columbus for a game. He says he’ll do that at some point with Mitchell, but not in two weeks when the Buckeyes host Penn State.

“I’ve not been able to talk to them recently,” Jones said of the Buckeyes, understanding that NCAA contact rules prohibit them from reaching out to 2020 prospects whenever they’d like. “It’s not been finalized yet, but I’m trying to visit soon. After the season, me and Teradja will come up together.”

Jones has been able to catch some of Ohio State’s season on TV, and so far he’s impressed with what he’s seen, he said.

“I like how they put their defensive backs in the mix to make plays all around the field,” he said of the Buckeyes. “How they apply pressure to the quarterback so the defense can get turnovers as a whole.”

The first college visit of the season is coming soon, though, for Jones — to Penn State. The Nittany Lions offered him on Tuesday.

“It always means a lot,” Jones said of the Penn State offer. “Just to know a school is interested in you. My first time there will be next week. My receivers coach is driving me up there, and I can see what they’re all about.

“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere of the game, the coaches and players. Just to see how they are.”

Tennessee standout will return to Ohio State for Penn State game

The Buckeyes will host Oakland (Tenn.) 4-star cornerback Woodi Washington for the second time in October when he returns to campus on Oct. 28 for the season’s biggest home game against Penn State.

“I’m going to that game with Lance Wilhoite,” Washington told Land of 10 on Thursday. “The last trip [for the Maryland game] was great. I’ve been to South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee and it’s probably been the best [visit] so far.

“The way the coaches coached, the intensity of the players and the way that they took care of their recruits.”

Ohio State offered Washington just days before his first visit, and he said that this next trip is just to keep building relationships. He and the Buckeyes had been in contact only a short while before they pulled the trigger on that offer.

“I had only been talking with them about a week or so,” he said of the offer, then of Urban Meyer. “It was great to get to know [Urban Meyer] a bit. He’s funny…a very cool person.”

New safety offer in Class of 2019 

It’s been a few years since Ohio State recruited the state of Massachusetts, but on Wednesday they offered Lewis Cine, a 4-star safety from Everett High School.

Cine is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound missile in the defensive backfield, as is evidenced on his highlight film.

The offer from Ohio State is his 22nd, putting Ohio State in league with Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and others.

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