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Georgia safety lands Ohio State offer
Atlanta (Ga.) Marist School junior safety Kyle Hamilton, a 6-foot-3, 188-pound prospect, has added nearly 20 offers in the last month alone. Major programs such as Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech and others have joined the race for Hamilton, with his offer from the Buckeyes coming through on Feb. 21.
“First off, it was a big offer. It’s a big school and a great football school, one of the most dominant programs in the country. I’ve been talking to Coach Alex Grinch. He’s the linebackers coach up there and we’ve been talking back and forth for a couple days now,” Hamilton said. “He contacted me once before he offered me and then called me the next day to offer. They’re recruiting me as a safety.”
Very excited to receive an offer from The Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/IjYXRUCjdH
— Kyle Hamilton (@kham316) February 21, 2018
With all of this newfound attention for Hamilton, it’s going to be hard for individual programs to stand out from the pack. Ohio State has the benefit of a nationally renowned brand to fall back on and it’s certainly one that Hamilton is already familiar with.
“No schools in particular [are standing out so far]. I know Ohio State is one of the best schools in the country football-wise. Clemson, Notre Dame, and other schools like that are some of the most dominant football programs in America and when they say they’re going to offer you, it’s pretty eye-opening,” he said. “I’m really proud to be apart of that.”
Although no programs have yet stood out for Hamilton from the rest of his offers, he’s already in frequent contact with several high-level programs and has a busy slate of visits scheduled for the early spring.
“Minnesota, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Duke, Princeton, and Notre Dame are some of the schools I’ve [been] speaking with most frequently lately. I have a visit to Duke this weekend [Feb. 23], a visit to Clemson the weekend after that [March 2], and then I think I’m going to Georgia on March 5,” Hamilton said. “I think I’m going to Vanderbilt, as well.”
The in-state Georgia Bulldogs offered Hamilton just moments after I got off the phone with the fast-rising safety. Hamilton called his shot to an extent, predicting that an offer may be on the way soon.
“I have high hopes that Georgia will offer soon. I’ve been going back and forth with their defensive line coach and building a good relationship,” Hamilton said. “Also, my teammate, John Fitzpatrick, the big tight end, signed there and he’s been telling me really good things about the school.”
As the Georgia native processes his recruitment and goes through the process, he’s in no rush to make a speedy decision.
“I don’t really have a time frame yet,” Hamilton said. “I want to sign during the early signing period, so maybe some during the summer or early fall to maybe commit, but there’s no dead-set date yet. I’d be open to some spring official visits, but I’d like to save some for the fall, too.”
Hamilton certainly won’t be the first or last major recruit from Marist School, but he’ll be among the most heavily recruited prospects to come out of the program in recent memory. With nearly 30 offers under his belt already, his options are robust. It’s easy to see why so many coaches are interested in landing Hamilton.
“Coaches like the ground that I can cover and being the eraser in the secondary. I come up and hit too and they love that, they love me putting hats on people. They love me being physical, as well as athletic and long and I can cover a lot of ground,” Hamilton said. “I definitely want to put on more weight and gain about 10 to 15 pounds before my senior season starts. We lost a lot of seniors this year, so I want to get my underclassmen up to speed on all of their offenses and get them ready to play.”
Top Ohio State target Harry Miller schedules official visit
Buford (Ga.) offensive lineman Harry Miller has been a frequent visitor to Ohio State’s campus in recent months. Although it’s hardly a brief trip to Columbus from the Atlanta-area town, Miller has been to Ohio State twice since the start of the 2017 season and will be back again in the not-so-distant future. His mother, Kristina Miller, took to Twitter to announce the 6-4, 310-pound standout’s visit plans, which include an official visit to Ohio State on the weekend of April 13.
— Kristina Miller (@KschilbMiller) February 23, 2018
Miller will also take unofficial visits to Notre Dame and Stanford during the spring, per his mother’s tweet. Those two programs recently made Miller’s list of his top-5 schools on Feb. 19, which also included Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. The upcoming trips to Notre Dame and Stanford will be his first visits to each program, whereas he’s already familiar with Georgia and Clemson. Miller previously made unofficial visits to Ohio State on Sep. 9 and Jan. 13; to Clemson on Sep. 23 and Jan. 20; and to Georgia on Oct. 14 and Jan. 27.
There is no planned time frame for a commitment from Miller yet.
Standout Michigan linebacker is in contact with Ohio State
While Clinton Township (Mich.) Chippewa Valley linebacker Marcel Lewis was hardly an unknown recruit — he held three offers by the end of his junior season — the last two months have been a whirlwind. A stunning 14 programs have offered Lewis in the last six weeks, dating back to Jan. 13. That list includes schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, Indiana, Syracuse and Purdue, as well as several MAC programs.
Lewis, a 6-1, 205-pound linebacker, has excelled at recent offseason events like the U.S. Army All-American National Combine and the Under Armour All-America camp in Geneva (Ohio). His growing offer list and impressive performances have attracted the attention of new programs, including Ohio State.
“It’s been really good. I stay in contact with most of the coaches. I talk to Coach Billy Davis and we talk a lot, for the most part,” Lewis said. “I also talk to Coach Larry Johnson, as well, and he texts me every day to see how I’m doing and stuff. I honestly don’t know about an offer yet. They told me I am really high on their list of linebackers and Coach Davis says that he really loves my film, but I can’t give you an answer on that offer yet.”
Lewis grew up watching some of the most intense rivalries in the region, including Michigan versus Ohio State and Michigan State versus Michigan. It’s been somewhat surreal for the Michigan native to be recruited by all three major programs, but he’s taking it in stride. Lewis took an unofficial visit to Michigan State on Jan. 13 and will hope to make a visit to Ohio State soon.
“I’m wanting to get up to one of their spring practices, so sometime in March for sure. I’m not sure which one yet,” Lewis said.
More programs are becoming involved in Lewis’ recruitment by the day and it doesn’t seem like momentum is slowing down.
“Lately, I’ve been talking to Florida a lot and the new coaching staff there and Louisville, as well,” Lewis said. “[All of the recruiting attention] has been overwhelming for me and my family and also my coaches you know it’s been a crazy couple of months, but I take it as a humbling experience and just try to stay pretty cool about things.”
Ohio State offers yet another St. Thomas Aquinas product
In four of Urban Meyer’s six full recruiting classes (excluding the 2012 class, which he inherited late in the process), the Buckeyes have signed a player from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) powerhouse program St. Thomas Aquinas. The Raiders have given the Bosa brothers, standout cornerback Damon Arnette and 4-star receiver Trevon Grimes (who later transferred to Florida before playing a down) to Ohio State and the Buckeyes have returned the favor by heavily recruiting the program year in and year out.
Two dozen prospects at St. Thomas Aquinas have landed Ohio State offers since Meyer assumed the coaching duties for the Buckeyes, including 10 players who will be on the Raiders’ roster in the fall. Now, that list has grown to include 2019 safety Jordan Battle, a 4-star prospect and the No. 29 safety in his class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
“I love Ohio State. Malik Hooker is one of my favorite safeties and seeing Marshon Lattimore win [NFL Defensive] Rookie of the Year is great,” Battle said, referencing two recent Ohio State products. “I was talking to them a bit before they offered. It shows how much love they have for our school with how many guys they’ve recruited from here.”
— VII ™️ (@jordantofly100) February 23, 2018
Latest Buckeyes QB offer goes to a California product
The latest Ohio State offer at quarterback in the 2019 class has been extended to San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon quarterback Jayden Daniels. Daniels is ranked by the 247Sports composite rankings as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 93 prospect overall in the 2019 class. Some of Daniels’ most prominent offers include USC, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Cal, Oregon, Penn State, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State and Cal.
The 6-3, 170-pound standout had just two offers entering his junior season, but things changed after breaking the California record for all-purpose yardage during a single season. Daniels accounted for more than 5,000 passing yards, nearly 1,300 rushing yards and 77 total touchdowns while completing 70-percent of his passes. He’s added 17 Power-5 offers since the conclusion of his junior season.
— JD5 (@JayD__5) February 22, 2018
The Buckeyes have now offered 10 quarterbacks in this 2019 class, and although it’s somewhat of a down year for the position nationally Ohio State is searching across the country for the right fit. Those 10 quarterbacks hail from eight different states, with only Texas prospects receiving multiple offers at the position.
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