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Rumler focused on finding fit, not fandom
On Thursday night we mentioned Ohio State’s most recent offer in Ohio: 2019 offensive lineman Nolan Rumler.
Like most young men in Ohio, Rumler grew up watching Ohio State on television, but his family is from Jackson, Mich., (Rumler moved when he was 2) and he calls himself a Wolverines fan. Though Michigan has offered (and he’s likely leaning in that direction), the country’s 121st-ranked 2019 prospect says he’s trying to put his allegiances aside and view every school with an objective eye.
“I want to see what each school has to offer,” Rumler told Land of 10 late Thursday evening. “To find the best fit for me.”
Rumler, Ohio’s No. 5 prospect in 2019, visited Columbus for the first time as a recruit earlier this spring. He came away impressed by the Ohio State program.
“I really liked how the coaches and players were with each other,” he said of his trip to visit the Buckeyes. “The program is all that they said that they are. They are a great football program and are great academically as well.”
Though it’s early in his recruitment, there’s some sense that it was now or never for the Buckeyes and Rumler. He’s got his “dream offer” and he knows exactly what he’s looking for in a college football program.
“Coaches, academics, distance from home, the program that they are,” he replied when asked what may make the difference in his recruitment. “I would like to stay within driving distance (of home), but if I really fell in love with a school that was very far away then I would choose them.”
Michigan has a campus Rumler is very familiar with, and that no doubt has helped it maintain its place at the top of his list. Rumler is not as familiar with Ohio State, but that’s something both sides hope to remedy soon. Buckeyes assistant coaches Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa are both trying to get to know him.
“I will be (back at Ohio State) this summer,” Rumler said. “Either for a camp or visit.”
New defensive line name to watch
The Buckeyes need three to four defensive ends in the 2018 recruiting class, and though they’ve got one wrapped up (Brenton Cox), new names are going to pop up as potential targets all the way through signing day. This week, one of those names is Jayson Oweh.
Who is that, you ask? Let’s examine.
Oweh is a 6-foot-6, 235-pound two-sport athlete from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. He’s the country’s 14th-ranked strongside defensive end and he was visited by Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano earlier this week. At the recent New Jersey iteration of The Opening, Oweh ran a very solid 4.63 in the 40-yard dash and his athleticism has opened the eyes of coaching staffs all over the country. Despite only playing one year of organized football, he already holds offers from Penn State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and almost 15 others.
Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue was at that New Jersey camp and had a chance to talk with Ronny Torres, The Opening’s director of player personnel for tight ends and receivers, about Oweh. He worked on offense at the camp, though his future is likely along the defensive front.
“That kid was probably the most impressive as far as what he could potentially become because of how raw he is right now,” Torres said …“[Oweh] came to camp ready, was physically imposing and tested off the charts,” Torres said. “There are so many things you can do with a kid like that. I can see Jayson becoming a dominant defensive end if he ends up going that way in college, but there’s definitely major potential for him on offense.”
Ohio State has not offered, but he’s a name to know moving forward.
Let’s talk about another Nolan
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about a Nolan – at least 300 words – so let’s do that some more.
Nolan Smith II, a Georgia commitment and a 5-star prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, has added an Ohio State offer this week.
Blessed to receive a offer from THE Ohio State pic.twitter.com/Wwoku8vU06
— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) May 9, 2017
Smith is now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., though he’s originally from Savannah (Ga.), where he racked up 12 sacks and 75 tackles at Calvary Day High School as a sophomore. He has been committed to the Bulldogs since the end of January and it’s unlikely he’ll look elsewhere.
Physically, Smith is reminiscent of Harrisburg (Pa.) 5-star prospect Micah Parsons, checking in at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Larry Johnson Sr. was the coach who offered. Ohio State has made Georgia — and IMG Academy – a top priority in recent recruiting cycles, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.