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More commonly known as Blue, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound receiver at Huber Heights Wayne High School had been told over and over again that he wasn’t a wide receiver, that he wasn’t a priority for the Buckeyes and a number of other things that seemed to be leading him away from Ohio State’s recruiting class.
When Smith didn’t visit Columbus for the Buckeyes spring game on April 15, the rumors that he’d eventually end up anywhere but Ohio State grew stronger. That was the case for weeks after that, but a May 10 trip to see Urban Meyer changed all kinds of things.
“It was great,” Smith told Land of 10. “Coach Urban Meyer assured me that I’m a priority. Ohio State is tops on my list.”
Smith is one of Ohio’s best two-sport athletes and according to his father, he’s not yet decided if he’ll hang up his basketball shoes. Some colleges are offering him the chance to play both sports, though the Buckeyes would certainly be expecting him to focus on football. Either way, things are heading in the right direction for Smith join Ohio State’s class.
“It was eye opening,” Blue’s father Lorenzo Smith told Land of 10. “Coach laid everything out on the table. It was good for Blue to see where he fits in with Ohio State’s recruiting.”
There’s no specific timeline for a decision from Blue Smith, but sources close to the recruitment have indicated to Land of 10 that it may be coming sooner rather than later.
Isheem Young still talking about Ohio State visit
Ohio State has two safeties committed already in the 2018 class (Jaiden Woodbey and Josh Proctor) but the Buckeyes remain a top school for others, including Philadelphia Imhotep Institute 4-star prospect Isheem Young.
The country’s 12th-ranked safety has talked about his interest in the Buckeyes for months, but to this point, he’s not yet made a trip to Ohio State’s campus.
According to Tyler Donahue, Land of 10’s Penn State recruiting analyst, Young intends to release his top 5 schools in June. He told Donahue that the Buckeyes are a “safe bet” to make the list.
He shared Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State and West Virginia are in line to welcome him to campus in the coming months. The Buckeyes stick out on this list due to ongoing communication between coaches and Young, who has never been to Columbus.
“It’s a trip I definitely need to take because they’ve been recruiting me very hard,” he said. “I want to see how they coach up their defensive backs.”
As noted, this kind of talk from Young isn’t new, but him getting to campus for a visit, would be. Will he finally make the trip?
Final seven schools for Aeneas Hawkins
As expected, Ohio State is in the final group of schools for Cincinnati Moeller 4-star DL Aeneas Hawkins. The 6-3, 265-pound Hawkins released his finalists Sunday afternoon.
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— Aeneas Hawkins (@King_Hawk92) May 21, 2017
Hawkins is an interesting prospect right now because, despite regular conversation with Larry Johnson Sr. and the Buckeyes, there are many who believe he’s not as high a priority for Ohio State as some other defensive linemen. Cincinnati, where his father Artrell was a cornerback with the Bengals in the 1990s, has emerged as the trendy pick for his services.
There’s a summer decision coming from Hawkins, the country’s 23rd-ranked defensive tackle and Ohio’s 12th-ranked prospect.
“I’m pretty confident in where I’m going. I’m just waiting on the right time to announce,” Hawkins told Land of 10. “It’ll be mid-summer most likely. I’ll do it at a time when I’m not busy, and I can finish any visits if I need to. I’m not sure when I’ll visit Ohio State again.
“I’m excited about all the opportunities, but I’m ready to be done with it.”