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Close to a commitment?
It could be an interesting weekend for the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class.
Ohio State will host New Jersey’s Iverson Clement on Friday, the second time since November that the Mount Holly Rancocas Valley star will be in Columbus. Iverson is a 6-foot-tall athlete, rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports, and capable of playing running back, wide receiver and heck, pretty much anywhere else on the field. But if he were to end up at Ohio State, it’s likely that he’d begin his career at tailback.
That’s where things get a touch interesting because right now a number of folks, including the Buckeyes themselves, have the idea that the nation’s 25th-ranked athlete wants to commit to Ohio State this weekend. Clement himself isn’t saying that, at least publicly, but it’s a discussion that that leads to another, more important discussion: would he be able to commit?
This isn’t a matter of a player not being Ohio State caliber, because he is. If you check the tape on Clement it’s easy to see that he’s a very, very good player.
So what’s the rub? With the country’s fourth-ranked running back (Brian Snead) already committed and the nation’s third-ranked all-purpose back (Jaelen Gill) a top priority, there’s a thought that right now maybe bringing Clement into the fold could cause some collateral damage to the recruiting class later. Of course, that’s where things get even more muddled.
Snead is from Florida and he’s been committed — albeit very quietly and without any dramatic rumblings — since last July. There’s never a guarantee a Florida standout stays committed to one school for 18-plus months. Then there’s Gill, who most view as a “lock” for the Buckeyes. Even if he ends playing his college football in Columbus, there’s zero guarantee he’s a true running back at the next level.
Ultimately, I think Ohio State will decide it’s worth taking the risk and welcoming Clement to the class if he really does want in.
Former Michigan verbal to visit Ohio State
One of the country’s premier interior offensive line prospects will visit Ohio State this weekend.
Michigan and Ohio State visit this weekend ?
— Jalil Irvin. (@only1_lil) February 14, 2017
That is Stone Mountain (Ga.) star Jalil Irvin, the 16th-ranked guard in the 2018 recruiting class. Irvin is a former Michigan commitment who now holds 19 scholarship offers. He committed to Michigan in June of 2016 and decommitted in August. Apparently, they’ve made amends.
Ohio State, according to Irvin’s 247Sports.com profile, has not offered. Perhaps that changes this weekend. He’s being recruited by Greg Studrawa, the Buckeyes’ second-year offensive line coach.
Ohio State chatting with Cincinnati tight end
The Buckeyes are likely to take two tight ends in the 2018 recruiting class and they aren’t leaving any stone unturned in that search. While the big names are known (e.g., guys like New York’s Jeremy Ruckert, they’re also taking a good long look at the best players in Ohio. One of them is Jack Cravaack from Cincinnati’s Madeira High School. But Ohio State isn’t the only school taking mental inventory of the 6-5, 224-pound tight end.
“My Recruitment is going well,” Cravaack told Land of 10. “I’m hearing from a lot of the MAC schools and I’ve talked to a lot of Big Ten schools, as well. I’ve heard from Indiana, Northwestern, Wisconsin and a few others. I’m hearing from Boston college and Cincinnati the most right now.”
Cravaack is also hearing from Ohio State.
“I’ve talked to (Ohio State assistant) Kerry Coombs a few times,” he said. “He visited my school last spring and then again this December and said they had interest in me and invited me to a spring practice. I went to their camp last summer but haven’t visited the school yet.”
There’s a good chance the country’s 38th-ranked tight end will return to Ohio State for a camp this summer. That’s usually the best way for in-state prospects to earn the Buckeyes’ attention.
“I definitely will go there to camp this summer,” he added. “Unless I’m committed somewhere else by then.”