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Micah Parsons official visit to Ohio State set, per Rivals.com
If you want to win the battle for a top recruit, more often than not you’ve got to get him on campus regularly. In the last year, the Buckeyes have had no problem doing that with 5-star defensive end prospect Micah Parsons.
In October, they’ll get another – and likely their final – chance to woo the country’s No. 5 overall prospect. He will be one of the dozens of recruits coming to town for the showdown in Columbus against Penn State on Oct. 28. Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman reported Parsons has named two official visits — Ohio State and Nebraska — and it seems that the final battle for his services could become an all-Big Ten battle.
A former Penn State commit, Parsons remains very close to a number of Ohio State verbals, including Jaelen Gill, as well as defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. Those relationships are keeping the Buckeyes near the top of the list, as other programs such as Alabama, Florida State, Penn State and Nebraska try to unseat them.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound lineman, who is capable of playing linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, is awaiting word on whether he’ll be able to enroll early and is working toward that goal. If that happens, he’ll make a college decision sooner than anyone anticipated, which is potentially good news for Ohio State because of the strength of its relationship with him.
As usual with Parsons, it’s not over till it’s over, and there’s any number of ways this can shake out.
Buckeyes can impact the recruitment of Chris Steele
Ohio State has done a good job establishing itself as a presence in the country’s best high school programs and continues to make headway at Bellflower (Calif.) powerhouse St. John Bosco.
The Buckeyes signed Wyatt Davis in 2017 and have current Braves standout Jaiden Woodbey committed for 2018. Are they ready to make a move on 2019 4-star cornerback Chris Steele?
The former UCLA commit (he had been pledged to the Bruins for eight months) is ESPN.com’s second-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2019. He’s hearing about the Buckeyes from Woodbey, his secondary mate.
“Jaiden has just been letting me know from time to time,” Steele told Land of 10. “He says I could be a good fit there and stuff like that.”
Buckeyes linebackers coach Bill Davis, who has been an integral part in Woodbey’s recruitment, has had a few talks with Steele about that as well.
“He just let me know that the staff is excited about me,” he said. “He was hinting that they’re close to pulling the trigger on an offer.”
Right now, Steele — who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 175-pounds — has 27 offers. He says that adding one from Ohio State is something that would mean a lot to him and his family. Steele told Land of 10 in March that he has family in Ohio and a relative, Paul Campbell, suited up for the Buckyes in 48 games from 1976-79.
“It would be a huge offer for me,” Steele said. “Especially since a lot of my family is out there.”
These are the moments when you better be sure
There are a lot of reasons people want to get into cover recruiting, but if you do, there’s one golden rule you need to know: trust, but verify.
When a website or a recruiting analyst makes a claim that a player has committed to a school, even if they were told directly from a player, there’s a second step that has to happen before you can report it. You have to know the school’s story.
On Thursday, 3-star running back Maurice Washington, who reportedly was offered by Ohio State in June 2016, committed to Ohio State, according to the website FloFootball.com.
Trinity Christian (Texas) running back Maurice Washington III offered up a verbal commitment to Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday during an interview with FloFootball.
One problem: Washington has not spoken to an Ohio State coach in at least six months, according to a source Land of 10 spoke with on Thursday afternoon.
Washington’s story is an interesting one, he’s on his third school in three years and didn’t play as a sophomore, forced to sit out in California because of the state’s (former) transfer policies. Now in Texas, Washington — ranked as the 14th-best running back in the country by the 247Sports.com composite rankings — is trying to put himself back on the recruiting map.
This kind of publicity is not the way to do it. Washington told Land of 10 that it was a misinterpretation during an interview that led to the false commitment report.
“It was just a video of the schools I’m interested in,” he said. “I still have a whole year to be open to other schools.”
So how did it get reported as a verbal commitment?
“I just said Ohio State was my number one school,” Washington said. “I said that I’d want to go there, but there’s other schools, too.”
Measure twice, cut once, friends.