Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Signing day decision for Thayer Munford?
As I mentioned on Monday night, I expect that the Buckeyes will sign Massillon (Ohio) Washington’s Thayer Munford when signing day hits Feb. 1.
“There’s no date set for an announcement, and Munford has been muted when it comes to the interest and conversation between he and the Buckeyes, but it’s safe to include him on any/all projected signing day lists.”
Though he didn’t entirely clarify a decision date, it appears it will be a signing day decision/announcement for Munford.
This is not the end. It is the beginning of the new journey. I'll see y'all in February. #0Dark30
— Thayer Munford (@Big_Grizze62) January 24, 2017
If the Buckeyes are going to add another offensive lineman in 2017, you’re not likely to hear about it for another week.
Aeneas Hawkins set to visit Alabama, still hearing from Ohio State daily
Ohio State has a commitment from the top defensive tackle in Cincinnati in its 2017 recruiting class – Winton Woods prospect Jerron Cage – and it remains hot in the pursuit of a 2018 prospect from the area as well. Archbishop Moeller 3-star defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins says he’s in regular contact with a host of Buckeyes coaches.
“I talk to Larry Johnson every day,” Hawkins told Land of 10. “He’s probably my favorite recruiter in football. Ohio State is one of my favorites. Urban Meyer texts me every other day, and anytime Ohio State comes to Moeller, Kerry Coombs is the one that is there.”
Ohio State is hosting a handful of its top targets this weekend during a junior day weekend, but Hawkins will not be there.
“I will probably be there for the next next junior day, and then I’ll get up for a couple spring practices,” Hawkins shared. “This weekend I’m heading to ‘Bama.”
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds on his 247Sports.com profile, Hawkins says he’s working on getting bigger and improving his versatility so that wherever he ends up playing his college football, he can make an impact.
“I was 265 pounds this morning,” he said. “I’m not in a rush to get heavier. I’m going to put it on the right way to keep my athleticism. Larry Johnson thinks I could play 3-tech or 5-tech. The quickest way to the field might be at a different position, especially at a place like Ohio State where there’s talent everywhere.”
Buckeyes offer big-time 2018 Florida wide receiver
Though the Buckeyes are moving on from one of Florida’s top 2017 receivers, they’re still active and aggressive recruiting the Sunshine State for 2018. On Monday, wide receivers coach Zach Smith extended a scholarship offer to Pensacola’s Jacob Copeland.
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Copeland told Land of 10 he’s been hearing from Ohio State for a few months.
“(Smith) followed me a while back,” Copeland said. “He said he’s been watching my highlights all the time. (Monday) he popped in unexpectedly and my coach said I should hit him up after school. I did that and we chopped it up for like 10 minutes, just speaking the basics: What I need to know, and how much he thinks I’d fit the offense.
“I’m going to try to get up there this spring or summer.”
The country’s 11th-ranked wide receiver in 2018, Copeland is a solid 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect from Pine Forest High School. He has 26 offers, including Florida State, Clemson, Alabama and most of the SEC.
Recruiting season means pulling out all the stops
It’s the most wonderful – or annoying, depending on your vantage point – time of the year for recruiting. College coaches are trekking all over the country looking for the next big thing and, in doing so, are willing to put themselves out there in interesting ways.
Take, for example, the Oklahoma Sooners and their Monday night visit to Bellaire, Texas, the home of 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. The country’s top-ranked defensive tackle is a major target for the Sooners and Bob Stoops made sure his assistant coaches showed that to Wilson.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 24, 2017
I guess that’s one way to show a prospect your different jersey options. For what it’s worth, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will visit Wilson for the final time Wednesday. From there, it’s a one-week sprint to signing day hoping that you did enough. LSU, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and South Florida are Wilson’s final five schools.