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Joshua Moore keeps Buckeyes on his list
One of the Buckeyes’ top targets at wide receiver in the Class of 2018 has narrowed his list and, as expected, Ohio State is on it.
That is IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 4-star prospect Joshua Moore, who transferred to the Florida powerhouse from Yoakum, Texas, at the start of 2017. Moore has been a priority for the Buckeyes, and he says that they’ve not been shy about that with him or his family. That is part of the reason Ohio State is still high on his list.
“Ohio State is a very successful program in both academics and athletics,” Moore told Land of 10. “That’s one of the main things that has caught my eye [about Ohio State]. Another thing is the coaching staff, how much interest and love they show me as well as my parents.”
For the Buckeyes to be considered serious contenders in this race, though, Moore is going to have to make a trip to Columbus. He’s been talking about it for the last six months but hasn’t been able to make it happen. He has made trips to Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee recently as part of an IMG tour. There is no bus trip to Ohio, but the nation’s 15th-ranked wide receiver insists a visit will happen soon.
“I talk to the Ohio State staff at least twice a week,” he said. “I plan on visiting this spring, but if not, I definitely will be making it to Columbus this summer and in the fall also. I am going to Ohio State soon.”
4-star DB Christian Tutt puts Ohio State at the top
For some time now, the Buckeyes have been at the top of the list for Thomson (Ga.) 4-star defensive back Christian Tutt. The country’s 18th-ranked cornerback says that is still the case.
“I talk to to Ohio State every day,” Tutt told Land of 10. “I talk to Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano and Kerry Coombs, too. There’s mail from them every day.”
What’s the point of that daily correspondence? Just to let the 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back know how the Ohio State staff views him.
“They just tell me that they love the way I play,” he said. “That they can help me get to the next level and that I can be a star there. They’re still high on my list right now.”
Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and 30 other schools have offered Tutt. Ohio State remains one of the only legitimate contenders to pull him away from the SEC and the lure of college football in the South. According to Tutt, Meyer has built a program that rivals any school in the country.
“Ohio State is one of the big boys in the NFL draft,” Tutt said. “Ohio State is the biggest threat to the SEC to get those types of players [from the South]. With coach Coombs and Urban Meyer, that tradition. It’s all about his program and how he looks out for his past players.”
Ohio State hopes to land three or four defensive backs in the 2018 recruiting class, and on Monday night one of the region’s top players said the Buckeyes are one of the top remaining schools on his list.
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— 3k (@Isheemyoung) March 14, 2017
Isheem Young is the country’s sixth-ranked safety and a player the Buckeyes offered last September. The 5-11, 201-pound Young is similar to Moore in that he consistently has placed Ohio State in his top group without yet making a visit to Columbus. Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers have seen Young on campus. The Nittany Lions are probably the team to beat, with Florida State (which landed Naseir Upshur, his former teammate at the Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia, in the 2016 recruiting cycle) as a potential dark horse.