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Dallas Gant, Jaelen Gill make Monday visit to Ohio State
There are three players in Ohio in the 2018 recruiting class that I – personally, which means little – view as a “must get” for Ohio State come next February.
The first, is Jackson Carman, a 5-star offensive lineman out of Fairfield.
The second is running back/athlete supreme Jaelen Gill, a 5-star talent ranked as a high 4-star prospect after missing his junior season because of a broken ankle, out of Westerville South High School.
The third is Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 4-star linebacker Dallas Gant.
Two of the three were on campus with the Buckeyes on Monday for a President’s Day visit: Gill and Gant.
“It went real well,” Gant told Land of 10. “They had a few recruits down there, just talking to coaches and stuff like that.”
For Gant, it was the first time he’s had a chance to spend an extended amount of time talking, in person, with new linebackers coach Billy Davis. The Glass City product was vey close with former linebackers coach Luke Fickell, and the chance to get to know Davis better is vital for Ohio State’s chances of keeping Gant away from Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State.
“I got to have a lot of 1-on-1 time with the coaches,” he said. “We also spent some time watching the team work out.”
Florida safety still feeling good about the Buckeyes
There’s no doubt that after signing six of the country’s best defensive backs in 2017, Ohio State will have a bit more difficult time finding players to jump in and fill those spots for 2018, right?
Eh, I don’t think so.
Success breeds success, and the mantle of “DBU” is something that the Buckeyes want and are working hard to own. Kerry Coombs and Greg Schiano have proven to be a formidable duo on the recruiting trail, and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Take, for example, Amari Burney out of Clearwater, Fla.
Ohio State and Florida have been right at the top of the list for the 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety from Calvary Christian for quite some time.
“I’m interested in Ohio State a lot,” Burney told Land of 10. “I love the coaching, the atmosphere, the history and tradition of the school.”
The country’s ninth-ranked safety visited Ohio State in October and said he plans to get back to the school sometime before he makes his commitment, which is scheduled for June. He deals mostly with Schiano in his recruitment and says he thinks that he’s a top priority for the Buckeyes staff.
“What keeps me interested in Ohio State,” he said, “is the fact that they seem to genuinely want to see me in scarlet and gray. My relationship with coach Schiano, it’s almost is like an uncle and nephew type of thing right now. Hopefully, over time, we can even get closer. He’s always checking on me, and I really appreciate it.“
Tavion Thomas talks huge week of offers
After a monster week on his personal recruiting trail, Dayton Dunbar’s Tavion Thomas, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back and linebacker, likely needed to catch his breath. One of the country’s hottest prospects at the moment, Thomas added offers from Ohio State and Alabama, as well as Georgia, Michigan. Arizona State, Nebraska, Iowa and others. He’s become a national target almost overnight, and that’s hard to comprehend for even the most seasoned folks.
Thomas talked about his crazy week with Dayton’s Fox45Now.com and shared some insight into what it’s currently like to be him.
Jalil Irvin excited about his Buckeyes visit
A former Michigan commitment in the class of 2018 checked out both Ohio State and Michigan this past weekend. Stone Mountain, Ga., 4-star guard Jalil Irvin visited both schools during a Midwest swing. Irvin is originally from Detroit, so the chance to get close to home was important to him. That’s why he committed to the Wolverines last summer. And that’s why it’s going to be hard for Ohio State to eventually top Michigan if it comes down to those two schools.
Still, for now, it’s just about getting to know the programs and the people inside of them.
“The visits were great,” he said. “Both schools are similar in a lot of ways.”
The country’s 16th-ranked offensive guard made the visits with his mother.
“She loved them both,” he said. “It my first time meeting Urban Meyer. He is really cool and easy to talk to. What really stood out to me (at Ohio State) was the school’s academics and getting to talk to him.”
Ohio State falls out of the top 4 for country’s top running back
Though he made two visits to Columbus in the last six months, Ohio State finds itself on the outside looking in for the country’s top-ranked running back, North Carolina’s Zamir White.
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The Laurinburg (N.C) prospect is the country’s third overall player in the class of 2018. He’s been one of the Buckeyes highest-priorities at running back but is a player similar in style to Buckeyes commitment Brian Snead.
Don’t expect Tony Alford and the Ohio State staff to give up this pursuit too easily, though.