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A little more on Dallas Gant’s commitment
In case you missed it earlier Tuesday, the country’s top-ranked outside linebacker (according to 247Sports.com), Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit 4-star prospect Dallas Gant, committed to Ohio State over Notre Dame and Michigan. Within minutes of that announcement, Land of 10 broke down what Gant’s commitment means to the Buckeyes and how some of his future teammates and coaches reacted to his verbal.
What was not shared was how all of this came together for Gant. Yes, we’ve mentioned in the past that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Glass City prospect was close to committing to the Buckeyes this past November and that things slowed a bit after former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell took over as the head coach at Cincinnati.
Notre Dame surged when Mike Elko became the new defensive coordinator in South Bend, but the Buckeyes never fell behind. Gant’s decision was made in mid-March, when he informed the Ohio State coaching staff of his intention, but he wanted to take a visit to Michigan and get back to Notre Dame one more time. The Ohio State staff wasn’t thrilled about the visit to Ann Arbor, as you’d imagine, but there was no concern on their part that his commitment was in jeopardy.
After a spring game trip to Ohio State on April 15, and his final return to Notre Dame a week later, he had solidified his choice and was ready to make it public. He told Land of 10 during a visit to his high school a few weeks back that he’d have preferred to make a decision on Twitter and without all the fanfare, but with his birthday as the perfect backdrop for a special occasion at his school, he set up the ceremony Tuesday.
Gant shared a message with Ohio State fans on Facebook after his announcement.
Jayson Oweh lands Ohio State offer, impresses Larry Johnson and Greg Schiano
Toward the end of last week we introduced you, sort of, to Blairstown (N.J.) 3-star defensive end Jayson Oweh. Greg Schiano, Ohio State’s second-year defensive coordinator, was in New Jersey last week and checked in on the country’s 14th-ranked strongside defensive end. On Tuesday, Schiano and defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. were back in New Jersey to see Oweh and watch the 6-foot-5, 235-pound lineman work out.
They were clearly impressed.
— Clout J (@JaysonOweh) May 16, 2017
It’s another major offer for Oweh, who is one of the country’s fastest-rising prospects and a young man who has played just one year of football.
“It’s my first year (playing football),” Oweh told Land of 10 after the news of his offer. “My coach told me I’d get some offers, but never thought it would get like this. It’s overwhelming, but a blessing. I’m just trying to stay humble. It just makes me want to work so much harder.”
Johnson and Schiano weren’t allowed to have much conversation with New Jersey’s 10th-ranked prospect, but the message that was relayed though the coaching staff at Blair Academy got through loud and clear.
“Coach Johnson just said that he loved my tape and that they usually don’t offer people that quickly,” he said.”He told my coach he thinks I could be special and that I’m doing things so naturally that my ceiling is through the roof.”
The next step for Oweh, who was also offered by Notre Dame this week (he now holds 22 offers), is to start making college visits. He expects Ohio State to be one of his stops. He’s not that familiar yet with the Buckeyes, but said he’ll visit a number of schools in SEC country as well as Ohio State, Notre Dame and others.
“I don’t have an exact date yet,” he said. “But I’m going to visit all the schools in the South first and go back to the East.
“All I know about Ohio State is that they won a national championship. I know Ezekiel Elliott and Cardale Jones. I also know that Urban Meyer is a winner and that program is a winning program.”
Owen Pappoe includes Buckeyes in top-schools list
Earlier this spring, Ohio State was supposed to receive a visit from Grayson (Ga.) star Owen Pappoe. That visit fell through, but it didn’t stop the nation’s top-ranked outside linebacker in the Class of 2019 from including the Buckeyes in his recently released list of top schools.
Top 10‼️🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/s1ZVFzEIZw
— Owen Pappoe (@opfreak15) May 14, 2017
Pappoe is a touch smaller than the average big-time linebacker (he’s just 6-foot and 207 pounds) but he opens eyes everywhere he goes on the recruiting camp circuit. A year ago, he became the first freshman ever to be invited to Nike’s The Opening final in Oregon.
There’s still a plan for Pappoe to make a trip to Ohio at some point this summer, though it has not yet been decided when.