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Buckeyes still working on relationship with Daniel Carson
As mentioned earlier on Thursday afternoon, Ohio State is still working hard to recruit defensive linemen in its 2018 class, despite having early commitments from a pair of top-50 players in Taron Vincent and Brenton Cox.
One of the names listed as “still worth paying attention to” is Independence (Mo.) lineman Daniel Carson, a 3-star prospect per 247Sports. He’s not discussed as much as some other players, such as 5-star prospect Micah Parsons or 4-star prospect Tyreke Smith for example, but he remains a real option for the Buckeyes.
“Larry Johnson, Sr. was here to visit last week,” Carson told Land of 10. “I was talking with them a lot, but it’s not as much lately.”
That may sound a touch ominous, but it’s really a matter of inconvenience, not intent. Ohio State’s visit to his school a week ago would indicate that the Buckeyes still have sincere interest.
“I had my phone stolen last Tuesday,” he said. “I lost some communication with schools, but I will have a phone again soon.”
Carson, a 6-foot-5 and 265-pound lineman at William Chrisman High, made his first (and thus far only) visit to Ohio State at the end of March. He had an “incredible” two-day visit with the Buckeyes, but realized that his decision isn’t going to be based on one or two days’ worth of feelings.
“It’s called the recruiting ‘process’ for a reason,” he shared. “It takes time and I can’t wait for the relationships I make with Ohio State and the other schools recruiting me to grow.
“Ohio State has been a powerhouse for a very long time, and all the talk here about them from people and coaches in the NFL is that the Buckeyes going into the NFL are ready for battle and are incredible players. Their practices aren’t boring, they’re intense. I wasn’t practicing (during his visit) of course but I felt as if I would really enjoy practice and grinding with guys like Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. I love the coaches and even the graduate assistants are awesome. It’s a family atmosphere, which I love. I don’t have a date set, but I will for sure get back there this summer.”
Carson has offers from nearly 20 schools and says he’s taking his time with the process.
“I am not going to commit anywhere until after my senior season of football,” he added. “I want to take my visits. I don’t really feel I like any school more than another right now, I’m just enjoying this moment.”
Nebraska commit picks up Ohio State offer
Ohio State was busy on the recruiting trail Thursday, stopping in Texas and offering a few different players. Among them is 2019 wide receiver and Nebraska commitment Marquez Beason, currently ranked as the country’s 15th-ranked athlete the 2019 class.
Wow!! Blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/f9nDq8Sqz7
— Marquez Beason ? (@ezmoneyquez) May 4, 2017
Beason actually committed to Nebraska just about three weeks ago after visiting Lincoln for the Cornhuskers spring game. Still, an offer from a program such as Ohio State is tough to overlook.
“I had talked with them before the spring,” Beason told Land of 10. “The offer means a lot to me.”
It’s the 18th offer for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver — Georgia offered on Wednesday — and though he’s not too familiar with the Buckeyes at this point, he said he hopes to make a visit to Columbus sometime in the future.
On the trail for 2019 tight ends already?
I know that you can’t read too much into much that happens on the recruiting trail for the 2019 class at this point, but this week Ohio State has offered a pair of tight ends in that group and it makes me wonder: Has something changed in the plan for 2018?
On Tuesday, it was Lakeland (Fla.) 4-star recruit Keon Zipperer (an epic name, by the way), who was offered by the Buckeyes.
— RemainHumbleKe✨ (@_KeonZ) May 2, 2017
On Thursday, it was Austin Stogner from Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian High who got the good news.
— Austin Stogner (@austin_stogner) May 4, 2017
Stogner is the third-ranked tight end in the 2019 class and, at 6-6 and 230 pounds, certainly looks the part of a big-time tight end prospect.
All along we’ve talked that it was likely this cycle’s class would include two tight ends, with Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star prospect Jeremy Ruckert at the top of the wish list, followed by a smattering of talents from all over the country, including Florida’s Zach Sheffer, Texas standout Mustapha Muhammad and Pennsylvania’s Kyle Pitts. However, we also know that the Ohio State staff doesn’t “reach” on a prospect, so if Urban Meyer & Co. feel that there’s only reason to take one in 2018, moving to on to 2019 to begin working on those relationships would make sense.
The Buckeyes are still the presumed leader for Ruckert, though there’s a swelling of confidence out of Ann Arbor — plus the Buckeyes visited Sheffer earlier this week.
Maybe Ohio State feels confident on two tight ends in 2018 and are looking for one in 2019? We’ll keep digging into what these new offers may mean.