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Kendall Sheffield is the next man up in the secondary?
In case you missed it, Ohio State did not land 5-star cornerback Darnay Holmes on Saturday. Holmes, the country’s second-ranked cornerback, committed to UCLA after a wild recruiting week in San Antonio. Holmes gave Ohio State a silent verbal following his visit to Columbus at the end of November, and in the last month, did the same with both USC and UCLA.
New UCLA commit Darnay Holmes said he was a silent commit to USC earlier this week and silent commit to Ohio State earlier in the process. pic.twitter.com/fWXSgYFKfx
— Max Olson (@max_olson) January 7, 2017
So, now you understand a little bit of why there was so much back and forth here last week around Holmes.
As of Thursday, Ohio State still felt they had a shot to land him. But by Friday night, the Buckeyes had been told it was UCLA, despite the “leak” of a USC commitment video. So with Holmes out, it’s time to look a bit harder at who can be the next man in with the Buckeyes secondary. That would be former 5-star prospect Kendall Sheffield, a 2015 Alabama signee.
The country’s fourth-ranked cornerback in 2015, Sheffield spent one year at ‘Bama before leaving Tuscaloosa last fall. He’s spent the last season at Blinn College in Texas, where he had 31 tackles, two interceptions and two touchdowns on special teams. Sheffield is a former track star who – if Marshon Lattimore leaves for the NFL as most expect he will – could contend for a starting job in Columbus next season if he were to choose the Buckeyes over Texas A&M, which remains the most realistic option not named Ohio State.
After speaking with a number of sources on the Ohio State side of things – including a handful of commitments – right now I’m fairly confident that Sheffield ends up in Columbus. That could be this week, or it could be in March. That part of the equation remains up in the air, but all signs point to him eventually being a Buckeyes player, and soon.
Paschal not passed up entirely?
In October and November, one of the “new” names that cropped up in Ohio State recruiting was 4-star defensive lineman Josh Paschal. The Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) prospect told Land of 10 in October he’d planned to make two visits to Columbus in November, but failed to make even one. What he did do was make two visits to Kentucky in a one-month span that led to a commitment to the Wildcats in December. His brother is on the staff at Kentucky, and while that played a role in his decision, it doesn’t appear that he’s entirely settled in on that choice.
Because rumors now are floating that Pashcal may still take an official visit to Ohio State, possibly on Jan. 20. He’s also rumored to be considering a Penn State visit this month, so it’s worth paying attention if he makes that one first.
Land of 10 has not confirmed that this visit will happen. But if it does, it could be a sign that the Buckeyes are looking to solidify their recruiting board at defensive tackle, because it’s been no secret they’d like to add a third player at that position.
Though Paschal is a defensive end in high school, Ohio State sees him as a three-technique defensive tackle. Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele, the top targets, both remain pretty wide open in their recruitment, and speculation is that Tufele is unlikely to leave Utah while Wilson is probably a three-team battle with LSU and Florida State. He’ll visit LSU officially this coming weekend.
This is something to keep an eye on. Especially – again – if he decides to make a visit to Penn State. That will at least confirm the notion that he’s not 100-percent committed to Kentucky.
Josh Moore still thinking about Ohio State
Let’s turn the page a little bit to 2018.
One of Ohio State’s early wide receiver targets in that class, Yoakum (Texas) 4-star Josh Moore, was spotted on Saturday at the Alamodome wearing an OSU jacket and backpack.
2018 4-star WR Joshua Moore is here in the Alamodome sporting an Ohio State backpack. His twin brother, Jordan, committed to A&M.
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 7, 2017
Should Ohio State fans even care? Should they pay attention? After all, Moore’s twin brother – Jordan – is already committed to Texas A&M.
“They should look into it a lot,” Josh Moore told Land of 10. “When I say a lot, I mean a lot. I’m actually texting (Urban) Meyer right now.”
So, was he texting Meyer his commitment? No, Moore said, that’s not coming for a while.
“No (laughing),” he said. “I’m not committing until one of the All-American games or maybe even signing day.”
So what was the discussion with Meyer about?
“We were just talking,” he said. “He was watching the Texans game. He told me once I come up and see everything, I will be the next to join the Buckeye family behind Jeff Okudah.”
Moore has not yet visited Ohio State, but said he expects to make the trek to Ohio in the spring.