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Teradja Mitchell sets decision date; Ohio State and Florida State wait
The wait for a commitment from 4-star linebacker prospect Teradja Mitchell isn’t over, but the finish line is in sight. Late Monday night, Mitchell, the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker, announced via Twitter that he was now sure of the day he’ll make his college decision.
T O P T W O ✌🏿 ‼️
— Teradja Mitchell ™⁷ (@WhosThatNumber7) May 23, 2017
According to Mitchell, there’s nothing significant about June 2.
“It’s just a regular day I chose,” Mitchell told Land of 10. “My last exam is that day, so that’s the most significant thing.”
There is no spring football in Virginia, and the Buckeyes already have used both of their evaluation period visits to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, so there will be no more in-person visits before a decision is made. Both sides have played their best hands and taken their best shot. There will be little fanfare from here on out.
“I will announce something on Twitter,” Mitchell said. “Then maybe I’ll have a cookout or something.”
There is still a lot of conflicting information on both sides of this battle, with each side growing more and more confident heading into decision day. Ohio State and Florida State have become unexpected, but bitter, rivals on the recruiting trail in the last few years, and we’re just about 10 days away from another big domino falling in the 2018 class.
Jayson Oweh feeling good about Buckeyes and Larry Johnson
Though he’s a relatively new name to the recruiting board in 2018, it’d be wise to start paying close attention to Blairstown, N.J., star Jayson Oweh.
The 6-foot-5, 236-pound defensive end is certainly paying close attention to Ohio State after receiving an offer from the Buckeyes a little more than a week ago. This past Sunday, at an Under Armour All-America combine in New Jersey, Oweh talked with Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue about that offer and his overall interest in the Buckeyes program, which sits just below Penn State on his current list.
“Penn State has always been up there,” he said to Donohue. “Right now they’re like top two. The second would probably be Ohio State, Notre Dame or Wisconsin.”
Oweh has not been to Ohio State, though he intends to make the short drive to Columbus this summer. He is, however, getting to know a pair of Buckeyes defensive assistants, Greg Schiano and Larry Johnson Sr. Oweh is a future defensive end, so it’s Johnson who will be responsible for building the relationship for Ohio State.
“Coach Johnson is a legend,” Oweh said. “He sees something special in me and really likes my length and athleticism. He wants to help me develop.”
The athleticism that caught Johnson’s eye was on full display Sunday. He ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of any player in the camp (4.63), winning the Big Man MVP award and earning a trip to the illSpeed finals, which bring together the nation’s fastest prep football prospects.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) May 22, 2017
Florida 2019 star talks Ohio State
The son of former NFL defensive back Abram Elam recently added a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
— Kaiir 5️⃣ Elam (@Easymoney_Kai) May 17, 2017
Since then, Kaiir Elam also added offers from Michigan, Duke, UMass and others. The country’s third-ranked 2019 cornerback is trying to soak in all the recent attention.
“It was pretty cool,” Elam said when asked about his offer from Ohio State, which came directly from Urban Meyer. “(Wide receivers coach) Zach Smith came by the school, but it was Meyer who offered me.”
Ohio State, Michigan and almost 15 others see a big-time corner prospect at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds to go along with his NFL bloodlines. That’s what has the attention of the schools, but what does Elam see in Ohio State?
“I know Ohio State has a winning tradition,” he said. “And one of the best head coaches in college football. I’m going up (to Ohio State) this summer.”
The Florida Gators, where his uncle Matt played for Urban Meyer after being named Florida’s Mr. Football in 2009, currently hold all three 247Sports.com crystal ball predictions for Elam.
“Right now,” he said when asked if he had any early favorites, “I’m just weighing all my options.”
Buckeyes offer another in the Sunshine State
Ohio State remains very active in the Sunshine State.
On Tuesday, the Buckeyes offered Fort Lauderdale 2019 defensive end Khris Bogle, a 4-star prospect at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
— Khris bogle (@khris_a1) May 23, 2017
Bogle is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end who already holds offers from Clemson, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Wisconsin and others. He’s the country’s 11th-ranked defensive end in the Class of 2019.
Can the Buckeyes pull another big-time defensive end from Fort Lauderdale? It may be harder to do when the last name is not Bosa.