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Bubba Bolden discussion
We’re going to dive right into the weekend’s two biggest stories as we begin the Sunday night edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
There were two official visits from players not committed to the Buckeyes this weekend: Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star S Bubba Bolden and Plano East (Texas) 4-star LB Anthony Hines III. We’ll begin with Bolden, the country’s ninth-ranked safety.
To cut right to heart of it: there is no public commitment forthcoming from Bolden. He will be in Columbus until Monday morning with his parents and Bishop Gorman teammates. Over the course of the last 24 hours, there have been three separate sources that have stated Bolden will commit to the Buckeyes, but nothing is imminent. It could be this week, but the more likely scenario is that Bolden checks out a few more schools before anything is announced. I’ve had another source close to the Ohio State side say “it’s close” to being a done deal.
I’ve had my 247Sports.com crystal ball for Bolden on Ohio State for a few weeks now and I feel pretty confident about that.
Anthony Hines visit comes and goes
Outside of Bolden, the big news was Hines officially visiting Ohio State as an uncommitted prospect this weekend. The visit — the fifth official visit for Hines — has had all kinds of noise around it, but to this point there’s nothing to suggest anything has changed in his recruitment. Texas A&M has been the front-runner for the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker and I don’t think that’s changing.
One Ohio State commitment, however, did suggest that things were going well with Hines.
“We are doing very well with Hines,” the commitment shared.
While I have no doubt that the Buckeyes are in the mix here, it’s unlikely Hines leaves Texas, according to another source.
“I think,” the source said late Saturday night, “if he were going to leave Texas, he’d be coming (to Ohio State), but I think he’s staying home and going to A&M.”
Hines has also visited Penn State, UCLA, Florida and Texas A&M officially.
Shaun Wade update
OK, OK … so what’s up with Shaun Wade? Yes, the 5-star corner from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian committed to the Buckeyes, but all the talk about ‘Bama just won’t stop.
Shaun’s official visit — like that of the Bishop Gorman gang — is ongoing, and will conclude on Monday. He attended Ohio State’s exhibition basketball game against Walsh on Sunday afternoon, taking in a bit more of the campus with his family.
One source who has spent some time with Wade this weekend minced no words.
“Shaun loves it here,” the source shared. “He just says he’s taking visits because there’s no reason not to.”
OK, but what about ‘Bama?
“I think he’s going to stay with us,” the source added. “I am not worried.”
While I’m a huge fan of the confidence, it’s myopic to not worry about ‘Bama, because ‘Bama is ‘Bama, you know? I did briefly chat with Randy Wade, Shaun’s father, on Sunday afternoon and he said things are going very well.
“Things are good,” he said. “(Shaun) loved the game.”
I hope to have more from the Wade visit in Monday night’s Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Adrian Jackson makes visit, Buckeyes still No. 1
We had a big list of expected visitors on Dotting the ‘Eyes last Thursday, but those lists are never 100-percent accurate. Some players you expect to show up don’t, and some you don’t know are expected do show up. The latter is the case with Denver Mullen 4-star 2018 LB Adrian Jackson. If you need a refresher, it was Jackson — the country’s seventh-ranked outside linebacker in his class — who told Land of 10 in August that he was not really considering any schools other than Ohio State.
“I’m not really looking in at other schools,” Jackson said then. “Not right now.
What’s he saying now that he’s been back to Columbus for the first time since camping with the Buckeyes in June?
“They’re still number one,” Jackson said. “It was the best visit.”
What made the trip stand out for him?
“The crowd was completely nuts,” he said. “I’ve never ever been in an atmosphere so hyped before in my life, and I liked the uniforms, too. They were pretty legit. But just looking around the whole stadium seeing it filled was crazy. It was definitely the place to be. The game day atmosphere was great.”
Of course as a recruit, it’s not just about watching the game — it’s also about spending time with coaches.
“I’m glad I got to talk to them before the game started,” he said. “My experience was good. I said hello to (Ohio State linebackers coach Luke Fickell) for a little bit and talked to (running backs coach Tony) Alford for a minute. I didn’t get to spend much time with them because you know it was game day.”
So, Ohio State is still No. 1 on his list but is he still thinking about an early decision?
“I am still thinking about it,” Jackson said. “I want to wait for all that after my junior season is over. Ohio State is just waiting for me to make the decision.”
Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety now but he’s an outside linebacker all the way in college. The Buckeyes also hosted another of their top 2018 linebacker prospects, Toledo’s Dallas Gant, this weekend. They also had Palaie Gaoteote, arguably the country’s best linebacker for 2018, in a week ago. All three have Ohio State as the top — or close — school on their list. Will some tough decisions need to be made already?