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Jermaine Eskridge drops top three, close to being a Buckeye?
Ohio State added a very surprising 2018 commitment from a Florida 4-star last Friday when Armwood High School (Seffner) running back Brian Snead picked the Buckeyes after Friday Night Lights. Snead, Ohio State’s first verbal for 2018, may have some company on that commitment list sometime in the near future.
Tampa athlete Jermaine Eskridge, the country’s 130th-ranked overall prospect in the 2018 class, has narrowed his list to three schools and the Buckeyes are right at the top of his list.
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— EJ2 (@Iam_Jermaine4) July 26, 2016
So who is Jermaine Eskridge? He’s a 6-foot-3, 185-pound freak of an athlete at Jefferson High School. He’s a soon-to-be junior that was briefly, last summer, committed to Kentucky. By “briefly” I mean he committed to Kentucky on June 30, 2015 and re-opened his recruitment on November 10, 2015, knowing he’d have a number of other options presenting themselves. Now, with 48 listed offers including Ohio State, Bama, Oregon and the rest of college football’s elite, Eskridge is ready to commit again and all signs point to the Buckeyes being the choice despite the fact that he’s not visited the school yet.
He wanted to visit for Friday Night Lights but was unable to make it and has been attempting to procure a trip north for this week but nothing has been cemented yet.
Greg Schiano is in charge of the Eskridge recruitment for the Buckeyes and it seems that he – Schiano – sees Eskridge as a defensive back, one that could, potentially, grow into new “Darron Lee position” at Ohio State.
Eskridge wants to make a decision in the next week and remarkably, right now, it appears that the Buckeyes may be the team to land him.
Reigelsperger impresses, will visit Ohio State soon
One of the more interesting prospects in Ohio’s 2018 class was very impressive at Friday Night Lights with the Buckeyes and will be making a return visit to campus soon.
Alex Reigelsperger, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) said he’s encouraged by the feedback he received from Ohio State and especially defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr.
“(Larry Johnson) said he loves me,” Reigelsperger told Landof10. “He said he loves the way I play the game and that I’ve matured a lot. He loved my film when he saw it and he said he likes me even more after camp.”
What did Johnson find so appealing about the country’s 50th-ranked 2018 athlete?
“My speed,” Reigelsperger shared. “Not many defensive ends are on special teams and the first one down the field and not many defensive ends are playing wide receiver and tight end running a 4.63. So, to (Larry) Johnson, my speed is the biggest strength of my game. He also saw that I’m using my hands and hips better, using my hands and flipping my hips.”
Next for the Wayne star is a one-on-one visit to Columbus that he hopes will yield some very good news: an Ohio State offer.
“I’m going up there for an individual visit soon,” he said. “Probably next week. I don’t think I’m far away from an offer at all.”
Right now, with seven scholarship offers, Reigelsperger’s 247Sports.com crystal ball reads 100-percent for Kentucky. An Ohio State offer, were it to come, would certainly change that.
Anthony Torres updates his recruitment post-Friday Night Lights
Ohio State saw a number of the country’s top-ranked 2018 tight ends at Friday Night Lights but there may not be any that have a higher upside than Penn High School (Sound Bend, Ind.) star Anthony Torres. While he is raw right now, one source who watched Torres on Friday night believes that he may end up being better than Zack Kuntz – the country’s top-ranked tight end for 2018 – and even Jeremy Ruckert, who is the Buckeyes top choice at the position right now.
“He doesn’t have the body control and the development that those guys do,” the source shared on Torres. “But I bet someday he does. He is a good player.”
Torres has the size (6-foot-6, 235-pounds) that teams are looking for at tight end, yet right now he’s got no offers after camping at Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame over the last month. That should change soon but this is a prospect that will eventually be a high-level Division I guy. As for the prospect himself, he was glad to have the chance to see how he measured up in Columbus.
“(Ohio State tight ends coach Ed) Warinner thought I did a great job,” Torres told Landof10. “I think I stacked up pretty well. I like how I performed, but I always think I can do better.”
The trip for Friday Night Lights was the second in a month for Torres to Columbus. He visited in June with his mother, Brenda, and this trip he made with his father.
“My dad came up and he was definitely impressed with everything,” Torres, who has an older brother that plays basketball at Notre Dame, said of the school and the campus. “It was beautiful. Compared to other schools I’ve been too, it’s obviously a larger campus and it’s definitely different than Notre Dame, but I was impressed with everything.”
The Buckeyes coaching staff is familiar with Torres – running backs coach Tony Alford lived down the street from the family when he was an assistant at Notre Dame – and now he and his family are getting familiar with Ohio State. Torres said he sees a program that is sincere about helping set up its athletes for life after football.
“They showed me how they had the career fair and how that works. It’s awesome to see that they stress the importance of school and life after football,” he added. “They show you that they will take care of you after you graduate. It’s an awesome feeling.”
Jacob Lacey loves opportunity to work with Larry Johnson, Sr.
We updated you earlier today on a recent 2019 scholarship offer Ohio State extended, but another defensive end in the class was also very impressed by what he saw at Ohio State during Friday Night Lights.
Jacob Lacey out of Bowling Green (Ky.) has six scholarship offers already, including one from Notre Dame. He was on hand with his father at Friday Night Lights and came away very impressed with what the Buckeyes are doing.
“The coaches and players really care about each other,” Lacey told Landof10. “I think that’s really important. I love everything about Ohio State.”
Lacey was there for the camp, but also to see the campus.
“We toured the entire campus and the facilities they had were amazing,” Lacey said. “We had a academic meeting with one of the advisors there and they showed how they do everything they can to get you to graduate, but also to become a better person. We were very impressed.”
There was also a precamp get together with Larry Johnson and Urban Meyer.
“We actually went early, around noon, and had a film session with (Larry) Johnson and he showed me what I did well and things I can work on over the future,” he said. “I met with Urban Meyer for a little bit, too. He seems like the perfect head coach.”
As for his performance at camp? The 6-foot-2, 290-pound South Warren High School prospect said Larry Johnson was very happy with what he saw and that made Lacey feel pretty good, too.
“Coach Johnson said after the camp that I did great and that I’m good enough to play at Ohio State,” he concluded. “He told me ‘Don’t worry about the offer right now, I got you and you are good enough to play here, and you did a great job.’ It was awesome.”