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Feelings on Baron Browning, Jeffrey Okudah and Ohio State
Over the weekend, I had the chance to speak to a number of different folks close to the recruitments of Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning. If you’re not familiar with those names, you definitely should be. Okudah is the country’s top-ranked cornerback and a 5-star, top-10 player nationally. His good friend is Browning, the second-ranked outside linebacker and a 5-star prospect ranked in the top 10 nationally.
The pair are visiting Ohio State together next weekend (Nov. 26) when the Buckeyes take on Michigan. Each will be making an official visit to Columbus (along with another good friend, 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson).
Now that particulars are out of the way, here’s the situation with the Texas duo as relayed to me by a source close to their recruitment.
“Things are still going good with Okudah and Ohio State,” the source shared with Land of 10. “He’s really one of the big keys to landing Browning, too, I think. I am not saying it’s a guarantee, but Baron is set to announce just a few days after that visit. That could be a good sign.”
There is currently no plan for an Okudah announcement, but the Buckeyes have been his leader for a long time and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him decide on Ohio State publicly that weekend or shortly thereafter.
Antjuan Simmons and the Buckeyes
As we mentioned on Sunday night, three different Ohio State commitments visited other schools last weekend. Two of the visits were known about and not a surprise to the Buckeyes coaching staff. One – the visit of Antjuan Simmons to Michigan State – did not meet either of those parameters.
To be clear, that was not kosher with Ohio State, but things seem to stabilizing between the two sides.
— Antjuan Simmons (@_antjuan_) November 14, 2016
“They were disappointed,” Simmons told Land of 10 when asked about the Buckeyes’ reaction to his visit. “I reassured them that there is nothing to worry about.”
The talk out of East Lansing regarding the visit is this: Simmons isn’t/wasn’t happy about the Buckeyes continuing to chase another linebacker, namely Baron Browning. Simmons himself refuted that, saying his focus is where it’s always been.
“I know I’ll play anywhere I go,” he said. (I’m) not worried about the depth at linebacker. It’s my job to compete and give it all I’ve got. It’s the coaches job to put the best player out there.”
Simmons’ senior season at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer High School is finished, and after making the visit to Michigan State, he says he has one other visit planned.
“I’ll be (at Ohio State) next week,” he said. “For the game against (Michigan).”
Martell shows off talents in impressive highlight reel
Why is Ohio State commitment Tate Martell so highly regarded as a quarterback prospect? Perhaps these highlights from his five games against nationally ranked opponents this season can clear up any questions about that.
Highlights vs. 5 Top 25 Teams ?
• #3 St. John Bosco, CA
• #5 Cedar Hill, TX
• #7 St. Thomas Aquinas, FL
• #17 Kahuku, HI
• #20 Cocoa, FL pic.twitter.com/YZbOwYdmUz
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) November 14, 2016
The country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback, Martell has played probably the toughest schedule in the entire country.
No wonder he’s the guy Ohio State wanted at quarterback for its 2017 recruiting class.
Ohio State extends new offers in 2018
The Buckeyes offered a new prospect from the Atlantic Coast last week.
— Dyami Brown (@deuce2_) November 8, 2016
That is Dyami Brown, the country’s 11th-ranked athlete in the 2018 class and a potential wide receiver or defensive back at the next level.
Brown is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete from North Carolina who lists 10 offers. The offer from the Buckeyes means Ohio State will be alongside Michigan, Louisville, North Carolina and others. This past weekend, the country’s 180th-ranked prospect in the 2018 class visited Virginia Tech.