Dotting the ‘Eyes: Camp slowdown approaches, Jamyest Williams sets decision date and more
Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Jamyest Williams sets a decision date
One Top 100 player who will be making a college decision soon but is not expected to pick the Buckeyes is Grayson, Ga., 4-star cornerback Jamyest Williams.
Please come out and support as I will be committing August 27 at 3 pm at Grayson high school ???‼️?? pic.twitter.com/oFvqKFNPzX
— Jamyest Williams (@Jamy0602) August 10, 2016
The country’s eighth-ranked corner, Williams visited Ohio State in May after participating in Nike’s The Opening regional camp in Westerville, but he’s said repeatedly since then that he wanted to make a return visit to Columbus.
“Ohio State is definitely in my top group,” he said. “I need to get my dad up to their campus. A visit this summer is a possibility.”
In Oregon at The Opening, Williams told Landof10 that he hoped to delay a decision until he could return back to Ohio, but no longer appears to be the case. South Carolina is the favorite to land the 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back.
Video of Wyatt Davis, Jaiden Woodbey
The fine folks at Under the Radar Sports Media spent some time at Bellflower, Calif., powerhouse St. John’s Bosco and got some summer film of the Buckeyes’ 5-star offensive line commitment Wyatt Davis and 2018 5-star target Jaiden Woodbey.
Davis (No. 76) and Woodbey (No. 6) are close friends and teammates now and may very well end up being teammates in the future at Ohio State.
There’s not much meat to the video, but any chance you get to see football in August, you should take it.
Trevor Trout sets fall visits, talks Buckeyes plans
Earlier this week, Rivals.com recently released their updated Top 100 list for the 2018 recruiting class, as we noted on Monday. One of the top defensive lineman in the country according to Rivals is Trevor Trout, who found himself at No. 22 on that list.
The St. Louis native visited Ohio State twice this summer and has been eagerly awaiting a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, but it’s not yet come his way.
“I’ve not talked to them since the end of the evaluation period,” Trout told Landof10. “They told me they want me to work on my change of direction and slimming down a bit.”
Right now, Trout checks in at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, which is just a bit heavier than Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson would like.
“The Buckeyes told me they’d like me to get down to around 280 pounds.”
One way he could lose that weight? By playing a bit on offense this season for the Chaminade College Prep School.
“I’m playing tight end a bit,” he said. “We are always moving and our drills are really up-tempo. Last year I would mostly block, but this year I’ll be catching the ball finally.”
Though he hasn’t talked to the Buckeyes lately, Trout is planning some visits around the country for this fall. He’ll make a return visit to a number of schools he saw earlier in 2016 and hopes to get one he has not yet been to.
“I’m going to visit Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri,” he said. “Hopefully UCLA, also.”
Why is Xavier Thomas the country’s best 2018 defensive lineman?
It doesn’t matter who you ask, really. There’s something special about Florence, S.C. 2018 defensive end Xavier Thomas. He’s big
Ohio State’s coaches tell him he could be the next Joey Bosa. Clemson coaches say he could be the next Shaq Lawson. South Carolina coaches say he could be their next Jadaveon Clowney. That’s a lot of hype for a player entering his junior year of high school, but those comparisons do make you wonder how accurate they may be.
Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell broke down the similarities – and differences – of Clowney, who he called the best high school player he’s ever scouted, and the country’s top-ranked 2018 defensive player.
As for Thomas – who lists Ohio State, Clemson, and South Carolina among his favorites – he’s asking that coaches and media stop all the comparisons all together. He wants to just be Xavier Thomas.
To all sportswriters, fans, etc. I appreciate the comparison to Clowney, however I would like to be called the next Xavier Thomas. Respect.
— Xavier Thomas 1️⃣9️⃣ (@atxlete) August 1, 2016
Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson, Sr. have made Thomas a top priority for the Buckeyes’ 2018 class and if you examine the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Wilson High School product and his game, it’s pretty easy to understand why.
Setting expectations for the next few weeks
You may be aware that football season – both at the high school and college levels – is officially upon us, so I wanted to make sure that, as far as recruiting goes, we’re setting a realistic expectation for you as readers and fans. As programs all over the country open their fall camps, the recruiting news – as far as visits and time spent recruiting by coaches – will slow down a little bit, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some fireworks coming up.
Many recruits – including a few Ohio State targets – will be making a college commitment prior to the start of the football season in order to eliminate some of the distractions that recruiting creates.
Two of the players that we know will commit are 5-star wide receivers that are likely to pick to the Buckeyes, California’s Tyjon Lindsey and Florida’s Trevon Grimes. That duo will announce their college picks on Aug. 22 and Aug. 24, respectively.
Beyond that, the next few weeks may be a bit “dry” in some respects but we’ll be working hard as ever to bring you the news and notes that are worth knowing.