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Jackson Carman visits Ohio State
Somehow, a Saturday visit to Ohio State from a five-star prospect happened without anyone knowing.
Jackson Carman, the country’s fourth-ranked offensive lineman in the 2018 recruiting class, showed up at Ohio Stadium on Saturday morning for the Buckeyes’ homecoming game against Rutgers. Carman from Fairfield, Ohio, is a priority for Ohio State so it’s not a surprise the Buckeyes wanted him to visit at the same time as Emory Jones, their five-star quarterback commitment who would be protected by Carman, if he ends up committing to the Buckeyes like most anticipate.
Perhaps, that’s why it was Carman and Jones spending most of Saturday afternoon together. The pair sat together during the game and are likely to get to know one another pretty well over the next few years.
Dylan Moses commits to Alabama
We’ve cautioned for months that a planned official visit to Ohio State may not happen for IMG Academy five-star linebacker Dylan Moses. Today, at least temporarily, that’s now the case. Moses, who visited Alabama this weekend, has committed to the Crimson Tide and says he’s shutting down his recruitment completely.
— King Ⓜ️oses (@Dylan1Moses_) October 2, 2016
A one-time LSU commitment, Moses (Class of 2017) announced just last week that he’d be pushing back his decision to Jan. 1, but that plan has changed, it appears.
Is this one over? Hard to say. I’d imagine LSU will still make a push for Moses, especially if they’re able to hire a big-name coach like people expect. Either way, it would seem reasonable to count the Buckeyes out of this one.
Aeneas Hawkins enjoys first game-day trip to Columbus
Cincinnati prospect Aeneas Hawkins, a 2018 defensive lineman out of Archbishop Moeller High School, made his first visit to Ohio State on Saturday. The visit, as you’d expect, went well.
“It was great,” Hawkins told Landof10.com. “I spent some time with Emory Jones and Jackson Carman, and then I got to talk to some of the coaches after the game. I also ran into (former Moeller stars) Jake Hausmann and Sam Hubbard.”
Hawkins, Ohio’s 16th-ranked prospect in 2018, had a chance to see the Buckeyes utilize their young, talented players.
“The things I saw are that Ohio State knows two things really well,” he said. “First, they know how to win. Second, they know how to recruit. Both were impressive to watch. The defensive line rotated a ton of guys in and that lets me know that I will be given the chance to play, if I’m good enough.”
After the game, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound junior said he spent time with Larry Johnson, Sr.
“I spent about 30 minutes talking to Larry Johnson after the game,” Hawkins added. “He just told me to keep working. He likes the way I’ve played this year.”
For his first game-day trip to Columbus, the game served as a backdrop to the bigger picture: how Hawkins could fit into the Buckeyes football program. There was no pressure applied Saturday, though. Just Hawkins getting to know the coaches and, of course, Emory Jones.
“We didn’t really talk ball too much. We just enjoyed the game. I know Jackson Carman and (2018 Springfield, Ohio visitor) Leonard Taylor already, but meeting Emory for the first time was cool. He’s a good dude,” Hawkins said. “There was no pressure at all to commit or anything. (Ohio State) knows what they’re doing, though. They made sure myself, Jackson and Emory sat at the same table to eat, stuff like that.”
Reigelsperger update after Buckeyes visit
Another of Ohio’s top 2018 prospects made the short trip to Columbus to see the Buckeyes on Saturday. Wayne (Huber Heights) defensive end Alex Reigelsperger, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound lineman for the Warriors, took in the 58-0 beatdown of Rutgers.
“It was amazing,” said Reigelsperger, Ohio’s 17th-ranked 2018 prospect. “I love it there so much.”
For Reigelsperger, the highlight of the visit was the chance to see the Buckeyes dominate up-close-and-personal, including a former teammate of his at Wayne.
“The dominating win stood out most,” Reigelsperger said. “I hung out with my man BB (defensive lineman Robert Landers). He looks completely different. It really just shows what (Ohio State) can turn you into. In a year, they turned him into a monster. It really shows me how much dedication and effort it all takes.”
Reigelsperger has been talking with Larry Johnson, Sr. since the summer and had a chance to catch up with the Buckeyes’ defensive line coach after the game.
“During the game and everything, I was talking to Jackson Carman mostly,” he said. “After, I was talking to Larry Johnson. He just asked how things were, asked about my cast (for a broken finger) and if I’m still playing, how I’m playing, stuff like that. He said he’s going to try and come down for a game soon before our season ends.”