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Decision date set for Dylan Moses
One of the country’s premier 2017 prospects, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG linebacker Dylan Moses has a date set for his final college commitment.
PSA: My commitment date is set for December 15th, mark your calendars people ??.
— King Ⓜ️oses (@Dylan1Moses_) September 11, 2016
The 5-star recruit, born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., and originally committed to LSU, is scheduled to make an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 26. The trip to Columbus will be the final official visit for the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Moses, who will also visit Alabama, Miami, Texas and UCLA. He will not visit LSU officially, but that’s really consequential to his recruitment and it’s likely that the Tigers are the team to beat in this race.
Usually, when a prospect sets a decision date, it’s because he already has chosen a school, though that may not be the case here. If Moses wants to enroll early, which is the case, he has to decide sometime in December and will likely go through the process of signing financial aid agreements with a couple of schools prior to that date anyway.
Do I think the Buckeyes have a real chance with Moses? No, I don’t, but they do want another linebacker in 2017. If it’s not Anthony Hines III or Baron Browning – who may also be visiting the same weekend Moses does – why not take a big swing with the country’s best outside linebacker?
Ohio 4-star linebacker Chris Oats doesn’t visit Buckeyes
The Buckeyes didn’t bring many players in for a visit this weekend and there was a pretty good reason, according to one source close to Ohio State’s recruiting efforts.
“We don’t want to have people sitting through a thunderstorm,” he said.
That’s why one 4-star 2018 linebacker Christopher Oats, who was scheduled to visit Columbus this past weekend, didn’t make it.
“No, I didn’t make it,” Oats told Landof10. “I stayed home because of the weather.”
The country’s 13th-ranked outside linebacker, Oats said he’s been talking to Ohio State very regularly and plans to get back to Ohio Stadium at least twice this season. I talk to them at least two or three times a day, mostly (linebackers coach Luke) Fickell. I am going to be there for their game against Nebraska and against Michigan.”
The Winton Woods (Cincinnati) prospect will travel to Oklahoma this week to visit the Sooners as they welcome Ohio State.
Belleville (Mich.) 2019 defensive back enjoys trip to Columbus
In 2014, Ohio State signed Damon Webb – now a starter in the Buckeyes secondary – from Detroit Cass Tech High School. Webb, along with Mike Weber and Josh Alabi in 2015, played under Jermaine Crowell, who was an assistant coach for the Technicians before taking over the football program at Belleville.
Since taking the reins with the Tigers, Crowell has started to develop big-time talent, including a trio of 2019 stars that will serve as the cornerstone for his up-and-coming program: Top 100 lineman Devontae Dobbs, wide receiver Julian Barnett and defensive back M.J. Griffin.
Griffin, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect, made the trip to Columbus this weekend to watch the Buckeyes host Tulsa.
“It was fun,” Griffin said. “The ‘Shoe is intense. I’ve been there several times and every time I’ve been there it’s great. Walking on the field, watching the defensive backs doing their individual drills, all that stood out. It was great to be with my brother. He’s never gone before.”
Griffin, like most Detroit-area prospects, is being recruited by Ohio State’s Kerry Coombs. He’s got five offers right now, but remains encouraged by Coombs’s message.
“He told me just keep doing what I’m doing and I’m going to have a shot for (an Ohio State offer),” Griffin said. “He wants me to play corner, nickel, and safety, like a Damon Webb type of defensive back. (Kerry) Coombs is my guy.”
It’s early to be thinking too much about 2019’s recruiting class, but you should add Griffin to the list of names to watch over the next two summers.
How did the Buckeyes’ commitments fare this weekend?
The Buckeyes have the country’s top-ranked 2017 recruiting class and those players put on a show from coast-to-coast in the third weekend of the high school football season. The numbers are gaudy in some cases, but, as usual, the numbers only tell part of the story.
In California, quarterback Tate Martell and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett overcame a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter of Bishop Gorman’s huge matchup with St. John’s Bosco to defeat the Braves, 35-20. Martell threw three touchdowns and rushed for one to help the Gaels notch their 43rd straight victory.
“Same thing we do every single week. We work hard” Martell told Highlight Sports. “We finish in the weight room almost every single day. Stuff like that separates us from everybody else.”
5-star defensive end commitment Chase Young had two sacks (that’s now six in his last two games) as DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) rolled past Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.), 35-7. A week ago, Young also had an interception return for a touchdown, showing off his versatility.
Defensive tackle Jerron Cage racked up two sacks, though his Winton Woods team lost, 36-28.
Defensive back Marcus Williamson had a fumble return for a touchdown as the IMG Academy routed Tulsa (Oklahoma) Washington, 49-7. 5-star cornerback Shaun Wade and Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy stayed undefeated with a 31-23 win; Wade recorded an interception and also scored on offense on this crazy play.
Speaking of crazy, look at this play from Miamisburg 5-star offensive tackle Josh Myers and you can see where the Orlando Pace comparisons come from.
— Pat Castoe (@PatCastoe) September 10, 2016
The future is bright in Columbus, it seems.