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 a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Jeffrey Okudah rumors, thoughts
On Monday morning, a number of internet rumors began circulating that 5-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was visited by Ohio State coaches on Monday, had committed to the Buckeyes just a day after returning from his official visit to Oklahoma. Those rumors began on an Oklahoma website and were dispelled by Okudah’s coaches at South Grand Prairie (Texas), but that’s to be expected because there is no plan in place for an accelerated timeline and the country’s top-ranked cornerback still expects to take a few official visits. Florida State and Clemson remain on the list for Okudah, and he’s still planning on an official visit to Columbus, likely at the end of November for the Buckeyes’ final regular-season game against Michigan.
So, here’s the deal: don’t expect anything public anytime soon, but the reality is that – barring something very unexpected happening – this recruitment has been essentially “over” for a while. There always has to be a second-place team, and right now the Sooners, Seminoles and Tigers are jockeying for that position.
Whenever Okudah and his camp decide to make their decision and want it to be public, that’s up to them, but if you’re rooting for the Buckeyes you can breathe fairly easily here. Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano, Kerry Coombs and Luke Fickell are not going to let this one get away.
Shaun Wade’s visit to Notre Dame, what happens next
Ohio State commitment Shaun Wade, a 5-star cornerback from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy, made his first official visit over the weekend, taking a trip to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are one of three teams trying to undermine the Buckeyes for Wade, and some Irish recruiting analysts/experts have gone so far as to proclaim that Notre Dame is actually in a better position than the Buckeyes are, though that seems a touch silly to say.
Wade’s visit to South Bend, of course, went well, despite Notre Dame dropping a 36-28 contest to Michigan State. The Irish are selling early playing time and a need for secondary help, which in an ironic twist their depleted defense helped underscore. According to his father, Randy, these trips are helping Ohio State’s cause rather than hurting them. Each opportunity to see a different school is solidifying their understanding of what the Buckeyes have to offer.
On Monday, Coombs visited Jacksonville to check in with Wade and the Buckeyes may be armed with a little bit different recruiting pitch than they had been previously. One of the primary discussions other schools have used against the Buckeyes is just how deep, and how young, the Buckeyes secondary is. Now, as rumors that Gareon Conley – and perhaps Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker – could all consider early entry to the NFL, the Buckeyes may be able to impress upon Wade and his family that their roster won’t be quite as loaded as people are saying.
Ohio State will see the country’s third-ranked cornerback for his official visit on Nov. 5 against Nebraska and he’ll still make at least one more trip to Florida and Alabama.
Texas wide receiver impressed by Ohio State
Last week, Yoakum (Texas) 2018 wide receiver Joshua Moore was offered by the Buckeyes and wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Moore, who told Landof10.com last week that Ohio State commitment J.K. Dobbins is like family to him, saw the Buckeyes in Norman over the weekend as a visitor of the Sooners.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Moore watched the game — he’s considering both schools — and was very impressed by what the Buckeyes were able to do against Oklahoma.
“I definitely did watch the game,” Moore said. “It was crazy. I loved how they used their wide receiver, Noah Brown. They threw the ball up and let him go get it, and that’s exactly how I describe my game, so yes, I took a lot away from that game.”
Ohio State has had coaches in Texas this week and Moore said he believes he may be getting a visit from the Buckeyes soon.
“My coach mentioned to me that they may coming by,” he said. “So I’m sure they will.”
Maybe the Buckeyes are looking for their next big-time wide receiver? Last Friday night, though his team lost, Moore had a monster game with more than 300 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns. He said he’s just trying to find his niche.
“I’m just out there,” he said. “Just a young Noah Brown, man.”