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Falo still talking Ohio State visit
For months it appeared that the Buckeyes were content without a tight end in their 2017 recruiting class. And while they won’t stress if they don’t land one, California’s Josh Falo is the lone target on the board at the position.
And that matters.
“Being the only tight end recruited by Ohio State in 2017,” Falo told Land of 10. “Means a lot to me.”
The country’s fourth-ranked tight end, Falo is out of Sacramento, Calif., and has been talking to the Buckeyes regularly since being offered in late August.
“Everything’s going pretty good, I talk to (tight end coach Ed) Warinner, we are in contact every week,” Falo said. “I am planning on taking an official visit to Ohio State.”
There are only two home games remaining for the Buckeyes – and one of them is four days from now. So if Falo makes an official visit, it’s likely to be the weekend of Nov. 26 for Ohio State’s game versus Michigan. Redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh came to Ohio State from California, but Falo says he doesn’t know him. He also said that distance from home isn’t going to play a part in his decision.
“The location (of a school) doesn’t really matter for me at all,” Falo said. “What matters is education and the environment away from football. Wherever I go, it’s going to be my new home, so I have to feel like I’m at home.”
So far, Falo has only officially visited Colorado. The concern is whether or not one visit, so close to signing day, is enough to get a player comfortable enough with your school to sign a Letter of Intent just two months later. That’s not an issue, according to the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Falo.
“That’s plenty of time to know if a place is right for you,” Falo said of the potentially late visit. “These visits are very important for me.”
Raekwon McMillan’s advice for Buckeyes commits visiting this weekend
One of the biggest recruiting weekends of the season – along with Michigan at the end of November – is upon us.
I can't wait to be in Columbus this weekend!
Big weekend for #SELECT17!
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) October 31, 2016
The Buckeyes will host a handful of their top 2017 and 2018 targets (we’ll list those later in the week), including most of the top-ranked 2017 commitments. This opportunity to build camaraderie and bonds shouldn’t be taken lightly, according to Ohio State junior captain Raekwon McMillan.
“As a recruit, coming in to Ohio State with some of the guys I was being recruited with, it’s all about building that unity and starting that family,” McMillan told Land of 10 on Monday when asked about the important of his official visit weekend.
That weekend, a late October Saturday in 2013, saw him and a number of future Buckeyes together. It’s where they developed the bonds that carried them into the future.
“Once you get here, you’re going to be working together every day,” McMillan said. “On my official visit, most of the guys at Ohio State are still my best friends to this day and who I came on that official visit with.”
McMillan has advice for the next wave of Buckeyes.
“I’d advise guys to think wisely when you come (for your visit),” he said. “Not to worry about individual attention. Worry about the guys around you, that you see there with you that are planning to come to Ohio State with you and build that bond early.”
It’s important to build those friendships whenever you can, according to McMillan, because it will set you up for the future. He cited the July 2013 Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State as another key in his recruitment and how close his class became.
“We just felt the vibe together,” McMillan said of his class. “We just felt we could come here and do great things if we did things for our teammates and build that bond.”
Anthony Hines official visit for this weekend is official
Last week, it was first reported on Land of 10 that Plano (Texas) East 4-star linebacker Anthony Hines III would not visit for the Northwestern game and instead head to Columbus for the Nebraska game. Tuesday, Hines confirmed that switch on his Twitter account.
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Ohio State would will be thrilled to add another linebacker to its 2017 recruiting class. Hines, the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker, has been a top target for months now. The official visit to Ohio State will be his fifth and final visit with a decision date scheduled for Nov. 29. Texas A&M is the supposed leader for his services, though he has been to Columbus multiple times in the last year.
Can the Buckeyes pull this one out?
J.K. Dobbins receives Army All-American jersey
One of the players committed to the Buckeyes and visiting Ohio State this weekend will be La Grange (Texas) 4-star running back J.K. Dobbins. Though he’s played just one play this season because of a broken ankle, Dobbins will still take part in the U.S. Army All-American game in January. On Tuesday morning, he received his jersey.
— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) November 1, 2016
Dobbins is the country’s 40th-ranked 2017 prospect and the top-ranked all-purpose running back.
Darron Lee-inspired linebacker wants Ohio State attention
The way that Ryan Shazier and Darron Lee have played linebacker in recent years has changed the way some view the position.
“They set the new trend now other teams are copying,” 2018 linebacker recruit Robert Snead of New Jersey told Land of 10. “Look at Michigan with Jabrill Peppers, and the NFL is trending now to smaller, faster outside linebackers. That’s perfect timing for me.”
To mention oneself among players of the caliber may sound a touch bold, but the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Snead wants the attention of big-time programs. Wallflowers usually needn’t apply for that kind of thing.
“Ohio State is my dream school to play for,” Snead said. “The tradition, Urban Meyer is a great coach, and I’m a big Darron Lee fan. We are similar-style players, fast and smaller. They know how to use that on defense.”
Snead’s highlight tape is certainly impressive. He’ll need to find a way to Ohio State for a camp next spring if he wants to have a chance to impress the Buckeyes in person. The North Arlington native has begun hearing from a few FBS programs but does not have any offers.
“Rutgers is the big one I’ve been hearing from the most,” he said. “Syracuse and Wake Forest as well, but now Penn State has started.”