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Anthony Hines III to visit Penn State this weekend
In a somewhat surprising development in the recruitment of 4-star Plano (Texas) East linebacker Anthony Hines III, an official visit to Penn State has been planned for this weekend.
— Greg Powers (@GPowersScout) September 12, 2016
The visit will be the second official visit in September for Hines; he also visited Texas A&M when they took on UCLA in their season opener. Now, with only three official visits remaining, Hines will have to make a difficult decision to pare down a list of almost 10 other schools to just three.
Ohio State has had multiple unofficial visits from Hines, so he knows what the Buckeyes have to offer, though there’s a discernible difference between a game-day atmosphere and a summertime trip. As of Monday, sources close to Ohio State still expect him to make an official visit this fall but it seems that coaches at UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU and others have similar feelings.
Hines will make his college decision on Nov. 29 and remains one of just a handful of linebackers that Ohio State continues to recruit in 2017.
Bubba Bolden planning Ohio State trip
The Buckeyes are still searching for the final pieces to a pretty remarkable secondary haul and one of the more recently offered players, Las Vegas’ Bubba Bolden, seems to be legitimately interested in Ohio State. A teammate of three different Ohio State commitments at Bishop Gorman High School (Tate Martell, Tyjon Lindsey and Haskell Garrett), Bolden told Rivals.com’s Adam Gorney that he’s looking to make a visit to Columbus sometime in the near future. The relationship he has with Tyjon Lindsey specifically carries a lot of weight.
“It’s a big deal,” Bolden said. “Tyjon is like a brother, Tate is like a brother, Haskell is too. They’re recruiting me.
“Me and Tyjon have a connection. We’re not rich kids and we came from nothing and now we’re here making it big-time, making big-time plays and having offers. He and I want to stick together and I think we can and we could do big things.”
Bolden, the country’s 11th-ranked safety at 6-feet-3 and 190 pounds, is a former USC commitment and a Los Angeles native who will make his final decision at the U.S. Army All-American game. He will likely make his first trip to Columbus whenever Lindsey does, and as we said here last week, that seems likely to be for the Oct. 29 game vs Northwestern or the Nov. 5 matchup with Nebraska.
Big game bringing big recruits to Oklahoma
One of the many sideshows that come out of major football matchups like Ohio State traveling to Oklahoma is the attention that game gets from top recruits hoping to see something special from two powerhouse programs.
You know that Ohio State’s top defensive back target in 2017, 5-star Jeffrey Okudah, will be at Oklahoma making an official visit to see the Sooners. He’s not the only 5-star prospect from Texas making his first official visit this weekend.
My first official this weekend to Oklahoma ?⚪️. Let's get it pic.twitter.com/012Ue0QTEM
— HOLLYWOOD MARV (@RDMW6) September 12, 2016
That’s the country’s third-ranked prospect and the top-ranked defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson, announcing that he’ll be on hand as well. The Buckeyes have offered Wilson, and though he seems to have minimal interest in Ohio State at this point, there’s no doubt that he’ll watching both defensive line units closely on Saturday.
Expect a number of very highly ranked Division I prospects to be in attendance and we’ll update the names throughout the week as they become public.
Urban Meyer’s thoughts on why Ohio 3-stars develop so well in college
The Buckeyes have a national recruiting brand, and that’s not a surprise to anyone who follows their efforts on the recruiting trail. They go after the best players in the country, no matter where they’re from, but there’s no doubt that Ohio remains the most important piece of their on-field success.
Monday, at Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference, the Buckeyes head coach talked about the need to protect Ohio’s borders and admitted that some schools – like Michigan State and Wisconsin – have done a great job coming into Ohio and developing lower-rated players once they’re on a college campus. Meyer stopped short of giving all the credit to those coaching staffs, however, and focused instead on once again stumping for a change in Ohio’s high school schedule, although not directly.
The gist? Ohio needs spring football, and Meyer thinks that if the state did have spring football the development curve for some of Ohio’s best players may not be so slow.
“We spend an incredible amount of time,” Meyer said when asked if they focus on looking at lower-regarded prospects who may end up at other Big Ten schools or regional schools like Kentucky. “These darn three stars, the one thing about Ohio kids, I don’t know the stats on this, but the Darron Lees, the Tyvis Powells, those guys just show up and turn out – Pat Elflein, unrecruited guy – and I’d like to say that Ohio, for whatever reason, I think because just the way football is in their blood and they maybe develop a little bit later because they don’t have spring practice.”
Meyer continued to expound on that idea.
“I think they’re maybe a little bit behind because of the lack of spring practice,” he added. “These states that have four years of spring ball, that’s like another whole year of football. And Ohio doesn’t have that. So a lot of times these kids get one year in the program, like a Darron Lee, and all of a sudden they have great success.”
Do you think Ohio needs spring football?