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Jackson Carman talks Notre Dame visit, comes away impressed
There are very few players in the 2018 recruiting class that are a higher priority for Ohio State than Fairfield, Ohio’s Jackson Carman. The 5-star offensive lineman played in Dublin, Ohio, last Friday night against Coffman High School and was visited by both Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Following that visit with Ohio State, Carman spent Saturday in South Bend, Ind., seeing Notre Dame for the first time.
It appears the Buckeyes may have some developing competition for the country’s 17th-ranked prospect.
“Notre Dame is different,” Carman told Landof10. “Ohio State is really flash and hype oriented, which isn’t a bad thing, but Notre Dame isn’t really about that.”
The Irish are one of the country’s premier football programs and have been for a long time. They’ve routinely made inroads into Ohio, and in recent years the one area they’ve performed exceptionally well is in recruiting offensive linemen, thanks to the efforts of their offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
“Notre Dame knows they’re good, they know what they want, and they allow the people who know what’s best to make their decision based on what Notre Dame really has to offer, and not just what it’s hyped up to be,” Carman continued. “I feel that’s kinda the people that they want in their program; people who know what they want and can resist being affected by the flashiness of other schools.”
Carman, who said he’ll likely make his next trip to Ohio State on Nov. 5 for their home game against Nebraska, wasn’t done celebrating the Irish.
“They also have a great degree and great networking,” he added. “They’re college football royalty with a solid program, an amazing fan and alumni base. It’s just nice up there.”
Hiestand and Brian Kelly took two offensive linemen from the Buckeyes in the 2016 class – Liam Eichenberg and Tommy Kraemer – so it looks like it’s game on, Buckeyes.
California linebacker enjoys hearing from Ohio State
The Buckeyes have made recruiting the West Coast more of a focus in recent months, and they’ve pinpointed another top California prospect that they believe could be a part of their program.
Solomon Tuliaupupu, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker from Claremont (Calif.), was offered by Ohio State last week.
Blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University ?☝ pic.twitter.com/7Rf2Wp8PDZ
— Solomon Tuliaupupu (@nokeakua) September 9, 2016
“It was a huge blessing,” Tuliaupupu said of the Buckeyes offer. “Ohio State has a great program. I have mostly been talking to (Tim) Hinton, (Urban) Meyer and (Luke) Fickell. I know that Ohio State is a winning program.”
The country’s sixth-ranked 2018 linebacker, a 4-star prospect, says he’s had a lot of recent attention after picking up a few key offers.
“Ever since the University of Washington offered me I’ve been getting a lot of attention,” he said. “Ohio State offered after watching my film and breaking down how I play. We’ve been talking a lot since Sept. 1. They just said I play my butt off and go hard every play. That’s how I love to play and I believe they like that.”
As a junior, Tuliaupupu – who has an offer from USC, Oregon, Arizona and others among his 16 – isn’t thinking too much about his recruiting yet, but he knows ultimately what he’s looking for in a college.
“I’m looking for a school that can develop me as a player and a person for further life experiences and careers,” he said. “But I’m not worried about (recruiting) interest right now. We’ve put our heads down and started working since the beginning of the offseason (for this season.)”
Jaylin Simpson continues conversations with Buckeyes
Ohio State has been aggressive in Georgia in the 2018 and 2019 classes, and one of the country’s best 2019 prospects has been talking regularly with the Buckeyes since they offered him in August.
— Jaylin Simpson (@jaylinsimp) September 13, 2016
That is Saint Simons Island’s Jaylin Simpson, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back at the Frederica Academy. He’s ready to come north to visit Ohio State with his teammate, fellow 2019 prospect Jashawn Sheffield. Sheffield is the country’s top-ranked 2019 wide receiver.
“Me and Jashawn are planning on coming up in October,” Simpson told Landof10. “I’m not sure what game yet.”
Simpson says the discussions with Urban Meyer right now are focused on just getting to know each other better.
“He just talks about my playing style, and me coming up to visit,” he said of Meyer. “He tells me that I play like a 2018 kid. That’s a pretty good compliment.”
The Georgia prospect say he’s been keeping a close eye on Ohio State so far this season.
“I love the way their corners play,” he added. “I’ve been watching their defense and I see the highlights.”
New offer in the 2018 class
Erie (Pa.) 2018 lineman Fredrick Scruggs has added a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
O-H…Beyond blessed and extremely excited to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University!!?? pic.twitter.com/kMp5ZstDg5
— Juice (@JuiceScruggs) September 13, 2016
Scruggs is 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, and the offer from Ohio State is No. 11 for him. He also holds scholarship offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Iowa State and others. He’s a two-way lineman who ranks as the country’s ninth-best guard in the 2018 class and the 185th-ranked player overall.
Pennsylvania’s seventh-ranked player visited Pittsburgh for their big win over Penn State this past Saturday. He has not yet visited Ohio State.