Dotting the ‘Eyes: Jacob Lacey to visit Ohio State, the Trey Smith pursuit and more
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Trey Smith and the Buckeyes, could it happen?
On Sunday, one of the country’s premier offensive linemen, Jackson (Tenn.) 4-star tackle Trey Smith put the Buckeyes in his final six schools, placing them among Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Clemson as he moves towards a commitment.
The reasons are simple, according to Smith.
“Ohio State made my top six because you know, Urban Meyer,” Davis told ESPN. “He’s an excellent man you know, great, almost like a father-figure. Coach Stud (Greg Studrawa), the offensive line coach, he’s doing great things down there. The tradition down there is really appealing to me.”
The Buckeyes have three offensive linemen committed – the country’s top-ranked tackle (Josh Myers), top-ranked guard (Wyatt Davis) and the 12th-ranked tackle (Jake Moretti) – and a limited number of spots available in their 2017 class, but Smith (the 10th-ranked tackle) may be the only offensive linemen they’d still take in the class. He’s visited Ohio State in the spring and he’s not the only person in his family that been some checking out of the Buckeyes program. His sister, who works for the NCAA and lives in Indianapolis, recently visited Ohio State.
“His sister came in June,” one source close to the Buckeyes told Landof10. “She loved it. We hope to get him here for an unofficial visit. If he can’t, he’ll probably make an official visit later in the season, probably for the Michigan game.”
It’s a long shot for the Buckeyes and Smith right now, but don’t count them completely out yet.
Jacob Lacey plans Friday Night Lights visit
Ohio State will get a visit on July 22 from one of the country’s premier 2019 prospects.
South Warren (Bowling Green, Ky.) defensive tackle Jacob Lacey will be on campus for the first time checking out the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound rising sophomore has just recently seen his recruitment take off, adding offers from Kentucky, Louisville and, the biggest one, Notre Dame. The conversation with Ohio State comes credit of his father taking a chance.
“My dad reached out to them and sent my Hudl video,” Lacey told Landof10. “They watched the film and said they don’t normally offer young guys like me but loved my film and were impressed. Then asked if I would come on the 22nd, so, of course, I said heck yeah!”
Lacey’s excitement about the opportunity comes from being familiar with the history of the Buckeyes.
“I know a lot about Ohio State, I watch them on TV and of course all the NFL draft picks recently,” Lacey said. “I don’t know all about Ohio State like I want to, but I hope that changes soon. I have received some offers from some big schools but Ohio State is the Ohio State.”
After a big freshman year that grabbed the attention of college recruiters, Lacey is trying to figure out exactly what he did to garner the look, but he’s glad to have it.
“I honestly fully don’t understand all the attention,” Lacey said. “I just work my butt off on the field, at practice, and in the classroom. God has me and coming to Friday Night Lights on the 22 is a dream and I hope I impress the coaches.”
Ruckert prepares for wild two weeks
One of the tight ends that Ohio State has offered in the 2018 class will embark on a fairly large tour of the United States starting next Sunday. Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star Jeremy Ruckert will visit eight schools in eight days, culminating in a two-day Big Ten stop.
Got a busy week coming up…🙄 Can't wait to see what these schools are all about. Should be interesting…👀 pic.twitter.com/3gYeSWYGZz
— Ruck (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) July 13, 2016
The visit to Ohio State will be the first for Ruckert, who says he’s looking forward to coming to Columbus.
“I can’t wait to get to Ohio State, I’m looking forward to checking it out with my family.”
While he knows he’ll visit the Buckeyes, Ruckert isn’t sure yet if he’ll work out in Columbus. He gave Ed Warinner and Urban Meyer a chance to see him work out in New Jersey during a satellite camp in early June.
“I’m not sure I’ve I’m going to workout, I already worked out for them at the Tri-State showcase,” Ruckert said. “All the coaches are very excited to show me around. I’m looking forward to checking out the facilities and the campus. “They say they want me to leave with Ohio State on top of my list. I’m excited to check it out.”
Oats recovering from injury, will attend FNL
Winton Woods (Cincinnati) 2018 linebacker Christopher Oats will be back on campus with Ohio State on July 22, his first visit to the school since Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes offered him a scholarship last month. Since the offer came his way, Oats says he’s been getting to know Luke Fickell, who would be his position coach if he chooses the Buckeyes, a bit better.
“I’ve been talking to Luke (Fickell) more regularly,” Oats told Landof10. “Just talking about life and football.”
If you’re a Buckeyes fan coming to Friday Night Lights and were looking forward to seeing the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Oats show why he’s the fifth-ranked player in Ohio for 2018, you’re out of luck. He’s actually recovering from a broken wrist, which is why he didn’t work out for Ohio State at their June camp.
“I’m just visiting because I have a cast on, I broke my wrist,” Oats said. “I broke it at the Midwest Gridiron Camp. I had to get the cast put on the day Ohio State offered, right when I got home. The cast comes off on July 28.”
While it’s safe to assume that right now the Buckeyes are certainly high in Oats’ mind, the country’s eighth-ranked outside linebacker says he will not be making a college decision this summer. He wants to visit a few other places.
“No, I’m not going to commit this summer,” he added. “I’ve got visits coming to Michigan State, Louisville and Florida State.”