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Jahan Dotson still liking Buckeyes
Ohio State’s top targets for wide receiver in 2017 will be on campus this weekend – more on that in tomorrow’s Friday Night Lights’ previews – but one of their biggest priorities at the position for 2018 will not make it.
“Sadly, no, I won’t be there,” Pennsylvania 4-star wideout Jahan Dotson told Landof10. “We’ve got a team camp that day.”
Dotson, 6-foot-tall and 160-pounds, is the country’s sixth-ranked 2018 wide receiver and is a top target for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. He’s been in regular contact with Ohio State since his June visit to Columbus.
“That visit was an awesome experience,” Dotson said. “The stadium was insane and they’ve got a great coaching staff. Their coaching staff – mostly (Urban) Meyer and (wide receivers coach) Zach Smith – is the one I’ve been in touch with the most.”
Smith – the Buckeyes youngest assistant coach – has taken an early interest in Dotson and that’s usually a good thing when it comes to Ohio State’s wide receiver recruiting. Dotson says the two get along great.
“(Zach) Smith is a very cool guy,” Dotson said. “He’s very funny. Really, it’s just awesome being around that whole staff. They’re definitely showing how much I mean to them.”
Dotson has offers from Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Auburn and a host of others. He says that right now, he’s just starting to see what every school has to offer and that there’s no rush to a decision.
“I hope to get to Ohio State for a game this year,” he added. “But I don’t really have any leaders and I’ll probably be making a late decision.”
Blaine Scott continues big summer, will visit Ohio State
After picking up another big offer on Wednesday – from Florida – Portsmouth (Ohio) East 2018 offensive lineman Blaine Scott let Landof10 know that he’d be back in Columbus for Friday Night Lights with the Buckeyes.
“By the way,” Scott said after discussing his new offer from the Gators. “I will be at Friday Night Lights.”
That “by the way” comes after Scott told us last month that he wasn’t sure if he’d visit for the big Buckeyes camp or make the trip another day this month. He actually did both, because he visited Ohio State on Monday of this week, July 18, as well.
Though he’ll be on campus with the Buckeyes – and visiting his former teammate and current Ohio State freshman Tyler Gerald – Scott will not work out for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
“I will not be competing,” Scott said. “Stud said I have “passed” in his head and he did not need me to.”
Though he’s got the green light from Studrawa, Scott is still waiting to receive an Ohio State offer. Will that come Friday?
Markquese Bell will be at Friday Night Lights
The country’s sixth-ranked 2017 athlete, Bridgeton (N.J.) 4-star Markquese Bell announced on Twitter today that he’d be in Columbus for Friday Night Lights with the Buckeyes this weekend.
Will be attending FNL at Ohio state tomorrow #GoBucks⭕️⭕️
— I C E ❄️ (@MarkqueseB) July 21, 2016
While he could play on either side of the ball in college, Ohio State is recruiting Bell, who participated in Nike’s The Opening in early July, for defense. A ballhawking 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back, Bell is potentially a guy that could move down and end up at linebacker.
“Defense,” one source said of how the Buckeyes are recruiting the country’s 178th-ranked prospect. “Schiano took over recruiting him and sees him as a safety or Darron Lee type.”
Michigan and Rutgers are the leaders on the 247Sports.com crystal ball for Bell, who is a major priority for Chris Ash and the Scarlet Knights. This will be his first visit to Columbus.
2018 Florida offensive lineman talks Buckeyes offer
Ohio State has extended a number of new offers in the class of 2018 this week, including one to William Barnes, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Apopka (Fla.) High School.
— ⚡️William Barnes⚡️ (@barneswilliam7) July 19, 2016
Barnes, the country’s 16th-ranked offensive lineman for 2018, told Landof10 that he’s not that familiar with the Buckeyes but is eager to learn about them now that an offer has been extended in his direction.
“I hadn’t been hearing from them much,” Barnes said. “But Tony Alford offered. He said they like my footwork and my hands. They love who I am as a person as well.”
The Buckeyes tried to go into Apopka in the 2014 recruiting class – they offered quarterback Zack Darlington and offensive lineman Martez Ivy – but they’ve not really spent much time in that area since. Because of that, Barnes has had limited exposure to what Ohio State brings to the table. He said he hopes to make a visit to Ohio State sometime this football season.
“I don’t know much about Ohio State, nothing really at all,” Barnes added. “I know is they have a great program and coaches. I’m definitely excited by the offer and I’m excited to get up there and see the college.”