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Georgia 5-star Emory Jones talks Buckeyes on podcast
On Wednesday night, we talked to 5-star Ohio State 2018 quarterback commitment Emory Jones about his weekend visit to Columbus. In Wednesday’s Dotting the ‘Eyes, Jones discussed three players he is personally recruiting the hardest. One of those players is fellow Georgian and 2018 5-star recruit offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer from Pace Academy in Atlanta. Salyer is the country’s 12th-ranked overall prospect for 2018.
Salyer has an Ohio State offer but he has not yet visited the Buckeyes and there is no plan in place at this time for a trip north. Nonetheless, it still seems that Jones, Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa are steadily working themselves into the conversation.
During an appearance on the SEC Recruiting Buzz with Keith and Kip podcast earlier this week, the No. 2-ranked prospect in Georgia talked about the Buckeyes quite a bit.
“That’s always been one of my favorite schools, fan-wise, I love their tradition,” Salyer said. “Coach Meyer is doing a great job up there and Coach Stud, I talk to him as often as I can. If I don’t talk to him after a week, he calls me. They’ve got great people up there. I really want to get up there and see it.”
Salyer says Studrawa is one of two coaches recruiting him the hardest, along with Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman. As for what Studrawa is telling the 6-foot-4, 325-pound Salyer, it’s pretty simple: the Buckeyes staff thinks he can do it all.
“They look at me as more of a versatile lineman,” Salyer said of the Buckeyes plans. “I don’t think they really have a set position for me. I’d probably end up being an inside guy there, but who knows how much I could grow.”
Salyer, one of six rising juniors to participate in Nike’s The Opening this past July, said he’d like to have a college decision made by the time the event rolls around next summer.
Anthony Cook still talking to Kerry Coombs, thinking November visit
Ohio State is hoping to make a big splash in Texas in the 2017 recruiting cycle.
The Buckeyes already have a commitment from La Grange High running back J.K. Dobbins, the nation’s top-ranked all-purpose running back, and are looking to add as many as they can out of the group of 5-stars Marvin Wilson, Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning. Ohio State is also pursuing 4-star LB Anthony Hines III. No matter what happens from here on out in 2017 though, Ohio State is already making a push for a top Lone Star State prospect in the 2018 class: Houston 5-star CB Anthony Cook.
Cook, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound corner from Lamar High School, told Landof10.com earlier in September that he was very excited to be hearing from the Buckeyes.
“(Ohio State) is a powerhouse program,” Cook said. “I know that a lot of their defensive backs play at the next level. They have a really solid reputation as a good football program and a really good university. … I’m looking to visit soon. The Ohio State football program in general has my interest.”
On Thursday night, Cook said he thinks he’s got a date for a visit to Ohio State figured out.
“I believe we’re going to the Michigan game,” Cook told Landof10. “We’re communicating often via phone and text. Most of the time with (cornerbacks coach) Kerry Coombs and sometimes Urban Meyer.”
Cook is the second-ranked player in Texas in the 2018 class and, as noted, is a Houston native. He says he’s definitely paying close attention to what former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is doing at the University of Houston but he thinks going away for school is more likely for him.
“Coach Herman is making an impact that is hard to ignore,” Cook said. “But, I don’t feel that when the time comes I’ll be committing to a place that close to home. But who knows?”
Ohio State hosting interesting prospects this weekend
The Big Ten portion of the Ohio State 2016 football schedule is here and with that we’ll begin to see a bigger and bigger recruiting presence at each and every home game. At noon ET on Saturday, the No. 2 Buckeyes host Rutgers and they’re expecting a few key 2018 Ohioans to be on hand.
Former Michigan commitment Leonard Taylor, a tight end/defensive end out of Springfield, will be in town with his grandparents. Taylor, Ohio’s fifth-ranked player in 2018, has slowed down his recruitment quite a bit since re-opening things over the summer.
Another one of Ohio’s top 2018 players, Cincinnati Moeller’s Aeneas Hawkins announced on Twitter that he’ll be visiting this weekend.
— | Aeneas Hawkins | (@King_Hawk92) September 30, 2016
Hawkins has an Ohio State offer and is one of the weekend’s most important visitors for that reason. Ohio State has made Hawkins an early priority and this weekend will provide the Buckeyes a good chance to reiterate that to him. It’s also a good chance for Hawkins to take a closer look at the school most people expect to land him.
“I’ve never been to an Ohio State game,” Hawkins told Landof10. “I’ve been almost everywhere for a regular season game other than Ohio State. I’m interested in seeing what game days are like over there.”
Don’t forget to watch tonight: Bishop Gorman hosts St. Thomas Aquinas
The most anticipated high school football game of the season will kick off late Friday night in Sin City.
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) September 28, 2016
Four Ohio State commitments – all in the 2017 recruiting class – and a number of big-time Buckeyes targets will be featured in what could be the greatest assembly of Division 1 prospects ever in a single prep matchup. St. Thomas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the preseason No. 1 ranked team in the country, fell in its season opener and allowed Buckeyes commitments Tate Martell, Tyjon Lindsey and Haskell Garrett to lead their Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) Gaels into that top slot, where they currently sit.
MaxPreps gives a great preview of the game here, but make sure you ignore them mistakenly listing Bishop Gorman 2018 linebacker Palaie Gaoteote as a Buckeyes commitment.
As of now, it’s No. 1 vs No. 7 in Las Vegas and it should be one heck of a game with a number of reasons for Ohio State fans to watch the game on television or set their DVR.
The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 10 p.m. ET.