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Josh Paschal talks Ohio State interest, potential visit
Last Friday we introduced Olney, Md., defensive lineman Josh Paschal as a player who is starting to emerge as a real option for Ohio State’s top-ranked 2017 recruiting class. A 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end at Good Counsel High School, Paschal told Landof10 that the interest from the Buckeyes has changed his recruitment quite a bit.
“Ohio State’s interest impacts my recruitment a lot because I’m starting to think about how I would fit in there and how it will plan my future,” Paschal said. “I didn’t hear from them my whole junior year. Urban Meyer told me that I’ve gotten a lot better, and he can tell that I’ve been working hard. I’ve been hearing from them since mid-September.”
A former teammate of Ohio State freshman linebacker Keandre Jones, Paschal said that Jones has helped update him on what the Buckeyes are all about.
“I talked to him during the summer when he came back and he said he loved it,” Paschal said. “He said that they teach you to be a man, about life skills, but they also have amazing coaching and teammates.”
There’s a chance that Paschal – who is being looked at as a player that could be inside or outside on the Ohio State defensive line – may visit Columbus next week for an unofficial visit.
“I’ve only been on one official visit so far,” he said. “I visited Oklahoma when they played Louisiana-Monroe, but I might come with (Chase Young) to Ohio State in two weeks.”
The country’s 10th-ranked strongside defensive end told Landof10 that next week’s visit (if it happens) could be the first of two trips to Ohio this fall. If he enjoys himself, he expects to schedule an official visit later in the year.
Trevon Grimes has knee surgery
With a positive outlook, it appears, Ohio State commitment Trevon Grimes, the country’s third-ranked 2017 wide receiver, went under the knife Tuesday morning for surgery on a recently torn ACL.
— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) October 18, 2016
The recovery Grimes speaks of in his tweet will start soon, according to his mother, Leah.
“The surgery went very well, his knee and the surroundings were clean except for his ACL, of course,” Leah told Landof10. “The doctor was very happy and so are we. We see the doctor again Wednesday, and Thursday he starts physical therapy.”
What that means is that when the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Grimes makes his official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 5, he’ll be a bit gimpy.
“We will be up there Nov 5th for his official visit,” Leah added. “He will be on crutches, but we will make the best of it.”
Chase Young as a leader
One of the Buckeyes’ top commitments in 2017 is Maryland’s Chase Young, who on Tuesday received the jersey that denotes him as a U.S. Army All-American.
— #ArmyBowl Tour (@SelectionTour) October 17, 2016
Young, the country’s second-ranked weakside defensive end, was selected as much for his on-field talents as his ability to be a leader. In a recent story about the 6-foot-5, 225-pound DeMatha Catholic star, Young’s leadership was a major focus, and it’s worth a watch.
In an interview with USATodayHSS.com on Tuesday, Young reiterated why he’s so solidly committed to Ohio State.
“It’s just a lovely place, and I want to go into criminal justice and they have a program,” he said. “Coach (Urban) Meyer is a coach who wants to win. The defensive line coach, coach (Larry) Johnson is best in the nation. When I go up there, it’s like a brotherhood. I didn’t get any funny vibes from any of the players.”
Young, as noted above, will visit Ohio State three weekends from now for its home game against Nebraska and will return for an official visit in late November, when the Buckeyes host Michigan.
“I’ll be up there for the Nebraska game,” Young told Landof10. “My official is will be when we play the team up north.”
Joshua Moore talks Lebron with Urban Meyer
Meyer is one of the world’s preeminent photobombers, but is he also a high-grade name-dropper? On Monday night, Yoakum (Texas) 2018 wide receiver/athlete Joshua Moore said he talked with Meyer.
Talks with Coach Meyer are always good! #GoBucks?️
— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) October 18, 2016
“He was telling me that Lebron was going to be in town this week,” Moore added.