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Marvin Wilson says he’ll make official visit to Ohio State for The Game
A little more than two weeks ago, we mentioned in Dotting the ‘Eyes that 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson had started talking regularly to Ohio State’s Larry Johnson Sr., and that he was in the midst of planning an official visit to see the Buckeyes in person.
“I’m still highly interested in Ohio State,” Wilson said. “I just haven’t been talking about them as much. I have been actually talking to (Buckeyes defensive line) coach Larry Johnson a lot lately. We talk about stuff away from the game. We are both just learning each other.”
Today, Wilson has the date of his official visit figured out and – as one might have expected – it will take place the weekend of Nov. 26 when the Buckeyes host the Michigan Wolverines in their biggest game of the season. The country’s top-ranked defensive tackle and No. 3 overall prospect says he’s really looking forward to the chance to see what makes Ohio State special.
“I’ll be coming up with my mom and brother, most likely,” Wilson said. “I’m just trying to see what all the hype is about.”
It’s worth noting that Wilson would be making his visit the same weekend that another pair of Texas 5-stars prospects – cornerback Jeffrey Okudah and linebacker Baron Browning – will. That trio has certainly discussed attending school together.
“Of course it’s cool to be going the same time those guys will be there,” Wilson said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing if Ohio State can be my home. I’m willing to go their even though it’s so far away from home.”
Wilson also added that the next official visit he’s got scheduled will be to Florida State for its Oct. 29 home game against Clemson.
Haselwood gets his Buckeyes offer, Emory Jones gets a new recruiting target
On Monday, we introduced 2019 Georgia wide receiver Jadon Haselwood, a Top-10 prospect in his recruiting class. Haselwood visited Ohio State for the first time this past weekend and told Landof10.com that he was really hoping to get an offer from the Buckeyes.
— G.O.A.T ? (@Bcg_jadon) October 4, 2016
Now that he’s one of just a few 2019 prospects with an Ohio State offer, Haselwood said the offer “means a lot” to him.
“They are definitely in my top five,” Haselwood said.
Because he’s a 2019 prospect, Haselwood couldn’t receive the offer directly from Ohio State –NCAA contact rules prohibit phone contact with sophomores – but a friend of his with a Buckeyes offer helped relay the good news.
“Brenton Cox,” Haselwood said when asked who told him about the scholarship.
“Because I’m not old enough to talk to them on the phone yet,” he added with a laugh.
Cox, a 2018 prospect out of Georgia who visited Columbus with Haselwood, was offered by the Buckeyes on Saturday. The two may be friends now, but Haselwood said there’s a chance the pair could be teammates in the future.
“We were supposed to be teammates this year,” he said of Cox, a defensive end. “He ended up going somewhere else, but we might be future teammates… in college.”
Another player that the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Haselwood could play alongside in college is 2018 5-star quarterback Emory Jones, another Georgia prospect, and a Buckeyes commitment. Haselwood said that Jones, who he met officially for the first time at Ohio State this weekend, was the first person he shared today’s news with.
“I saw Emory before at a camp this summer, but we didn’t introduce ourselves until Saturday,” the Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) sophomore said of the future Buckeyes quarterback. “He was the first person I told (about the offer), even before putting it on Twitter.”
Tyjon Lindsey aiming for Bubba Bolden
Ohio State has three verbal commitments from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High School, and if it’s up to those three prospects – Tate Martell, Tyjon Lindsey and Haskell Garrett – they’ll have a fourth sometime soon.
The Buckeyes offered Bubba Bolden, a 4-star prospect for the Gaels, in early September, and since that day his teammates have been pushing hard for the country’s 11th-ranked safety to join them on Ohio State’s 2017 commitment list. Tyjon Lindsey, a 5-star wide receiver at Bishop Gorman, began a Twitter hashtag to try and get the movement some momentum, and he’s not slowing down his efforts to bring Bolden on board.
“Bubba is the main priority,” Lindsey said. “Bubba to Ohio State. I started that hashtag on Twitter and I’m not going to stop. I would give him the player of the game (Friday). That’s the guy that we need at Ohio State and I’m going to get him.”
That sounds awfully confident, doesn’t it?
“My Buckeyes are out there dominating,” Lindsey said. “I can’t wait until I’m wearing that uniform. I can’t wait to be wearing that uniform with my three guys here (at Gorman) and Trevon (Grimes). God Bless Trevon. I just want to send all prayers out to my future teammate (who hurt his knee Friday). I’m thankful to have him as my future teammate and to get to play against him to help me compete.”
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Buckeyes continue Georgia assault
We might as well find a hotel for Dotting the ‘Eyes in the Peach State because we’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about the Buckeyes activities in Georgia, evidence of just how high the Ohio State staff prioritizes Georgia talent on their recruiting boards. That’s why it’s no surprise that Derrik Allen from Marietta is one of the Buckeyes biggest priorities in the 2018 recruiting class.
“They are recruiting him better than anybody else,” his father Derrik T. Allen told Dawgnation.com’s Jeff Sentell. “They call him weekly and go through the film. They talk about what they see and what they think he can do to get better. They reach out to my wife and I and send us stuff about the school. They know he wants to study computer science, so they send him stuff about that program.”
The 5-star cornerback out of Lassiter High School is the country’s 18th-ranked prospect in the 2018 class, and it’s not just his father who believes the Buckeyes may be a good fit for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back. His teammate, Tyriq Hardimon, also believes Ohio State might have the inside track.
“Ohio State just fits him,” Hardimon said of Allen.
What the Buckeyes are doing in his recruitment may be less important than who is doing the recruiting, according to the cornerback.
“Coach Meyer texts me every day,” Allen said. “He just wants to know what is up and how I am doing. … Coach Butch Jones (at Tennessee) used to. He was the only other head coach who did that.”
Ohio State has had a lot of success in Georgia in recent years, and Meyer’s personal touch no doubt goes a long way. Will that be enough to lure Allen from Georgia, where he’s visited – by his own count – “13 or 14” times? There’s plenty of time to figure that out, but as of now, things are certainly trending in a positive direction for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State sets sights on Auburn commitment
Almost immediately after IMG Academy 5-star linebacker Dylan Moses committed to Alabama on Sunday, the Buckeyes offered a new 2017 linebacker. Coincidence? Probably, but interesting nonetheless.
— Chandler Wooten (@ItsMeWootang) October 2, 2016
Chandler Wooten is an Auburn commitment from Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb High School and the country’s 31st-ranked outside linebacker prospect. Whether or not Wooten decides to make a visit to Ohio State remains up in the air, but the initial reports are that he’d like to get up north and see what the Buckeyes are all about.
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound linebacker committed to Auburn in May and currently lists 28 scholarship offers. If Wooten is serious about Ohio State, you should expect a visit from him at the end of October or early November.