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Marvin Wilson hearing more from Buckeyes, says he will visit
The afterglow of Saturday’s big win in Norman, Okla., continues. On Sunday night, we talked about Marvin Wilson, the country’s top-ranked defensive tackle, who was at Oklahoma making an official visit with the Sooners. The visit afforded Wilson, from Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal, a chance to see two schools that have offered him and that he’s still considering.
It’s rare for a prospect to get that chance and Wilson definitely took advantage of it. So did the Buckeyes. Wilson was offered by Ohio State in March and he told elevenwarriors.com at the time that it was an offer he’d been waiting for.
“They are automatically in my Top 3,” Wilson said. “I have to get out there, to see what (Ohio State) is for myself.”
Well, it’s now six months later and Wilson – the country’s third-ranked overall prospect in the 2017 class – still hasn’t made a trip to Columbus, but if his comments following Ohio State’s win at Oklahoma are taken seriously, it won’t be long until he does.
“(Ohio State) looked absolutely amazing,” Wilson told Landof10.com. “(They) definitely caught my eye, how efficient they did everything. Ohio State was bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter than them. It was just plain and simple, on both sides of the ball. (I) most definitely will be getting up to Columbus to see what my future is looking like and how I can fit in up there.”
That statement is telling, but perhaps more important than that is that in recent months Wilson and the Buckeyes – who are looking to add another defensive tackle in 2017 – have been spending more time talking than they had previously. Wilson says he hasn’t lost interest in Ohio State, despite the appearances that the two sides have had minimal communication.
“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.”
Thanks to the seating arrangements in Norman, he actually had a chance to see more of Ohio State’s coaching staff than you’d think and was able to learn a bit about how the Buckeyes are in the game as well.
“We were actually behind the Ohio State bench,” the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Wilson said. “I saw everything. I loved how they made adjustments to OU’s offense and how efficient they played. I like how they were coached up. I just loved how they did everything.”
Wilson says he’s going to take a visit to Columbus this fall but he’s not sure when. A reasonable expectation, if he’s serious about a trip, would be that he’ll head to Ohio on Nov. 26 with Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning for the regular-season finale against Michigan. If he does make that trip, can one visit to a school a thousand-plus miles away from home be enough to see all you need to see?
Another thing to consider is this: Ohio State’s coaching staff has a lot on their plate during Michigan weekend and that’s why they usually try to schedule official visits for games a little bit earlier in the season. If Wilson visits, will there be enough time for the Buckeyes to woo him? I guess that’s kind of a “first world of recruiting problem” but it is something to think about if he decides to make a trip to Ohio as he says he will.
Xavier McKinney looking toward an official visit at Ohio State
While one of the Buckeyes top defensive back priorities for 2017 – 5-star commitment Shaun Wade – was on an official visit to Notre Dame, another rising prospect was taking to Twitter to announce he’d be making an official visit to Ohio State in the near future.
My official visits
— Xavier Mckinney (@mckinney_xavier) September 17, 2016
That is Roswell (Ga.) 4-star defensive back Xavier McKinney, who was offered by Ohio State in mid-August. When asked about what date he’d be taking his first trip to Ohio State, McKinney was unable to say for sure when that would happen.
“I don’t have a specific date yet,” McKinney told Landof10. “I should have it in a couple of days though.”
It won’t be Oct. 1 against Rutgers, because McKinney will be visiting Clemson that weekend. It’s unlikely to be Buckeyes’ home game on Oct. 8 against Indiana, because McKinney said he expects to take his first official visit – to Florida – that weekend. If you do the “math,” according to his tweet, you should be hearing some news that he’ll visit Columbus either Oct. 29 against Northwestern or Nov. 5 against Nebraska.
When he added the offer from Ohio State, McKinney said the Buckeyes were his “dream school.”
“Ohio State has been my dream school since I was little,” McKinney said. “They have a great program.”
Ohio State coaches on the road, new recruiting tactics on Twitter
With an off week upon them, it’s now time for the Ohio State coaches to get on the road and hit the recruiting trail. Last week, as the football team prepared for their visit to Oklahoma, recruiting was put on the back burner a bit but this week is back to full speed ahead.
The Buckeyes were expected to see the aforementioned Xavier McKinney Monday, but beyond that one of the day’s most important – and telling – trips is the one Kerry Coombs took Sunday night.
In case anyone is wondering what happens on a bye week, just landed in Jacksonville to do a little flag planting! #onlywaytokeepthisrolling
— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) September 19, 2016
Luke Fickell was in Dallas on Monday, and no doubt he was there to see 5-stars Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning, and although Marvin Wilson wasn’t sure if he’d see the Buckeyes linebackers coach, he did suggest he was hoping to.
Ed Warinner was on the East Coast on Monday, stopping in New York to see 2018 tight end Jeremy Ruckert among others. The Lindenhurst prospect remains the Buckeyes top tight end target in 2018.
While the coaches hit the road, the Ohio State recruiting team added some new toys to their social media profiles. Check out the new recruiting pitch the Buckeyes are making to prospects in the south.
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) September 19, 2016
— Luke Fickell (@CoachFick) September 19, 2016