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Martell taking the lead
When you’re building a top-ranked recruiting class, it’s hard to adequately express the importance of having a leader in the class at quarterback. For the Buckeyes and 2017, they’ve been fortunate enough to have two different quarterbacks play that. First, it was Danny Clark who — though he has since committed to Kentucky — served as a de facto ambassador for Ohio State at every possible turn. And since June, it’s been Tate Martell, the country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback, who has led the way.
According to an interview with Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman, Martell intends to maintain those efforts as long as he can.
“I’m going to be doing everything that I can to talk to the guys we need to pull in,” Martell said. “That’s kind of my main focus when I’m there. I want to build this class up as much as I can.”
Over the weekend, as Ohio State hosted Nebraska, Martell — who was making his official visit and first-ever game day visit to see the Buckeyes — was all over the field talking to fellow commitments and other recruits. He worked especially hard on 4-star safety Bubba Bolden, his teammate at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), of course.
On Monday, after leaving campus for the final time until he arrives at Ohio State in January, Martell tweeted his precise thoughts about what being a Buckeye can do for his peers.
If you want…
Great college atmosphere
Best coaching staff
Unbelievable fans & alumni
Make it to the NFL
Come to OSU! ?️?
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) November 7, 2016
Martell’s leadership — as much as his on-field talent — was a primary reason he became the quarterback for the Buckeyes in the 2017 class.
More on Bolden
As we wrote on Sunday, there are good signs coming out of the Bolden camp following his weekend official visit. But according to his mother Breezy, the nation’s ninth-ranked safety will let his recruitment play out a bit though.
“(Ohio State) has anything and everything a football player could ask for and the hospitality was amazing,” she told Land of 10. “This was Bubba’s first official visit and there was a lot to take in. He is in playoffs with the state game scheduled for the first Saturday in December, therefore he will not have another official until (after the season).”
She then added: “Other schools will have a tough time beating out Ohio State.”
Multiple sources told Land of 10 over the weekend that Bolden felt very strongly about Ohio State. The thought is that a commitment to the Buckeyes could happen without him taking other visits but that he’d prefer to check out a few other places, most notably USC. Bolden, who was committed to the Trojans before opening up his recruitment in July, will visit USC in January. So this recruitment could — at least publicly — stretch out for a while.
Zamir White is serious about Ohio State
Perhaps the country’s best running back regardless of class, 5-star junior Zamir White from Scotland County (Laurinburg, N.C.), had a second, great visit to Ohio State over the weekend.
“(The visit) went great,” Keith Wood, an assistant coach at Scotland County who made the trip with White, told Land of 10. “I think he is very serious about Ohio State.”
White is a reserved guy, far quieter than most of the country’s premier athletes. On Saturday at Ohio Stadium, he was pensive and focused on the sideline. Then he saw Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford and White broke out a huge smile before the two said hello and exchanged hugs and handshakes. That relationship is one that could yield some long-term gains for the Buckeyes, according to Wood.
“Tony is a family guy — a great guy — and wants to make sure (White) knows how it will be at Ohio State,” Wood said. “They never really talked football. It was an awesome experience.”
The trip to Columbus was the second since June for the country’s top-ranked 2018 running back.
2019 5-star enjoys himself in Columbus
It’s hard to get too worked up about a 2019 prospect right now, but there’s reason to be very optimistic about Louisville’s Stephen Herron if you’re a fan of Ohio State. The country’s 15th-ranked sophomore visited the Buckeyes for the first time and things went very well.
“It was great,” Herron told Land of 10. “I’ve never seen anything like it. The atmosphere was unbelievable, definitely one of the best anywhere. I’m glad I spent my night in Ohio Stadium.”
A 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end, Herron is an early 5-star prospect and was making his first trip to Columbus. He came away from the visit floored by the fans and the chance to meet a living legend.
“The fans and coaches stood out the most to me,” he said. “Wherever I go I want that support system. I got a chance to talk to Urban Meyer before the game. I’ve been following him since I was old enough to follow football. The Buckeyes coaching was great. Just being around a legendary coach like that, it was great.”
2018 5-star Derrik Allen has Buckeyes in Top 2
Ohio State has made Marietta (Ga.) 5-star DB Derrik Allen a priority in its 2018 recruiting class, and this past weekend he made his first visit to Columbus. Though the Buckeyes had just about 24 hours with the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Allen, they left a big impression.
“(It was a) great visit,” Derrik Allen Sr. said. “We got questions answered and came away really impressed. I will tell you that Ohio State is (in the) top 1-2 schools for Derrik right now.”
Georgia is the other school thought to be most heavily in the mix for the country’s third-ranked cornerback in 2018. His father shared a little with Land of 10 about the questions his family had and the answers they got.
“It was a whirlwind trip, but again very productive,” he said. “(Ohio State) had a very organized itinerary for us that worked like clockwork. They laid out a path to graduation and detailed support infrastructure available. They have outstanding coaches for strength and position development and the off-field development. I talked to current parents and Ohio State has great programs in place.”
A decision for Allen isn’t expected soon — the plan is for next spring — and he will take at least two more visits in November.
“Derrik will be going back to Notre Dame, but really that is more about accompanying some friends on a trip,” Allen said. “We will go down to Auburn and ‘Bama, and South Carolina vs. Clemson, as well, in November.”