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Buckeyes commitments react to big win at Wisconsin
On Saturday night, Ohio State went to the wire with Wisconsin, and a handful of its commitments took to social media following the 30-23 overtime win.
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star DT Haskell Garrett found a way to watch the game despite being at a school dance.
— Haskell Garrett (@HaskellGarrett) October 16, 2016
One of his future defensive line partners, 5-star DE Chase Young from DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), saw what he wanted to see from the Buckeyes when they came back from a 10-point halftime deficit.
If you ever ask me why "Ohio state" watch the end of this game..
— Chase Young (@youngchase907) October 16, 2016
“They never gave up,” Young said when asked what it was that impressed him the most about the Buckeyes’ effort. “They ended the game by dominating on the last play, and just to see how the whole team was overjoyed and ran on the field. It just shows a true brotherhood.”
Texas 4-star running back J.K. Dobbins said he’s come to expect that level of resilience from Ohio State.
“That’s what I expect from us,” Dobbins told Landof10.com. “That’s why I am committed.”
A pair of future Buckeyes quarterbacks also chimed in, including 5-star 2018 verbal pledge Emory Jones from Georgia.
That's a big time play
— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) October 16, 2016
Bishop Gorman’s Tate Martell kept it short and sweet.
— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) October 16, 2016
These kids are preparing themselves for a future in Columbus, and it’s clear they’re invested in the program that they’ll soon represent.
Visit set for Teradja Mitchell
On Friday we talked about the country’s top-ranked inside linebacker in the 2018 recruiting class, Virginia’s Teradja Mitchell, and his desire to make a trip to Ohio State sometime soon.
It appears that trip is now – finally – solidified. For the first time since being offered by the Buckeyes in May 2015, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Mitchell will head to Columbus next month.
I'll be visiting OSU soon ?‼️ #BuckeyeNation ⭕️
— Teradja Mitchell ™ (@WhosThatNumber7) October 17, 2016
“I will be visiting Ohio State on Nov. 26 against Michigan,” Mitchell told Landof10.
What’s the Bishop Sullivan Catholic star looking forward to the most about his trip?
“I want to get to know the coaching staff well and hear from some of the players,” he said. “I want to see the atmosphere of the stadium and I’m looking forward to learning about the business program there, and how it helps prepare you for life after football.”
Mitchell is being recruited by Buckeyes linebackers coach Luke Fickell, wide receivers coach Zach Smith (who usually handles Virginia) and occasionally coach Urban Meyer himself.
Haubeil having a big year
Ohio State’s top-ranked recruiting class has a number of the country’s biggest stars in it, but one of its top performers this season has been K Blake Haubeil from Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.), the nation’s highest-ranked player at his position in 2017.
“Our season is going very good,” Haubeil told Landof10.com. “We’re 7-0 and No. 1 in the state, so trying to finish the regular season undefeated with two more wins. I personally am having a good and fun season.”
How good? Haubeil told us he has made 4 of 5 field goals and is a perfect 37 of 37 on extra points. Haubeil also said he has “about” 3,000-plus kickoff yards and 35-touchbacks to go with a 40-yard punt average.
The plan for Haubeil is to gray-shirt next season after he enrolls at Ohio State in the summer. He says he’s talking to Ohio State regularly.
“I talk to (special teams coach Kerry) Coombs pretty much every week,” he said. “I talk to Drue Chrisman every day. My next visit will either be (the) rivalry game or maybe a different game. Then official in December.”
Does a loss impact a recruit’s visit?
Two of Ohio’s best 2018 prospects were at Notre Dame on Saturday as the Fighting Irish lost their fifth game of the season, 17-10 to Stanford. As rumors begin to swirl that coach Brian Kelly may be on the hot seat in South Bend, some may wonder if recruiting there will take a hit.
According to Westerville South 5-star RB Jaelen Gill and Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 4-star LB Dallas Gant, there’s not much impact … yet.
“The trip to Notre Dame was good,” Gant told Landof10. “I had fun, it was a good time like it always is.”
Did the loss sour the visit?
“We didn’t stay the whole time, we left at halftime so we could get on the road,” Gant said. “But even if I did stay, I don’t think it would impact much. I still had a great time. It’s just unfortunate they lost.”
As for Gill, who is recovering from a broken ankle, he said the loss affected the visit a little bit, but not a lot.
“(It doesn’t hurt the visit) too much,” Gill said. “Maybe a little bit, but I understand that they are very young.”