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J.K. Dobbins changes official visit date
Though he’s missed every game in his senior season at La Grange High School in Texas because of a leg injury, everything else seems to be on track for Ohio State commitment J.K. Dobbins. He was expected to make his official visit to Columbus for the Michigan game on Nov. 26 but instead will be in town sooner than that.
“I changed my official visit,” Dobbins told Landof10.com. “I’ll be there for the Nebraska game.”
The country’s top-ranked all-purpose tailback is working hard and rehabbing his injured leg to try to get back for a game this season, but whether or not that happens he contends he’s still firmly committed to the Buckeyes. He’s watched the Ohio State offense and its focus on the running game and sees himself fitting in nicely.
“No doubt,” he said when asked if he can see himself in their offensive scheme. “I knew they’d be doing that, running the ball like they do.”
Though he’ll no longer visit Ohio State for its game against Michigan, Dobbins said that he’ll keep in touch with a trio of fellow Texans who will be: 5-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, 5-star linebacker Baron Browning and 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson.
“I will definitely be hitting them up,” Dobbins said of his peers.
Moretti excited to get back to Ohio State
Another Ohio State 2017 commitment will be making his official visit with the Buckeyes for their Nov. 5 game against Nebraska.
“I’ll be going up there for my official,” Jake Moretti said. “For the Nebraska game. It’ll be cool seeing all the guys in person.”
Moretti is the country’s 12th-ranked offensive tackle and a 4-star prospect from Arvada (Colo.). Like Dobbins, Moretti has missed his entire senior season because of an injury. He injured his knee during his last visit to Columbus in June, when he was working with the Buckeyes during a one-day camp at Ohio State.
He’s still rehabbing his injured knee and says it’s going well.
“I’m doing well, the rehab is coming along good,” he said. “Other than that, I’m just staying busy.”
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Moretti plans to enroll at Ohio State in January.
JoJo Scates says everyone is equal on his list
On Monday night, one of Ohio’s top 2018 prospects dropped a list of schools that have “really got his attention.”
8 schools that really got my attention … pic.twitter.com/iOLmWwFTir
— #️⃣6️⃣……? (@ScatesJoseph) October 17, 2016
JoJo Scates’ list includes four Big Ten schools, and among them is Ohio State, which has not offered the country’s 29th-ranked 2018 wide receiver. Scates is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound 4-star prospect from Dayton’s Dunbar High School and Ohio’s ninth-ranked prospect in his class. He holds offer from nine schools, including Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. According to Scates, right now there are no teams that have any sort of advantage in his recruitment.
“All the schools on my list are pretty equal,” Scates told Land of 10. “So far as the interest level.”
Of the schools on his current list, only Indiana has offered and that fact may be tempering his enthusiam a bit, because there is a long way to go in his recruitment. Scates did visit Ohio State this season, though, and says he’s eager to return.
“I’ve actually already visited Ohio State this year,” he said. “I went to the game when they played Bowling Green and I enjoyed myself and the whole atmosphere and environment as well. I’m looking forward to going back up there soon.”
Kamryn Babb sets next Buckeyes visit
The Buckeyes have a few months left in the 2017 recruiting cycle and only Cleveland Heights 4-star Jaylen Harris remains a real possibility as an addition at wide receiver alongside 5-star prospects Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey. Because of that, the focus can start to turn – at least a little bit – to 2018 for Zach Smith and Zone Six.
Enter St. Louis 4-star Kamryn Babb, the country’s 13th-ranked wideout for 2018. He attends Christian Brothers College and stands 6-foot-1 and weighs just under 190 pounds. Babb has an Ohio State offer and camped with the Buckeyes over the summer, earning the scholarship on June 17, the day he visited.
Since that day, he’s maintained his conversation with the Ohio State coaching staff.
“Thing are great with Ohio State,” Babb said. “I’ve talked to coach Urban Meyer and (wide receivers coach) Zach Smith.”
Ohio State will see Babb again on campus soon, and he’s excited to continue to get to know the Buckeyes staff.
“Urban Meyer is great, I could definitely play for him,” he added. “I can’t wait to get back up to Columbus. I’m coming up for the Ohio State and Michigan game on Nov. 26.”