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Buckeyes impress 2019 Georgia 5-star …
Two of Georgia’s best 2019 prospects visited Ohio State last weekend for the Buckeyes’ home game against Nebraska. Frederica Academy (St. Simon’s Island) wideout Jashawn Sheffield – the country’s top-ranked wide receiver – and teammate Jaylin Simpson both traveled north to Columbus.
“The whole trip,” Sheffield said. “The whole trip was awesome. The relationship the players have with the coaches. How much fun the players have. Loved the campus and the game. I also like what the football program does for the players outside of football. They have a top 16 business school and that is one of the majors I’m interested in.
“It was my best visit yet.”
Sheffield holds 17 scholarship offers, including from schools like Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Georgia and Florida. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wideout has visited more than a few schools on his list. He was happy to have the chance to get to Ohio State early in the process.
“I’ve been to Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Tennessee,” he said. “I was blessed to be able to come this time. A great family helped make it happen. I enjoyed my time hanging out with Urban Meyer. We hung out for a few minutes at the hotel. His speech during the hype video pumped me up. That was a pretty cool experience.”
… and his teammate
Coming north with Sheffield was his classmate, Jaylin Simpson, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back. Though unranked, Simpson has offers from LSU, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Coming into the trip, Simpson was eager to check out the game-day atmosphere in Columbus. As you’d expect, he came away very impressed.
“It went good,” Simpson said. “I had fun. I really impressed in the way the coaches and players got along. During pregame everyone was smiling and just having fun, all the coaches and players. You can tell they love the game.”
Simpson was on the field with a few Buckeyes assistants alongside Sheffield prior to the start of the game.
“I hung out with Urban Meyer for a bit, and then Zach Smith and Eron Hodges,” he said. “It was really nice. I could definitely see myself playing up there.”
Back to South Florida for another wide receiver?
The Buckeyes roster has a number of South Florida wide receivers, and this week they offered a player they hope will be one of their next ones.
— Kevin Austin Jr (@Ka_szn) November 9, 2016
That is Kevin Austin, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete from North Broward Prep in Pompano Beach. The country’s 43rd-ranked wide receiver prospect, Austin holds offers from Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan State and Wisconsin among his 23.
“Urban Meyer offered,” Austin told Land of 10. “It was great to hear from the head coach himself. They’ve been recruiting me a couple of months.”
Austin is aware of the number of South Florida standouts making a name for themselves in Columbus. He admitted that catches his attention.
“I know Ben (Victor) from Coconut Creek,” Austin said. “It helps they have that many guys up there. I think they have a strong program and really great academics. I want to visit next spring or summer.”
If you are a worrier, don’t worry
One of the things that happens during a recruitment is sometimes a recruit who is all-in for your favorite school (School A) may visit another school (School B). Perhaps School B really wants this recruit and speaks to him about how he could help change the culture at School B. They tell him that he could be a difference maker if he just stays home and gives School B a shot.
Sometimes the player visits School B. Most of the time, it’s worth worrying about.
However, there are times that happens when there’s zero reason to worry. Hypothetically, it could be a time when when School B is hosting School A, you know? Perhaps – hypothetically – that player will make a visit to School B just to see School A, right? Then you wouldn’t worry.