Dotting the ‘Eyes: Ohio State offers Penn State commitment, 5-star hoops prospect talks visit and more
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Ohio State offers Penn State 2018 commitment Micah Parsons
The Buckeyes are in hot pursuit of the country’s top-ranked 2018 defensive lineman – South Carolina’s Xavier Thomas – but Wednesday they officially threw their hat into the ring for the player right behind him in those rankings.
— #blessed⭐️MVP™ (@Micah_Parsons90) September 7, 2016
That is Penn State commitment Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive end from Harrisburg (Pa.) and the Keystone State’s top prospect in 2018. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Parsons has been verbally pledged to the Nittany Lions since February but he’s hardly been solid in that decision. In recent months, he’s visited Michigan and USC and overall the vibe around the Central Dauphin star has been that he could reopen his recruitment at any time.
Penn State, of course, is working hard to prevent that from happening. Parsons visited Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions season opener last weekend and right now there is no plan for other visits. Expect Larry Johnson Sr. and Urban Meyer to work overtime to try to get him to Columbus soon. The Buckeyes were successful in landing 5-star defensive end Noah Spence from Harrisburg in 2012; can history rewrite itself?
Buckeyes are one to watch with 5-star Houston cornerback
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit in Texas as a number of Division I programs in the Lone Star State appear to be on the ascent, but that’s not stopping Ohio State from making a push for one of the state’s top 2018 players.
Anthony Cook, a 5-star cornerback from Houston’s Lamar High School, has been very vocal about his interest in the Buckeyes since receiving an offer from Ohio State in July.
“After this one I’m not really looking for any more,” Cook told 247Sports.com about his Ohio State offer. “I was excited. That was a big one.”
That sounds good, right? Of course it does, but there’s a lot of time between now and signing day 2018. Brown visited Texas over the weekend for their big season-opening win against Notre Dame, the first college football game he’s ever been to, but he’s working to schedule a visit to Ohio State in the near future. He told recruitingnewsguru.com that the Buckeyes are one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.
Are there any schools pushing harder for you than the others?
“Yes sir. Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, and Baylor. Baylor was at first but since everything that went on communication has stopped. Oklahoma and Texas are in contact with me as well.”
Do you have any upcoming unofficial visits planned?
“I am looking to get to Ohio State for a game, other than that I don’t know.”
Kerry Coombs is the man in charge of Cook’s recruitment.
Troy Brown Jr. discusses his official visit to Ohio State
Thad Matta and the Buckeyes basketball program hosted one of the country’s top players last weekend, Las Vegas 5-star point guard Troy Brown Jr. Brown is 6-foot-6 and isn’t your average high school point guard.
Matta’s success with bigger point guards like D’Angelo Russell and Evan Turner has caught Brown’s attention. That’s one of the things Ohio State is trying to sell him on the most.
“I would say Coach (Thad) Matta has always done a good job with tall guards,” Brown said. “That’s one thing that has always interested me. Ohio State has always been one of those prestigious schools that I thought highly of.”
Outside of Matta’s proficiency at developing those big guards, it’s knowing that Ohio State would have a veteran team around him that makes the situation in Columbus an intriguing one for the country’s 13th-ranked prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.
“I would have an older group around me, being able to play with some guys that have experience,” Brown said. “They would use me as the point guard, being more of a leader and having a bigger role as a freshman … It was a good overall conversation about how he could use me and help me get to the next level.”
Ohio State has one current commitment in their 2017 recruiting class – Westerville (Ohio) South 4-star power forward Kaleb Wesson – and after losing four members of their 2015 signing class to transfer this past spring they’re working hard to find one more difference-maker. What can Brown do for the Buckeyes?
Another Pennsylvania standout earns Buckeyes offer
The Buckeyes were busy in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. After already offering Micah Parsons, they followed that up with an offer to Philadelphia 4-star safety Isheem Young.
— 3k (@Isheemyoung) September 7, 2016
Young is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound defensive back who checks in as the nation’s sixth-ranked safety. The Ohio State offer, his 18th, means the Buckeyes will be competing with Penn State, Florida State, Alabama and others who have already extended him an offer.
The country’s 62nd-ranked 2018 prospect is from the Imhotep Charter Institute in Philadelphia, a high school that Ohio State has made some inroads in in recent years. They were among the top schools for eventual 2016 Florida State signee Naseir Upshur, who committed to the Seminoles and Tim Brewster, who recruits the East Coast for coach Jimbo Fisher’s program.
Young had originally planned to transfer to IMG Academy this past summer but changed his mind and decided to stay home in Pennsylvania. Penn State and Florida State are the two schools leading the way in his recruitment currently, according to the 247Sports.com crystal ball.