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Ohio State prepares for first big recruiting weekend
After four home games this season, Ohio State has hosted exactly one official visitor: 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who visited the Buckeyes when they hosted Indiana.
The recruiting “season” seems to be kicking off this weekend. Ohio State will host two official visitors (both commitments, 5-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis and 4-star defensive tackle Haskell Garrett) and a number of key unofficial visitors (which we’ll break down later in the week), including 2018 4-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote.
Gaoteote, the country’s top-ranked outside linebacker in 2018, will head east with Garrett, his cousin and teammate at Bishop Gorman. Gaoteote is a player who many people believe will end up signing with Ohio State, and he’s excited about his visit.
“Yes, sir,” Gaoteote told Land of 10 when asked if he was eager for the trip. “I’m excited to just be around the players and coaching staff at Ohio State. I’m interested in seeing what the atmosphere is really like at Ohio State for myself.”
Hines to visit Nov. 5 instead of this weekend?
One player who won’t be at Ohio State this weekend as originally expected is Plano East (Texas) 4-star linebacker Anthony Hines III.
According to sources close to the program, Hines will now visit the Buckeyes officially for their home game against Nebraska and not Northwestern. In the last two weeks, the country’s top-ranked inside linebacker in the 2017 recruiting class has visited Florida and UCLA. Hines had already made an official visit to Penn State and Texas A&M, so the Ohio State visit will be his final official trip.
Last week, we mentioned in this column that sources in Texas believe Hines is all but a done deal for the Aggies, so this visit – and any others he’s taken – could be moot, but it’s a chance for the Buckeyes to make one last pitch regardless.
Over the summer, Hines had become close with Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan, the player he’d presumably replace in the Buckeyes lineup, but the revitalization of Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies may be happening at the right time to keep him home.
Ohio State has one linebacker committed in 2017 – Ann Arbor (Mich.) 4-star prospect Antjuan Simmons – and would like to add at least one more. Hines is expected to make his college decision on Nov. 29, though that could move up with all of his official visits out of the way.
Master Teague excited to see what Buckeyes have to offer
From the “Great Recruiting Name” file: Ohio State will host Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) running back Master Teague this weekend. Teague, a 4-star 2018 prospect who checks in at nearly 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, will make his first trip to Columbus. He told Land of 10 that he began communicating with the Buckeyes through an assistant coach over the summer.
“My coach, Kit Hartsfield, had some contact with (Ohio State running backs coach Tony) Alford at the end of this summer,” Teague said. “We were trying to go to a camp but couldn’t make it up. We thought we would then definitely make it to a game. My coach has been communicating with (director of player personnel Mark) Pantoni and the visit was set up.”
Teague is the country’s 16th-ranked running back in 2018 and Tennessee’s 10th-ranked prospect. He currently holds nine scholarship offers.
“My offers include Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Duke, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State,” he added.
The Buckeyes have one running back currently committed in that class, Tampa (Fla.) 4-star prospect Brian Snead, and are chasing 5-star prospect Zamir White (North Carolina) and Ohio 4-star prospect Jaelen Gill. Can Master Teague get into that mix? He’s hoping to.
“I’ve never been up there before so I’m just looking forward to having a new experience and seeing what Ohio State has to offer,” he added. “I think it’s a great program with a great coach.”
Emory Jones invited to Army All-American Game
Ohio State 2018 quarterback commitment Emory Jones has received his first official invitation to a post-high school career All-American game.
Blessed to get my official invite to the U.S. Army All-American Game ✨ pic.twitter.com/6p4JD8ZCKW
— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) October 26, 2016
Jones, who committed to Ohio State in July, is the country’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class