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Shaun Wade trips to Tuscaloosa
Ohio State has procured an official visit from Donovan Peoples-Jones, the country’s top-ranked wide receiver, after Hurricane Matthew forced Peoples-Jones to cancel a planned visit to Florida. But the Buckeyes also had one of their commitments affected by the storm, and that gave one of their top competitors a chance to pick up valuable face-to-face time with him.
Shaun Wade, the country’s third-ranked cornerback and the Buckeyes’ longest-tenured 2017 verbal, used the weekend to escape rain-soaked Jacksonville and visit Montgomery, Ala., to spend time with family. He also stopped at nearby Alabama and visited Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide on Friday before the Tide headed to Arkansas for their game on Saturday.
The visit, an unofficial one, is big because Wade still will visit the Tide later this fall. With Alabama already the slight favorite in this battle, any personal time with its staff has to be considered a blow to the Buckeyes. Wade, one of six 5-star prospects committed to Ohio State, will make his next visit to Columbus on Nov. 5, but he has not scheduled his official visit to Alabama yet.
So, to recap what we’ve said repeatedly: Wade is committed to Ohio State and the Crimson Tide are the biggest, and really the only, threat. Expect a final decision in late November or early December.
Jacob Lacey enjoys visit to Ohio State
The nation’s fourth-ranked 2019 defensive tackle, Bowling Green (Ky.) prospect Jacob Lacey, made his first game-day visit to Ohio State over the weekend.
“It went pretty good,” Lacey said of the trip. “I didn’t get an offer, but I got to speak a lot with (Ohio State defensive line coach) Larry Johnson Sr. He said he is going to watch my game film this week. I’ll give him a call later this week, and we will see. It was great to see an actual game. Overall, it was a very good day.”
Lacey said the best part of the visit was watching how Johnson, who could be his future position coach, dealt with his young defensive linemen.
“I really loved watching Coach Johnson work with his defensive line,” Lacey said. “The game atmosphere was great. I realize it will probably be even crazier when Michigan or big-name teams come in, but the crowd and atmosphere was still awesome.”
After his visit to Ohio State — and trips to Notre Dame, Louisville and Clemson earlier this season — Lacey said he’s taken full advantage of the chance to see a handful of his top options. It has been helpful, but he’s not narrowing his list anytime soon. There’s still a lot to see.
“I’ve seen many of the places I’m interested in and the places that have offered me,” he said. “We will see what happens next year, after the summer camps, but I’m having fun just taking it all in. There are definitely schools that are showing a lot of interest early, but I will just continue to get to know the different schools.”
Kalon Gervin wants to include Buckeyes on his list, waits for an offer
Ohio State’s been a steady force at Detroit Cass Tech High School since the winter of 2013. And because of that, a number of the school’s biggest stars have shown a real interest in the Buckeyes. One of its most dynamic prospects, 2018 defensive back Kalon Gervin, remains very interested in Ohio State but isn’t sure why he hasn’t been offered by the Buckeyes.
“I’m wondering why they haven’t offered,” Gervin, the country’s 14th-ranked athlete, told Landof10. “(Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry) Coombs hits me up weekly but hasn’t offered.”
Gervin is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back for the Technicians, and as you’d expect, is eager to add a Buckeyes offer to a list that already includes Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Penn State and others. He recently released a “top schools” list and it didn’t include Ohio State because he doesn’t want to focus on schools that haven’t offered.
“I really like them,” Gervin said of Ohio State. “They need to hurry up and offer. I can’t keep (Ohio State) visiting for no reason. I’m very familiar with Ohio State, and I’m one of the top defensive backs in the country. It just doesn’t make sense to put a school on a list if they haven’t offered.”
Buckeyes add hoops verbal
In case you missed it, Ohio State’s basketball program added its second commitment to the 2017 recruiting class late Monday morning.
Blessed to announce that I am committing to The Ohio State University to continue my educational & basketball career pic.twitter.com/0ixQ9vuhDU
— Braxton Beverly (@BBeverly10) October 10, 2016
That is Braxton Beverly, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard from Hargrave Military Academy by way of Hazard, Ky. He’s small in stature, and his 3-star status and No. 62 national ranking at his position won’t turn a lot of heads, but he’s an aggressive scorer who put up 70 points in a game last season at Hargrave, where he was a teammate of Ohio State freshman Derek Funderburk.
In an interview with Scout.com’s Brian Snow, Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton said the fit was right for Beverly and the Buckeyes.
“I think it is the perfect fit for Braxton. When he went there on his visit there was no doubt that Ohio State was the right choice for him, and he decided it was the place to continue his education and his basketball career.”
Beverly joins Westerville (Ohio) South’s Kaleb Wesson in Ohio State’s 2017 class. The Buckeyes still hope they can land Las Vegas 5-star forward Troy Brown, the country’s 13th-ranked player. Brown made an official visit to Columbus in early September.