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Shaun Wade ready for first official visit
The most intriguing recruiting story of 2017 is just two days away from getting even more interesting. Ohio State commitment Shaun Wade, the country’s third-ranked cornerback, will take his first official visit of the fall when he makes a trip to Notre Dame.
Wade, who committed to Ohio State on Jan. 12, 2015, has been discussing a number of visits, but things appear to be narrowing down to four schools: Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. After months of being recruited by teams from coast to coast, the Wade family is still excited by the opportunities.
“We’re not tired of it yet,” Shaun’s father, Randy, told Landof10.com. “We’re ready to enjoy this weekend and Shaun’s first official visit. Shaun turns 18 on Friday.”
Wade visited Florida two weekends ago, and though the remainder of his officials aren’t yet scheduled, the plan to visit Ohio State twice this fall has changed. The Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy standout will visit Columbus just once because of holiday plans that have changed.
“He’ll visit for Nebraska,” Randy said. “I have family coming Thanksgiving weekend, so no Michigan (visit).”
The elder Wade says there has been no pressure applied to his son by the Ohio State coaching staff but that there’s no doubt they’re looking forward to getting the family back on campus.
“The Ohio State coaches are ready for November,” Wade added. “I’ll just leave it at that.”
Expect to see Shaun Wade at Florida at least one more time this season and for Alabama to get an official visit as well. Beyond that, it’s all a crapshoot as the Buckeyes try to keep him in their top-ranked recruiting class.
Dobbins working to stay upbeat, season status still unknown
After injuring his ankle in the first game of his senior season, La Grange (Texas) running back J.K. Dobbins is doing his best to stay positive though he’s not yet been back on the field for the Jaguars.
“I’m holding up OK,” Dobbins told Landof10. “I never get down. I’ve been through too much to get down about something like this.”
The “something like this,” of course, is the ankle injury that has kept him off the field. The real issue for Dobbins is that he’s still not sure if he’ll be back at all this season.
“I’m not sure if I’ll be back,” he said. “Just have to see.”
In the meantime, the country’s top-ranked all-purpose running back is thinking about his future. He says he’s still solidly committed to Ohio State and has been impressed by what the Buckeyes have done in their first two games. He’s especially happy to see their focus on the run game hasn’t waned.
“Yeah, I knew they were going to do that,” he said when asked if the run game’s success has been a surprise so far. “I can see myself in that role.”
Dobbins has a plan for an official visit to Ohio State. As of now it’s still his only planned visit.
“I’m probably going to go up there for the game against that team up north,” Dobbins said.
Stoneburner still hearing a little bit from Ohio State
Ohio State has very few spots remaining in their 2017 class but one of Ohio’s best remains on their radar … at least a little bit. Last Friday, Urban Meyer was at Dublin Coffman High School to see Fairfield’s Jackson Carman against the Shamrocks, but there was still some time to see Coffman 3-star prospect Caleb Stoneburner.
“I got to say what’s up to him pregame but didn’t see him after,” Stoneburner told Landof10. “I occasionally see him around Dublin and the golf course and will talk to him here and there.”
The message from Meyer to Stoneburner, who is committed to Boston College, about a potential Ohio State offer is a simple one.
“He’s just telling me to hang in there,” he said. “Be patient.”
The younger brother of former Buckeyes tight end Jake Stoneburner, Caleb says he’ll visit Boston College on Oct. 1 but that he’s also hearing from one of the country’s most exciting programs quite a bit lately.
“I’ve been hearing a good amount from Oregon,” the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Stoneburner said. “They want to see me in person and see my first three games. I just sent it to them, so we’ll see what happens from there.”
If Ohio State ends up missing on recent tight end offer Josh Falo and still decides a tight end is vital for 2017, Stoneburner is a player who may draw a second look come November or December.
2019 star wants to hear from the Buckeyes
On Tuesday night, the country’s top-ranked 2019 player – Los Angeles’ Kayvon Thibodeaux – found his way to double-digit scholarship offers.
— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) September 14, 2016
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore at Dorsey High School who has all the makings of a prototypical, 5-star prospect at Thibodeaux has the early offers to back that up.
With offers from Michigan, Miami, Oregon State, Tennessee, Arizona and others, Thibodeaux is likely to end up with an Ohio State offer at some point in the future. At least he hopes so.
“I haven’t heard from Ohio State,” Thibodeaux told Landof10. “I’d like to hear from them, but I haven’t yet. They are considered one of the great powerhouse programs.”
As he begins to look into the future, the Los Angeles product says he’s looking at how efficient schools are at producing NFL talent as one of his primary motivators. That’s one thing about the Buckeyes that has his attention, but he says just seeing the program on TV over the years has helped.
“I would watch their games on TV and they are a great school,” he said. “That’s what caught my eye first.”
Thibodeaux says he’s interested in getting to know the programs all over the country that may have interest in him.
“I’m not against leaving home for college,” he said. “I wish to explore every college that would give me an opportunity.”
Expect Ohio State to be one of those schools eventually.