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Taron Vincent to visit Michigan
Ohio State has been working hard to stay at the top of the list for 2018 5-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent. The country’s top-ranked tackle, Vincent has had the Buckeyes as his favorite for months, citing his relationship with Larry Johnson Sr. as the primary reason. The IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) star told Landof10.com that he and Johnson have been talking as much as they ever have.
“We’ve been talking the same,” Vincent said. “Like usual.”
If there’s one coach that Vincent has a better, longer-standing relationship with than Johnson, it could be Biff Poggi, who is now a staffer at the University of Michigan. Poggi, prior to heading to Ann Arbor, was a legendary head coach at Baltimore’s Gilman School, where the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Vincent spent his freshman year of high school. That connection could be why Vincent – with a 247Sports.com crystal ball that reads 100 percent in the Buckeyes’ favor – will visit Michigan on Oct. 1 for its home game against Wisconsin before ever making a game-day trip to Ohio State, where he has visited multiple times.
Multiple sources have told Landof10.com over the last month-plus that Michigan is going to be a major player in the recruitment of Vincent and to not be surprised if ultimately his decision boils down to the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, though Florida State is most often the team cited as the primary opposition.
As for his junior season at IMG, things couldn’t be going much better for Vincent and the Ascenders.
“It’s been real good,” Vincent said. “I’ve been averaging 10 tackles a game and I have 3 sacks. I can definitely be more productive with getting after the quarterback and get my sacks up, but I like how the team has been playing.”
Vincent said as of now he’s still unsure whether he’ll make it to Ohio State for a game this fall.
Getting to know Texas wideout Brennan Eagles
Ohio State has been working hard in the Lone Star State in recent weeks, especially in the 2018 recruiting class. They’ve recently offered Yoakum’s Joshua Moore, a 4-star prospect with connections to 2017 commitment J.K. Dobbins, and now they’re getting familiar with Brennan Eagles from Houston’s Alief Taylor High School.
“Yeah, I’ve been talking to them lately,” said Eagles, who added his seventh offer, from Ole Miss, on Thursday. “It’s exciting to hear from Ohio State.”
The Buckeyes have not yet offered the 4-star wide receiver but he’s interested in their program. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Eagles said he has paid close attention to Ohio State for a while.
“I hope they do offer,” he said. “I always watch their games and am always paying attention to how they use their wide receivers. I like to consider myself a dominant outside wide receiver and I see how they are developed overall.”
Zach Smith has handled the early recruitment of Eagles.
“We talk every other day,” Eagles said. “We get along really well, just getting to know each other, talking some football.”
Eagles is not getting too far ahead in his recruiting; he’s looking for the right fit as things start to heat up for him.
“I’m looking for a place that I feel welcome, that feels like family and has a good academic program,” he said. “I’m not leaning any direction right now. I’m trying to stay open-minded.”
Okudah, Browning get All-American jerseys
Speaking of Texas, two of the country’s top-ranked uncommitted 2017 prospects, Grand Prairie cornerback Jeffrey Okudah and Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning, are among the earliest players to receive their U.S. Army All-American jerseys. The game, held in San Antonio in January, will go from city to city handing out jerseys to the country’s top players over the next few months.
— Baron Browning (@baronbrwnng) September 22, 2016
— #ArmyBowl Tour (@SelectionTour) September 21, 2016
Earlier this week, Okudah had a Buckeyes visitor and he said the fact that Ohio State got to his school so quickly on its week off – on Monday – means a lot to him.
“(Ohio State safeties coach Greg) Schiano came out,” Okudah told Landof10. “It shows a lot about how they feel about me and it means a lot.”
As for the rumors that he committed to Schiano on Monday? Okudah said that’s not accurate.
“Yeah, that wasn’t true,” Okudah said.
As we talked about here a few nights ago, it’s not a surprise that the rumors would be refuted, but there’s likely more to the smoke than just smoke.
Another linebacker to look for potentially?
Ohio State has been looking to add another linebacker to its 2017 recruiting class – Antjuan Simmons is the only current commitment who is definitely a linebacker in college – and has stayed pretty well focused on the aforementioned Browning and Plano (Texas) East’s Anthony Hines III, the country’s top-ranked inside linebacker.
That doesn’t mean new names may not show up from time to time and we’ve been given a little heads up about one player who could be worth paying attention to down the road. One of those, according to a source in Georgia, could be Grayson High School (Suwanee) 4-star Breon Dixon, a one-time Georgia commitment who reopened his recruitment in mid-August.
“I was told that Urban Meyer hit him (Dixon) up about an hour after he decommitted,” the source said. “He said he’ll officially visit there.”
A 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker, Dixon does not have an Ohio State offer but if Meyer was reaching out it wouldn’t be surprising if one came down the road.