Dotting the ‘Eyes: Top 2018 defensive back won’t visit this weekend but a Michigan commitment will
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Woodbey will delay his visit
The Buckeyes are hoping to land their first 2018 commitment this weekend at Friday Night Lights but one of the top candidates to become that guy won’t make it to Columbus after all. Earlier this week, he told Landof10 that he thought things were in place, but that has fallen through.
“I’ll be going there on Thursday most likely, if everything goes to plan,” Woodbey told Landof10.
Unfortunately for the nation’s 31st-ranked 2018 prospect, the plan didn’t come to fruition.
“I’m very bummed out,” Woodbey said. “There was just no one else that could go this week.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound USC legacy had hoped to make the visit with his teammate at St. John’s Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Ohio State commitment Wyatt Davis, but Davis told Landof10 he had more pressing issues.
“It’s my grandfather’s birthday this weekend,” Davis said. “So I won’t be going.”
That does not mean Woodbey’s chances of a summer visit are completely off, however. He says that he’s going to try and arrange a trip for weekend of July 29-30.
“Right now, I’d say there’s a 50/50 chance I make it next week,” Woodbey added. “I know Ohio State isn’t stressing.”
Leonard Taylor on campus this weekend
When he committed to Michigan in April, it was widely assumed that the recruiting process for Springfield (Ohio) 2018 lineman Leonard Taylor had really just begun. The country’s 23rd-ranked defensive tackle visited Ohio State just two weeks after his verbal to Michigan – wearing all Buckeyes gear no less – and then visited Michigan State a week after that. He’s not been back to Ann Arbor since he committed and his 247Sports.com crystal ball reads 71-percent in the Buckeyes favor, with an admittedly scarce number of predictions. This weekend, Taylor will head back to Columbus for Friday Night Lights and spend some time camping with the Buckeyes.
@OSUBuckeyes_Fan I'll be attending Friday Night Lights this weekend!
— Leonard Taylor (@Lenny_T_20) July 19, 2016
Taylor, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound athlete that could play offense or defense in college is likely to work out with Larry Johnson, Sr. and the defensive linemen at Ohio Stadium on Friday night. He says he’s got one thing in mind for this visit, and it’s not recruiting.
“Things are going good,” Taylor told Landof10. “I’m just trying to get better.”
Ohio State in Top 10 for West Coast 2018 tight end
Ohio State has not offered Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) tight end Brevin Jordan yet, but they still find themselves in the country’s third-ranked tight end’s Top 10 schools list, which he released last night on Twitter.
Y'all knew it was coming , waiting on Ohio state still.. But Top 10, List may change based off future offers.. 👀 pic.twitter.com/ajMjIFMb1f
— BRÉVÎÑ Ł. JØRDÅÑ ® (@Brevinjordan) July 20, 2016
Jordan, a teammate of two Buckeyes commitments, Tate Martell and Haskell Garrett, said the reasons he included Ohio State on that list is a relative no-brainer.
“It’s The Ohio State,” Jordan told Landof10. “Think about it, out of all the schools in this beautiful country that haven’t offered, and there’s a lot of great schools, I only put Ohio state on there. My quarterback is going there, and I can say Tate is a great recruiter. I like the style of play there because their tight ends are NFL-ready out of college. It’s just a great school.”
The last three Buckeyes tight ends (Jake Stoneburner, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett) have been drafted into the NFL and that’s something that has caught Jordan’s eye. Beyond that, he’s just hoping to hear more from Ohio State’s coaches, at least as much as he does from his teammates, but he knows that can’t really happen until September 1.
“Ohio State can’t really contact me until September 1, (Buckeyes wide receiver coach Zach) Smith came out to Gorman not too long ago to visit, but I was sick that day.” Jordan said. “Tate and Haskell tell me if you want to go pro – and you don’t want to go down south – Ohio State is the place to be.”
The Buckeyes will have three of their top 2018 tight end targets on campus for Friday Night Lights this weekend, including Pickerington (Ohio) Central’s Trent Gillison, who – like Jordan – is still hoping for an offer. Ohio State is going to be looking to take two tight ends in that class so it will be interesting to see if they get their hat into the ring for Jordan, especially considering he’s at a developing pipeline at Bishop Gorman.
Breaking down 247Sports.com rankings changes after The Opening
The Buckeyes had 11 players selected for Nike’s The Opening – which took place at the Swoosh’s world headquarters earlier this month – and now the major recruiting services are updating their rankings to reflect what they “saw” during the event.
First and foremost, let’s make sure to underscore one important point: that’s flat out silly. I’m not suggesting that you can’t get a “feel” for a player during a shorts and t-shirts event, because you can get some valuable input from it. I am saying that there’s no way that years-long evaluation, whether it be game tape or in-person, should be wiped out based on that kind of event. Anyway, it’s the way the recruiting business is and it happens after all these events because otherwise, there’d be a shortage of things to talk about, right?
247Sports.com updated their rankings and a number of Ohio State commitments were impacted, some seeing a bump and a handful of others taking a bit of a tumble.
Here are the Ohio State verbals that moved up in the 247 rankings.
- Running back J.K. Dobbins moved up 29 spots to No. 27 in the 247 rankings, now No. 44 in the composite rankings.
- Defensive tackle Haskell Garrett went up eight spots to No. 50 and No. 64 in the composite rankings.
- Defensive back Isaiah Pryor jumped two spots to No. 54, which puts the 4-star safety at No. 45 in the composite.
This is where, if you’re a Buckeye fan, things may become a touch irritating. There are some irrational drops here in my opinion, but that’s the nature of a beast that tends to favor uncommitted prospects as the recruiting season (read: ratings for All-American games and pageviews that are needed) heats up.
- Defensive back Shaun Wade is a now a 4-star prospect on 247, dropping five spots to No. 33, which moves him to No. 17 in the composite rankings.
- Offensive lineman Wyatt Davis is now No. 36 in the 247 database and No. 15 overall, dropping seven spots.
- Injured tackle Jake Moretti dropped two spots to No. 41 and is now No. 66 in the composite rankings.
- Defensive back/athlete Brendon White inexplicably dropped 18 places to No. 70 and fell to No. 106 in the composite.
- After a subpar day throwing the ball at Nike, Tate Martell tumbled 46 spots to No. 103 on the 247Sports rankings, moving him to No. 43 in the composite rankings. He’s now the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback behind Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa.
- Another huge drop that makes little sense, defensive back Marcus Williamson is now No. 157 on the 247Sports rankings, falling 25 spots. He’s now the country’s 18th-ranked cornerback.
- Defensive tackle Jerron Cage dropped 30 spots to No. 165 and No. 220 in the composite rankings.
- Quarterback Danny Clark was dropped to a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, who moved him to No. 481 nationally. He’s also now a 3-star prospect in the composite rankings.
Despite the big drops for a number of their commitments, Ohio State maintained the top overall position in the national team rankings. The Buckeyes could get a big bump this weekend if they – as expected – pull in a commitment from Cincinnati Colerain defensive back Amir Riep, the country’s 117th-ranked prospect and 15th-ranked cornerback.