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Wyatt Davis enjoys Ohio State official visit
One of the summer’s biggest recruiting surprises was how quickly Ohio State went from an outside contender for – to the program that landed – California 5-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis. The country’s top-ranked guard committed to the Buckeyes just one week after his first visit the campus back in June. This past weekend he returned for the first time since offering that verbal pledge.
“It was great,” Davis said of his official visit to Ohio State. “I loved everything about it. So did my parents.”
There’s been no waffling from Davis since his commitment. After this weekend, it appears that he is 100 percent on track for him to sign with the Buckeyes in February.
“It’s like a huge family,” Davis said of what stood out to him about his visit. “Everyone looks out for each other. Everyone was comfortable there. It felt like home.”
Could Buckeyes look to JUCO ranks for inside linebacker?
One of the more interesting recruiting subplots for Ohio State is the pursuit of another linebacker for 2017. While the majority of focus has been on Texans Baron Browning and Anthony Hines III, another linebacker – and an Alabama commitment – has been on the back burner for a while. His name is Gary Johnson, the country’s third-ranked junior college prospect and top-ranked JUCO linebacker. He’s out of Birmingham (Ala.) and, until Sunday, he was committed to the Crimson Tide.
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While the circumstances around his commitment and subsequent decommitment are foggy – initial reports are that an online class he’s taken was ruled impermissible – it will be interesting to see if Ohio State makes a run at the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker. The Buckeyes could use an inside linebacker in this class. Would Johnson be more college ready than any high school player out there?
Anthony Hines III, the top-ranked inside linebacker among the prep ranks, is expected to visit Ohio State officially this coming weekend but all indications are that he’s leaning toward staying home and choosing Texas A&M.
Master Teague talks trip to Columbus
Last Friday, we introduced Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman 2018 running back Master Teague as he prepared to visit Ohio State.
“I thought it was a great visit,” Teague said. “I had a great time and enjoyed experiencing Ohio State’s environment and meeting coaches.”
The chance to meet those coaches was the highlight of the trip for the country’s 16th-ranked 2018 prospect.
“Being able to be on the sideline with the coaches before the game while the team was warming up stood out,” he said. “I got to meet with Urban Meyer and I got to meet (running backs coach Tony) Alford. I really enjoyed the time I got to spend with the team before and after the game.”
Ohio State offered Teague’s teammate during the visit – 2019 wideout Trey Knox – but there’s been no offer extended yet to the 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back.
“Coach Meyer said he really liked my film,” said Teague, speaking of Ohio State’s message to him. “They want to continue watching and recruiting me and for me to keep in touch with them. It would be great for me to get an offer from Ohio State. I am thankful for all of my offers, but I know that Ohio State is one of the top programs in the country.”
Indiana 2018 tight end Anthony Torres visits Ohio State
During the summer, Ohio State hosted a little-known tight end from outside of South Bend, Ind., for a one-day summer camp and, though he didn’t leave with an offer, he certainly turned heads in Columbus.Anthony Torres had returned to see the Buckeyes for Friday Night Lights in July before arriving this weekend for a game against Northwestern.
“It went really well, definitely one of the most impressive visits I’ve been on,” Torres said. “I got a good amount of time with the coaches in my opinion. At the team hotel, they had a few of the recruits and I go into pregame meeting, which was really cool, as well as the skull session, that was really cool.”
Torres is a 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end – his brother Austin plays basketball for Notre Dame – is a former neighbor of Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford. He spent some time with Alford, and tight ends coach Ed Warinner on Saturday, but not much.
“I didn’t talk to Ed Warinner that much,” Torres said. “He was just glad that I could make it. Coach Alford didn’t say much about where I stand in the recruiting process either. I think this off season they will be more interested because I’m playing for a seven-0n-seven team that won nationals two years ago.”
That team, AWP Sports Training, is a team that current Buckeyes freshman Austin Mack played on. The primary trainer for the group, Dre Muhammed, is a very familiar name around Ohio State. For Torres, the upcoming spring and summer will tell the tale in his recruitment.
“My high school (Penn High School) has a lot of success running the ball, so we run the ball a lot,” he said. “I’ve been working Sundays with Dre since I’m in season, but once the season’s over I’ll probably be working two to three times a week with him. I’ve already been seeing big improvements since I’ve started with him. This offseason will be huge for me. Seven-on-seven film will help, along with camps.”