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What’s up with McKinney, Paschal?
Two 4-star 2017 prospects that we’ve discussed a bit lately will not visit Ohio State this weekend as originally expected. Defensive back Xavier McKinney, who told Land of 10 last month he’d visit Ohio twice in November, will not be in Columbus this weekend.
“I will not be up there this weekend,” McKinney said. “I will be up there for the Michigan game.”
The country’s eighth-ranked safety’s absence this weekend could be tied to the official visit of Bubba Bolden, another 4-star safety. With limited space in its 2017 recruiting class, Ohio State could be trying to separate the trips of its choices in the secondary. Bolden, a teammate of three Ohio State verbals, may get the first shot at joining the class.
What about Maryland defensive lineman Joshua Paschal? He was expected to visit Ohio State with his good friend and fellow Maryland standout Chase Young, but he will instead head to Kentucky this weekend. His brother, TraVaughn, played at Kentucky from 2011-15, and while he’s checking out the Wildcats Paschal will take the time to see family. Like McKinney, Pashcal said his first trip to Ohio State will now happen the weekend of Nov. 26.
Speaking of Kentucky …
Josh Paschal isn’t the only potential Buckeyes recruit who will be in Lexington this weekend. In fact, Mark Stoops and his football program will be hosting a number of Ohio prospects with Ohio State interest. Who will be heading south from Ohio to the Big Blue Nation this weekend?
- 4-star 2017 athlete Lynn Bowden
- 4-star 2017 wide receiver Danny Davis
- 4-star wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith
- 4-star wide receiver Joseph Scates
- 4-star tight end/defensive lineman Leonard Taylor
- 4-star defensive end Malik Vann
- 4-star linebacker Christopher Oats
- 3-star offensive lineman Blaine Scott
- 3-star defensive end Alex Reigelsperger
Now, you’re probably wondering why Christopher Oats is on that list when he was on this list just 24 hours ago? Because things change, OK, that’s why. Recruiting is pretty fluid, you know? Why is he visiting Kentucky instead of Ohio State?
“I’m going to visit Kentucky,” Oats told Landof10.com. “Because I’ve not been to a game yet at Kentucky and I wanted to go watch them play.”
Fairly cut and dried, yes? However, there’s something that you can see if you look closely at the list of prospects heading to Lexington. Kentucky has made a living in the last few years trying to A) land the best players from Ohio that the Buckeyes weren’t going after and B) get a head start on the guys Ohio State could offer to try to win the relationship game. Now, when you look at players like Bowden and Davis, it’s obvious the Buckeyes are not going to offer them at this point. Kentucky has verbals from five of the top 26 players in Ohio and it’s looking to add more.
But what of the 2018 stars on the list? Ohio State has offered Blue Smith, Leonard Taylor and Christopher Oats. Is it a sign that the Wildcats are getting ahead as the Buckeyes look nationally at the position those kids play?
Something to watch, no doubt.
Louisville 2019 star loved Ohio State visit
While Kentucky hosts a handful of Buckeyes prospects this weekend, Ohio State hosted one of the Bluegrass State’s best prospects last weekend.
His name is Aidan Robbins, and he’s a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore at Louisville’s Dupont Manual High School. Though he’s still waiting on his first offer, Robbins got a chance to see what the Buckeyes were all about last weekend.
“It was great and more than I expected,” Robbins told Land of 10. “From the band, the treatment from the fans and the staff, I have never been in such a fantastic football-oriented environment. Ohio State is for sure a school that I have a strong interest in and will continue to grow with. That is a dream offer as well. They gave me an experience I will never forget.”
A running back and defensive end at Dupont Manual, Robbins is just starting to get his recruitment underway.
“No schools have offered,” he said. “However, I have garnered strong interest from ACC and SEC school being early in the recruiting process. Ohio State has strong interest in me as well. I’m going to continue to work hard and let the recruiting process take care of itself.”
Amusingly enough, Robbins isn’t even really sure how the Ohio State coaching staff stumbled upon his talents.
“I am not exactly sure how (Ohio State) heard about me,” Robbins said. “I assume it was word of mouth. They contacted my coach, and next thing you know I’m here. I couldn’t be happier about their interest. It’s a blessing.”
Do you want to watch Chase Young and Josh Paschal play tonight?
It’s Friday night and that means there’s high school football on TV.
(Because FRIDAY NIGHTS ARE FOR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, DO YOU HEAR ME, BIG TEN?)
This weekend, before he heads to Ohio State for an unofficial visit, 5-star defensive end Chase Young will be on national TV. You can watch Young and his DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) teammates as they take on Josh Paschal and Olney (Md.) Good Counsel on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET Friday.
— #GC2K16 (@gcfootball) November 4, 2016
It’s a great opportunity to watch one of the country’s best teams in DeMatha and one, or maybe two, future Buckeyes.