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Final feel on Marvin Wilson
There are times in recruiting – and in covering it – where it’s OK to say you’re not sure about something. So, stating that, let me preface this segment with this one thought:
I’m not sure about Marvin Wilson’s decision.
Wilson is a 5-star defensive tackle from Bellaire, Texas, ranked as the nation’s best player at his position. He’s a player that most people believe will head to LSU, though rumblings of a higher-than-expected Florida State involvement have persisted for months.
It’s easy to find reasons that Wilson should pick the Buckeyes, but as we learned last year with Rashard Lawrence, some recruitments don’t boil down to what makes “sense.” Here’s what I wrote about Lawrence last year, and much of it also rings true for Marvin Wilson this year.
Despite all that and multiple trips to Ohio with his family, Lawrence picked LSU. This year, the Tigers don’t have as many commitments from defensive linemen (four), but LSU’s brand is huge in the Houston area and it’s the closest school to home.
Florida State has been a defensive lineman’s dream in recent years, and Tim Brewster has recruited Houston very well and Wilson is close with a number of players heading there.
I have spoken to a number of sources close to the Buckeyes about Wilson in the last week and though no one is “confident” they’ll land him, no one is out-and-out saying they won’t. I’ve spoken to recruits in Texas who say Wilson is completely confused. Some say it’s Ohio State, some say it’s Florida State, some say it’s LSU. On Monday night, a tweet from a Sugar Land, Texas, account suggested the Buckeyes were in the lead.
I'm told by a source close to Marvin Wilson that he's leaning toward…Ohio State. LSU/Bama/FSU/UT also in the mix. 2 days till #signingday
— Will Scott (@WScottSports) January 31, 2017
I don’t believe it, and though I – like Fox Mulder – want to believe, I just can’t.
I believe Wilson will pick Florida State or LSU. I’m not sure which, but that doesn’t mean I’d be completely shocked if he picked Ohio State. Larry Johnson and Urban Meyer are hard to bet against and they will land one of these monster defensive tackles from somewhere-other-than-Ohio at some point, I just don’t think it’s now.
Which leads me to …
Ohio State has been at the top of the list for the country’s third-ranked defensive tackle for months, sitting side by side with Utah and earning the label as the “if he heads out of state, it’s probably them” school.
I disagree. I think it’s USC that will land Tufele on Wednesday. The Trojans offer him the same quality of football and potential to win championships as Ohio State does and do so significantly closer to home in Utah.
The Buckeyes put in a ton of time and good work getting close to Tufele and his family, but it just feels like the situation at USC offers him an excellent compromise.
The last thoughts on Thayer Munford
Ohio State is still the leader in the clubhouse to land 4-star offensive lineman Thayer Munford from Massillon Washington High School.
Munford has been quiet since his official visit to Columbus the weekend of Jan. 20 but made a second trip to Ohio State the following weekend rather than visiting any of his other options. That alone is a pretty solid signal that – if he has received the scholarship offer that has been rumored – he’s going to pick a hat with a Block O on it sometime Wednesday.
While there’s been no official timeline announced for Munford, speculation a week ago was that an announcement could come around 1 p.m. ET.
Rumors of 5-star flips
We’re almost to the finish line and that means a few last-ditch efforts by teams around the country to try to steal Ohio State’s commitments.
This week, the rumor mill is heating up around Chase Young, a 5-star defensive end from Maryland who has been committed to the Buckeyes since July. Last week, Young’s good friend and teammate at DeMatha Catholic, running back Anthony McFarland, committed to the Terrapins, and that has sent fans on the East Coast into a tailspin talking about Turtle Power.
If you ask Young, it’s not happening.
“I’m signing with Ohio State,” Young told Land of 10 on Tuesday afternoon. “They’re just talking.”
In a pretty fun interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Hiserman, Davis reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State – again – and defended his decision to be a Buckeye.
So is that what really is, kind of a ruse that you’re trying to fool everybody in Southern California into thinking you’re going to Ohio State, and then you’re going to pick one of the local schools and prove to Hollywood what a great actor you are?
No, me and Hollywood … I’ve never been an actor. I wish I was, but I’m not pulling no acting stunt. I’m going to THE Ohio State.
Read the interview, it’s got a video in it, and come to your own conclusion about whether or not Davis will flip.
Relax, breathe easy and join Land of 10 for a stress-free NSD
So, there’s the drama that’s possible Wednesday with Ohio State on National Signing Day. It should be a relatively easy morning for the Buckeyes and we’d like to invite you to be here with us at Land of 10 throughout the day.
We’ll start here bright and early, kicking off a live blog at 7 a.m. ET as the first letters of intent make their way across the fax machine at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. We’ll update you every time a LOI is received and share insight and discussion with you about the newest Buckeyes.
I’ll be on the radio a few times throughout the day on Wednesday, starting at 7:20 a.m. in Toledo on 1230AM WCWA. I’ll be on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus at 10:42 a.m. ET and again at 6:10 p.m. ET. If you’re able, be sure to tune in.
At 11:15 a.m., Land of 10 will be at Ohio State and a number of media opportunities will give us a chance to really dive into signing day.
- 11:15 a.m. ET: Ohio State early enrollees who are not in class will be made available to the media for the first time.
- 12 p.m. ET: Urban Meyer will be on 97.1 The Fan.
- 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET: Ohio State assistant coaches Billy Davis, Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson will be on 97.1 The Fan.
- 2 p.m. ET – Urban Meyer will greet the media from the team meeting room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The press conference will be streamed lived.
- 2:20 p.m. ET – Ohio State director of player personnel Mark Pantoni will be available for the media.
At 7 p.m. ET, rather than a written version of Dotting the ‘Eyes as usual, I’ll be running a Facebook Live from our Ohio State Land of 10 Facebook page. So join me there and bring your questions, comments and best discussion.
Thanks for sticking with us tonight, tomorrow and in the future.