Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Munford final thoughts
We’ve spoken at length in recent weeks about Ohio State target Thayer Munford, a 4-star offensive lineman from Massillon Washington High School. The gist? If/when Munford is offered by the Buckeyes, he’ll certainly join Ohio State’s second-ranked 2017 recruiting class.
While there’s been no official word from Munford on an offer, or a commitment, multiple sources have confirmed to Land of 10 that – barring something exceptional happening – all systems are a “go” between Ohio State and Munford. There’s no date set for an announcement, and Munford has been muted when it comes to the interest and conversation between he and the Buckeyes, but it’s safe to include him on any/all projected signing day lists.
Recruiting is very fluid of course, but there’s a major need in Ohio State’s recruiting class for another offensive lineman and he’s the best available in the state of Ohio as well as being one of the country’s best.
Moving on at wide receiver
While we’re finishing the story on Thayer Munford, let’s finish the story on Florida 4-star wide receiver James Robinson as well. The Lakeland, Fla., standout did make his official visit to Ohio State this past weekend, as we discussed on Sunday night, but the story was not entirely complete. As you may recall, one source – who spent time with Robinson on the first night of his visit – shared that he felt things were going in a really positive direction.
“He told me he felt like he could commit,” one source who spent time with Robinson told Land of 10. “But I don’t know. I really do think it’s between Ohio State and Florida.”
You can remove the Buckeyes from that list. Though Robinson hasn’t spoken about the trip yet, multiple sources close to the recruitment have told Land of 10 that Ohio State is moving on from this prospect and will focus on other options to complement wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris. There are a few names to know moving foward.
- Oliver Martin • 4-star • Iowa
- Martin was expected to visit last weekend and did not and now Ohio State is one of at least three different schools hoping to see him this coming weekend, the final weekend before signing day.
- Josh Palmer • 3-star • Florida
- A native of Canada, Palmer has been a hot topic on the recruiting trail all over the country since reopening his recruitment just about a week ago. Ohio State has not offered the St. Thomas Aquinas wideout but he’s seen a new offer from Penn State this week and is considering a visit to Notre Dame coming up as well. He recently visited UCLA and Tennessee.
- Elijah Gardiner • 3-star • Texas
- A Missouri commitment, Gardiner was recently offered by Texas and the Longhorns wasted no time visiting him at home to try to get him flipped. The Buckeyes have not offered yet but the 6-foot-5 receiver remains one of the most intriguing remaining options.
Martell among ‘best fits’ at quarterback in 2017
A lot of people have a lot to say about Buckeyes freshman quarterback Tate Martell. He’s too short, he’s too cocky, he’s overrated, he’ll never play at Ohio State, etc. Whatever you hear them say, make sure you know this: Martell is a lot of things, but first and foremost, he’s a really good fit for the offense in Columbus. i
Mike Farrell, the recruiting director at Rivals.com, believes that Martell is one of the 2017 recruiting cycle’s best fits.
Urban Meyer has been successful with many different kinds of quarterbacks, but when you look at what J.T. Barrett does well, Martell fits in perfectly. He can extend the play, he can run when needed and he does a good job creating passing lanes. The biggest question is whether Martell will be patient enough to wait his turn if he needs to, but if he settles into the Buckeyes offense then watch out.
Martell is already on campus at Ohio State and looks to compete for his shot at playing this time spring. Can he challenge J.T. Barrett, Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins? That’s probably not likely immediately, but the three-time national champion from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School didn’t pick Ohio State just to sit the bench.
Baron Browning bio from Ohio State
From today through signing day, the official Ohio State football Twitter account will feature one of the program’s early enrolled freshman in a vignette produced by the Buckeyes video team.
Check out Monday’s iteration: 5-star linebacker Baron Browning, who committed to Ohio State on Dec. 1.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) January 23, 2017