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Chances fading with Teradja Mitchell?
That’s the rumor Thursday as it pertains to 4-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell and Ohio State.
A month ago, the Buckeyes were the favorite to land the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker, but they knew they’d need to survive one more visit Mitchell had planned, to Florida State. That visit happened last weekend, and Thursday, 247Sports.com’s Steve Wiltfong, one of the most respected recruiting analysts in the business, flipped his crystal ball from the Buckeyes to the Seminoles.
That’s bad news for Ohio State, which is likely to add (at this point anyway) just one more linebacker in its 2018 class to complement recent commitment Dallas Gant. Mitchell seemed to confirm Thursday that he’s closing in on a decision, though he wouldn’t name a specific date for his commitment.
Decisions, decisions, decisions 🙇🏿 .. Big news coming soon ‼️
— Teradja Mitchell ™⁷ (@WhosThatNumber7) May 18, 2017
“Sometime before June 4,” Mitchell told Land of 10 about his decision. “That’s just a date. I feel like I’ll have my mind made up before then.”
Though there’s no doubt that optimism is fading from Ohio State (one source told Land of 10 on Thursday morning that the Buckeyes “were still swinging”), all does not yet appear to be lost. That is, if we take the 6-foot-2, 243-pound linebacker at his word.
“There’s no leader right now,” he said. “I’m still very high on both teams. It’s very hard (to separate them). They are very similar and they both have what I want in a college.”
Smart money, right now, is on the Seminoles emerging victorious, though Mitchell is doing his best to keep his ultimate decision close to the vest. The last visit is always a big one, though, and all momentum coming out of it has been in Florida State’s favor.
Or is it just a smoke screen?
Ohio State offers 2020 QB from Arizona
In a perfect recruiting world, Urban Meyer knows his football program would never offer a quarterback until he was a senior in high school and Meyer, along with his coaching staff, had been given multiple opportunities to see him throw in person, in conditions, and in game situations.
There’s no such thing as a perfect recruiting world, though. I’m fairly confident that Meyer knows this, but even with that knowledge, it takes a lot to feel confident enough to pull the trigger on an offer for a quarterback.
So, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Buckeyes offered a quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class, you need to know two things. No. 1, Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day has seen him throw in person, and No. 2, Jack Miller has the potential to be very special.
Just received my 6th offer from Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/Daowh5C9uf
— Jack Miller (@2jackmiller) May 17, 2017
As a freshman at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Christian last season, Miller threw for 3,653 yards and 53 touchdowns. Those are eye-popping numbers, but they did come against small-school competition on the east side of Phoenix. This coming season, Miller’s sophomore year, he’ll be at Chaparral High School, which should present a stiffer challenge and a better chance for Miller to develop his game for the college level.
Both local schools, Arizona and Arizona State, have already offered as has Florida State, so the Buckeyes are getting involved at the very beginning of this recruitment in the hope that they’ll be able to develop a relationship that lasts over the next few seasons.
The reviews from those who have seen Miller in action read like this, from Rivals.com’s Adam Gorney, a West Coast analyst.
Miller has perfect size at 6-foot-3 and 203 pounds and he loves to sit in the pocket and zip passes all over the field. What makes him special is that he throws an outstanding and precise deep ball time and time again. What also is great about Miller, especially for a freshman, is his ability to feel pressure, get away from it but not rush and then deliver accurate passes all over the place. His arm strength is without question, and he has great vision to find receivers as they break open.
Very rarely will you find that kind of praise for a player this young. Keep watching Jack Miller.
Buckeyes still in the mix with 4-star Texas safety
Ohio State may have two safeties already committed for 2018 but that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes brand isn’t still drawing the attention of the country’s best prospects.
Thursday, the Buckeyes made the cut for Arp (Texas) 4-star prospect DeMarvion Overshown, who released his top 15 schools on Twitter.
— DeMarvion Overshown (@dee_overshown6) May 18, 2017
Overshown, the country’s 11th-ranked safety, is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete who could project as an outside linebacker at the next level. He’s never visited Ohio State, but the Buckeyes’ presence in Texas and their recent draft success make them an interesting option for any player from the Lone Star State.