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Taron Vincent talking ’bout the ‘Noles?
Are you ready for more drama around the Buckeyes’ top defensive tackle prospects? If you are, the 2018 recruiting cycle may be just the thing for you.
On Saturday, we spoke briefly about that position – one that seemingly has been more challenging for the Buckeyes to recruit than others – with a spotlight on IMG Academy’s Taron Vincent.
This weekend Vincent, the nation’s top-ranked defensive tackle prospect, took an unofficial visit to Florida State. Almost as soon as that visit was finished, the 247Sports.com crystal balls began rolling in, linking the 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman and the Seminoles.
Now, as you can see on that grid, the Buckeyes are still in the prediction lead for Vincent, but things are tightening considerably. Florida State, led by defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins, has been a proverbial thorn in the side of the Buckeyes in recent years with defensive tackle recruiting, the latest example being 2017 Texas 5-star prospect Marvin Wilson, who picked the ‘Noles over Ohio State on Feb. 1.
There is plenty of time left in the race for Vincent, and he is expected to make a spring visit to Ohio State before he dives too deep into a potential decision. Vincent originally is from Maryland, so while the Florida State connection he’s acquired through IMG, located in Bradenton, Fla., is worth noting, don’t expect him to be a prospect that’s too bothered by the idea of heading north for college.
Trey Knox still loving Ohio State
The Buckeyes are looking for a handful of receivers in 2018, but they’ve not wasted any time recruiting wideouts for 2019, either.
Ohio State has been working hard to land the Georgia duo of Jadon Haselwood (more on him later this week) and 5-star prospect Jashawn Sheffield. But it’s been just as active with Tennessee’s Trey Knox, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect out of Murfreesboro’s Blackman High School. Knox visited Ohio State this past football season and picked up an offer from the Buckeyes during that late October trip.
The country’s 13th-ranked 2019 wide receiver says he’s hoping to return to Columbus sometime in the near future.
“I’m looking to go to Florida and Ohio State,” Knox told Land of 10. “Ohio State is high on my list.”
Urban Meyer and Buckeyes running backs coach Tony Alford were at Blackman High in mid-January, and though interaction with Knox – as a 2019 prospect – is limited, they’ve managed to get their message across to him.
“Ohio State comes to my school a lot,” he said. “I think they see that I can be one of the best receivers in the country. Coach Alford was saying he can’t wait until I’m the best receiver in the land.”
Buckeyes had busy week of offering prospects
We are about six weeks away from the spring evaluation period – where coaches can see prospects in person – but Ohio State isn’t waiting to see kids before offering. The Buckeyes extended a number of new offers this past week in the 2018 class, and even the 2019 class. We’ll start with a brief examination of the lone 2019 offer.
Bo Nix | Scottsboro (Ala.) | ★★★★
— Bo Nix (@bo_nix10) February 22, 2017
Nix is the country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect in the 2019 class. His father, Patrick, played quarterback at Auburn from 1992-95 and is the high school football coach at Scottsboro. The elder Nix was an offensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes in 2007-2008.
Al’vonte Woodward | Houston Lamar High School | ★★★★
— A.Woodard⁴ (@Vonte_4) February 23, 2017
Ohio State continues to work hard in the Lone Star State, and the latest offer to Houston wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard is another example of that. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Woodard has 24 scholarship offers and is the 15th-ranked wideout in the class of 2018.
Kearis Jackson | Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County | ★★★★
— ~ⓚⓔⓐⓡⓘⓢ~® (@king_kearis) February 22, 2017
One of Georgia’s most dynamic athletes and the ninth-ranked player in the Peach State is recent Ohio State offer Kearis Jackson. Jackson is a 6-foot, 200-pound playmaker with almost 20 offers. As with any player from Georgia, the home-state Bulldogs are going to be tough to beat for this 2018 standout.
Tommy Togiai | Pocatello (Idaho) Highland | ★★★★
— Tommy Togiai (@Big_Tom71) February 22, 2017
A 2018 defensive tackle out of the little-offered state of Idaho, Meyer himself made the call to Tommy Togiai this week. The country’s 10th-ranked tackle, Togiai has offers from Michigan, USC and Washington, and is a prospect that will be moving up the national rankings soon.
John Campbell | Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips | ★★★
— J C A M P™ (@_jcamp74) February 19, 2017
A prototypical offensive tackle, 6-foot-5, 285-pound John Campbell has 32 scholarship offers but is ranked “only” as the country’s 55th-best at his position. That will likely change, because having schools like Ohio State, Auburn, Florida and most of the big boys in the SEC chasing you is a sign you might be pretty good.
Jayson Ademilola | St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) | ★★★★
Received an offer from The Ohio State University!! pic.twitter.com/a182OUmvJy
— Jayson k. Ademilola (@jaysonademilola) February 20, 2017
A Notre Dame commitment since last June, Ademilola is the nation’s 21st-ranked defensive tackle, checking in at 6-foot-3, 283-pounds. If Notre Dame struggles once more in 2017, then perhaps a door could open for the Buckeyes or another program to make a move.