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Florida tight end Zach Sheffer to visit Buckeyes
In a year that will likely see a lot of intrigue in recruiting, one usually quiet position for the Buckeyes could be among the most interesting. That is the tight end position. All week we’ve been talking to, and about, a number of different options at the position for Ohio State, and tonight will be no different. One of the Buckeyes’ top targets is Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.) prospect Zach Sheffer, and he told Land of 10 that he has plans to be in Columbus in the near future.
“I talk or text with (Ohio State) every day,” Sheffer said. “I talk with (tight ends coach/offensive coordinator Kevin) Wilson, (Urban) Meyer and (quarterbacks coach Ryan) Day. I’m coming up there with my family March 31 and April 1.”
To speak with the Buckeyes that often means the illustrious Big Ten program must have a pretty high opinion of the country’s 16th-ranked tight end. The 3-star prospect from Nease High School (Tim Tebow’s alma mater) says it’s because he’s a tight end who can do it all.
“They tell me how much they like my versatility,” Sheffer added. “They tell me that I’m a great fit for what they’re looking for because I can receive and block equally well.”
For the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Sheffer, the trip to Ohio next month will be his first to the school and he’s looking forward to seeing what the Buckeyes have to offer.
“I’ll be there two full days,” he said. “I get in Friday morning and will leave Sunday. I will just be going to Ohio State on that trip.”
What will be the deciding factors in his choice, whenever he makes it?
“I’m looking for how I will be used in the offense, and my relationship with the coaches,” he added. “Then it’s the game-day environment and the alumni base, the facilities and the campus. It’s just about an overall fit.”
Jamarcus Chatman hoping to hear from Ohio State
It’s slightly unusual for a top-15 defensive end prospect to be so under the radar but there’s no doubt that’s the case with Jamarcus Chatman from Rome, Ga. He has scholarship offers from Miami, BYU, Colorado State, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers, UCF and a host of others, but the names you’d expect to see on the list of a 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive end from the Peach State are noticeable in their absence.
Those absences are even more peculiar when you look at Chatman’s highlight film, because he appears to be big, fast and very mean. That’s usually a pretty good recipe for a defensive lineman in the heart of SEC country.
Ohio State is one of the schools that Chatman and his family are hoping to hear from.
“He loves Ohio State,” Jamar Chatman, the older brother of the country’s 14th-ranked defensive end, told Land of 10. “It’s a powerhouse and we love their style of defense. We don’t have any ties up there, he’s just looking for the best fit.”
Despite lacking any offers from the “big boys” of college football, there’s contact happening with many elite programs.
“He’s communicating with Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and some more,” Jamar said. “But again, he’s looking for the right fit. It’s about education first. He was on the honor roll this past semester and is on track to again, then he’s looking for a great coaching staff that will take his game over the top. Ohio State has all of that.”
Erasmus Hall wide receiver maintains steady contact with Urban Meyer, Buckeyes
Ohio State offered Aron Cruickshank, a 2018 wide receiver from Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall High School, a month ago, and he’s had continued contact with the Buckeyes since.
“I’m texting with Ohio State coaches almost every day,” the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Cruickshank told Land of 10. “I talk to (defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano and other coaches. We talk mostly about regular things outside of football.”
Erasmus Hall is the school that provided Ohio State with Curtis Samuel and 2016 signee Jahsen Wint, but the country’s 27th-ranked athlete says he’s not getting much pressure or talk about Ohio State from them.
“They don’t say much (about Ohio State) to me,” he said. “I know that I can talk to them if I need to.”
Ohio State offers Florida State commitment
Any player who is committed to any school this early in the recruiting process is going to add news offers, and Ohio State sure isn’t going to back off of any player it has interest in.
Hence the recent offer to South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) two-way lineman Robert Cooper, who has been committed to Florida State since June 2016. Cooper is the country’s eighth-ranked defensive tackle but can also play on the interior of the offensive line.
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There are a few schools in the country, with Ohio State being one of them, that will always draw some interest if they offer a prospect, and Cooper no doubt will consider the Buckeyes for a visit if he decides to look around. There are few offers bigger than Ohio State, and there are few defensive tackles bigger than the 6-foot-1, 350-pound Cooper.
Ohio State joins Florida, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma among the schools trying to sway Cooper away from the Seminoles.