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Jackson Carman enjoys his ‘own little junior day’
Ohio’s top 2018 prospect, offensive lineman Jackson Carman, was unable to make it to the Buckeyes’ junior day the weekend of Jan. 28. On that Saturday afternoon, Ohio State hosted a handful of its top targets, but not Carman.
So on Saturday, OSU decided to give the country’s top-ranked offensive tackle another shot. Carman visited Ohio State with his 4-star teammate, ILB Malik Vann.
“It was fun,” Carman said of the visit. “It was my own little junior day.”
Ohio State has made Carman its top offensive priority in the 2018 class and that’s not changing anytime soon. He said that the Buckeyes’ efforts aren’t shocking.
“Nothing they do is a surprise at this point,” said Carman, who is from Fairfield, near Cincinnati.
There’s no doubt that Carman is Ohio State’s top offensive line target for 2018, but there can be a case made that his value is even greater than that. He could be the most important Ohio recruit in Urban Meyer’s tenure in Columbus.
Jamarco Jones is entering his final season as a Buckeye, and the depth behind him is a bit concerning. Outside of Isaiah Prince – who will look to bounce back as a third-year junior – manning the right tackle spot, the position is filled with question marks…
Given the current personnel, it’s easy to see why a talent such as Carman can be labeled as a must-get target for Meyer and the Ohio State offense. When it comes to potentially being the left tackle of the future, he checks all of the boxes and could be a lynchpin along Greg Studrawa’s offensive front.
Hard to argue with that.
Lorenzo Lingard’s primary reason for Miami commitment
One of the country’s best running backs had the Buckeyes at the top of his list following his first visit to Ohio State.
“Yes, they’re No. 1,” Lingard told Land of 10 in November. “I really loved it there. The crowd, the speech Urban Meyer gave before the game, the fans. I got in quality time with their coaches. I knew the program was different from comparing to others. Their program is very elite.”
Despite those platitudes, Lingard committed to Miami on Thursday. His family and friends being around and able to watch him play regularly was a primary reason.
“Location,” Lingard told Land of 10 when asked about his decision. “(I was) just really thinking about how I can add value to myself, in the state I grew up in and around people that know me and can see me play.”
Ohio State won’t give up its pursuit of Lingard, and neither will any other schools. But right now it’s the hometown Hurricanes for the 5-star Floridian.
Ohio State getting to know Dayton 3-star athlete
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, we took a look at some names to watch at running back in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class. One of the lesser-known prospects on the list is Dayton Dunbar’s Tavion Thomas, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete who also plays linebacker. As a junior for the Wolverines, Thomas rushed for 1,606 yards and 17 scores en route to being named first-team all-state.
He’s been hearing from Ohio State … a little.
“Coach Tony Alford really wants to build a relationship with me,” Thomas told Land of 10. “He’s been sending me a lot of stuff. I love it. I’ve talked to him and (offensive line coach Greg) Studrawa. I could see me being really successful at Ohio State.”
Thomas visited Columbus a few months back with teammate JoJo Scates, a Michigan State commit. He wasn’t really being recruited by the Buckeyes then, but says that the Ohio State coaches are interested in getting him back to campus soon.
“They’re trying to get me up there,” he said. “When I went before it was all so fast, and I was with JoJo. Ohio State had just started to recruit me. An Ohio State offer would mean a lot.”
The Buckeyes haven’t offered – and likely won’t unless they see Thomas at a camp or two this summer – but a handful of Big Ten schools and regional schools are involved already.
“Wisconsin and Cincinnati really, and Kentucky,” Thomas said when asked what schools he’s hearing from the most. “They’re really talking to me almost every day, new schools who are talking to me now are Pitt, Rutgers … and I talked to Mississippi State Saturday as well. Michigan came in and saw me as well.”
If you like big, fast running backs out of Ohio and want another one on the Buckeyes roster in the near future, Thomas may be the best option in the class of 2018.
Kalon Gervin coming off list of potential defensive backs?
He hasn’t been offered by the Buckeyes, but Detroit Cass Tech 2018 defensive back Kalon Gervin told Land of 10 last week that he’d been hearing from Ohio State’s Kerry Coombs “every day” and was curious why he had not received an offer.
It looks like the country’s 164th-ranked player may have decided he’s done waiting for any other school to offer after a weekend visit to Notre Dame.
Big Announcement tomorrow! Stay tuned….
— Kalon Gervin (@KalonGervin) February 12, 2017
If Gervin commits anywhere Monday – and that announcement likely is recruiting related – it’s likely Notre Dame, and that’d be a big win for the Irish over Michigan State, Michigan and others.