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The fight is on for Jackson Carman
So, you’d imagine that this last week was a bit weird for 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman. After dominating the recruiting news cycle thanks in part to some misinterpreted quotes, some boisterous opinions and the inability of some people to let a sleeping dog lie, the country’s top-ranked tackle was in the news more than normal.
Despite the possible stress, Carman told Tony Crumpton of TigerNet.com, a Clemson-affiliated website, he was relatively under control.
“Not really, I had good support staff,” Carman said when asked if the week was more stressful than normal. “I think the situation got handled well, even though it got a little crazy.”
Following his team’s second win of the season, Carman spoke with Crumpton about his planned visits to Clemson and USC, the two schools he’s considering the most alongside Ohio State.
“I will still be visiting Clemson later this year,” he said. Then, speaking on why he’ll visit in December rather than in the season, he said: “I have a better chance to be able to talk more with coaches and have a more personal experience during a visit.”
Ohio State may be fighting uphill at the moment. Beyond the dramatics this past week, there’s the long-standing belief that Carman would just flat out prefer to leave the state of Ohio for college.
“Ohio State, the tradition and the history, and it’s at home,” he said when asked what he liked about the Buckeyes. When asked if there was any sense that Ohio State was the leader in his recruitment? “That is not the case, I don’t have a leader in my recruitment and I’m open to all of the schools in my top 3 equally.”
So what will be the deciding factor? As usual, comfort and relationships.
“It’s going to somewhere I feel comfortable living,” he said. “A place that will prepare me to be as successful as I want to be in the future.”
Ohio State working hard to make inroads with 5-star 2019 safety
The Buckeyes continue to work hard to grow their 2019 recruiting class, and they’re trying to stay as present as ever in the state of Texas.
Five-star 2019 safety Brian Williams, a star at Bishop Dunne (Dallas), has 33 offers and the Buckeyes are one of them.
“Michigan and Ohio State have been recruiting me a lot early,” said Williams, in speaking with SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman last weekend. “Michigan had every coach on their staff, Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and everybody, put me and my mom and my dad in a group chat. I’ve never seen anything like that. I hadn’t been talking to them as much before Sept. 1, so they’ve been recruiting me a lot.”
When it comes to the Buckeyes, the 6-foot, 185-pound Williams says it’s cool to be included in the discussion when it comes to the Ohio State secondary.
“Ohio State, it’s just an honor to think they’d want me to be a part of that DB [group],” Williams said. “The [DB success] might come into play. They send a lot of DBs to the NFL, and they’re a wonderful program. To think I could be a part of that. I’m just going to sit down with my family and we’ll decide from there.”
The Buckeyes have a multi-pronged approach in their recruiting efforts.
“It’s really all of them,” he said when asked which Ohio State coaches he’s getting to know. “I talk to Kevin Wilson a lot. Coach [Greg] Schiano, Coach [Urban] Meyer. They’re good men. They have a great program up there and I just look forward to building a stronger relationship with them.”
Jayson Oweh shows up big in first game of 2017, then shows up at Penn State
Ohio State will have to fight off Penn State if it wants to land the top remaining defensive ends on its 2018 recruiting board. This past weekend, both Jayson Oweh and Micah Parsons were in Happy Valley as the Nittany Lions beat Georgia State 56-0.
Before that trip, which no doubt went well and was great and had a family atmosphere — we all know the recruiting visit mantra — Oweh finally opened up his 2017 football season. The country’s seventh-ranked defensive end, who was a relative unknown just eight months ago, didn’t disappoint.
Expected BIG jump for @JaysonOweh in 2nd HS FB season.
His opener Saturday: 4 sacks, 11 tackles, blocked punt, forced fumble, 61-yard TD. 😳 pic.twitter.com/2sqCC8UqJG
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) September 17, 2017
According to Jim Saylor, the coach at the Blair Academy, those numbers could’ve been even sillier.
“He could have had 10 sacks if the quarterback didn’t throw the ball away,” Saylor shared with Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue. “He’s really improved.”
That’s why Ohio State has made him a top priority for months now, and will continue in that manner until his Jan. 4 decision date.
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