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Tavion Thomas adds Alabama offer; Ohio State next?
As he prepares for a big visit to Ohio State this weekend, Dayton Dunbar’s Tavion Thomas, a 2018 running back/linebacker, added his biggest scholarship offer yet: from Alabama.
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Georgia immediately followed suit. That, friends, is how a recruitment changes for an Ohio prospect very quickly. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Thomas was not expecting to hear from Nick Saban.
“I was so nervous,” Thomas said of the call from the Crimson Tide head coach. “I don’t even know what he said (laughing).”
Thomas will visit Alabama soon – the weekend of Feb. 24 – but as noted, he’ll head to Columbus on Saturday and now the onus is on the Buckeyes to jump into the game or risk falling behind with a player who is suddenly becoming a hot commodity on a national level. In response to the big SEC offers, Urban Meyer reached out to Thomas on Thursday night, but the running back doesn’t know if that means he’s looking at an Ohio State offer coming down the pike.
“I kind of think they’re going to offer,” Thomas said of the Buckeyes. “Urban Meyer said he cannot wait to see me this weekend.”
Stay tuned here, things could get mighty interesting.
Jadon Haselwood to commit soon, but to where?
It’s probably too early to care that much about 2019 prospects, but when you’re talking about a potential 5-star wide receiver it does at least warrant some discussion. Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.) wideout Jadon Haselwood, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2019, told Land of 10 that he intends to make a college decision sometime in the near future.
“I’ll be committing pretty soon,” Haselwood said. “I haven’t decided yet, because I’m still figuring some things out. I want to commit to cut out all the stress for me and my family.”
Last season, Ohio State was the team most felt was in the best position to land the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Haselwood, but lately it’s been Georgia – the school he is visiting this weekend – that has gained the momentum. For his part, Haselwood said it’s pretty even between those two schools and Tennessee.
“Yes, they are in it,” Haselwood said when asked if Ohio State had a legit chance to land him despite all the Bulldogs talk. “It comes down to trust and relationships. Right now, it’s neutral between those schools.”
Haselwood visited Ohio State in October and it’s unlikely that any commitment – to any school – will truly shut down the recruiting process for him. He acknowledges that it will be difficult as schools continue to press no matter what his status is.
“It’s going to be hard when I commit, too,” he said. “That’s why I’m still trying to figure things out.”
Buckeyes paying attention to another Cincinnati tight end
Let’s round out the week with another update on an Ohio tight end prospect. This time, it’s Cincinnati La Salle’s Josh Whyle, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound former wide receiver for the Lancers.
“I was in touch with (Buckeyes cornerbacks coach) Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton earlier this week,” Whyle, who currently holds 11 scholarship offers, told Land of 10. “That was the first time I’ve spoken with them.”
So what’s the early message from Ohio State?
“They asked about my recent offers because I’ve had five offers in the past few days coming from MAC, SEC and Big Ten,” Whyle said. “Coach Coombs told me how much they love my game and how they think I can make a difference in their program.”
Hearing from Ohio State is every Ohio prospect’s goal, and Whyle is no different.
“I know I’m good enough to play at the next level,” he said. “But to hear that coming from Coach Coombs at Ohio State? That was was special.”