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Jadon Haselwood visit ends
The nation’s second-ranked 2019 wide receiver visited Ohio State this weekend.
Georgia’s Jadon Haselwood told Land of 10 on Friday that this weekend’s trip was designed to help him come closer to a decision between Ohio State and the home-state Georgia Bulldogs.
“I’m just trying to see what the coaching staff is like and how I would fit in there, really,” Haselwood said of the trip, which began Friday. “I told myself I was going to wait (to commit) until I got back to Ohio State.”
Now his visit is over, and as expected he didn’t commit to the Buckeyes. Two different sources who spent time with the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Cedar Grove (Ellenwood) product said they feel things are moving in a positive direction for Ohio State.
“He’s really cool,” one source shared. “Seemed like he really enjoyed himself. I think he’s very interested.”
Haselwood – and 4-star defensive end Brenton Cox — arrived at Ohio State on Friday. They stayed on campus with current football players, taking in campus life and playing video games, etc. Haselwood couldn’t handle Buckeyes freshman Austin Mack in NBA 2K17, apparently.
“He beat me on Friday night,” Haselwood joked.
The second source I spoke with about the trip echoed the sentiment of the first.
“I was with Jadon most of the time,” the second source added. “The trip went great. There’s a real shot he picks Ohio State.”
The Buckeyes and the Bulldogs are both on the hook as this 2019 star gets back home and locks down a choice. It’s always hard to beat the in-state team, unless the in-state team is Kansas or something, so don’t get too confident about Ohio State being the choice. But this visit was not just for fun.
Ohio State’s recruiting is ‘mind-boggling’ to NFL folks
The Ohio State football machine is doing some pretty incredible things. In fact, even the folks at NFL.com and the NFL Network are amazed by how the Buckeyes are recruiting – and developing – football stars.
“What Ohio State has done, from a recruiting perspective, is kind of mind-boggling,” NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said at the NFL Draft Combine. “It’s underscored by the fact that two potential top-10 picks in this draft, we didn’t even know about a year ago.”
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It’s pretty ridiculous to think about the sheer numbers that the Buckeyes are producing. That’s what has caught the NFL’s attention.
“They’ve got all these draft picks,” Mayock added. “And they just keep backfilling.”
“Next man up” has taken on a whole new meaning.
California wideout hoping to hear from Ohio State
The Buckeyes will likely add three more wide receivers in their 2018 recruiting class and there are dozens of wideouts all over the nation waiting for a chance to earn an offer from Ohio State. One of them is California’s Chase Williams, a 4-star prospect out of Corona’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
“I’ve been talking to Jaiden Woodbey a lot about Ohio State,” Williams told Land of 10. “It’s a school I’ve got a lot of interest in.”
There are a lot of schools showing interest in the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Williams. He holds scholarship offers from 11 schools including Notre Dame, USC, California, Washington, UCLA and Georgia. Some see him as a wide receiver, others as a defensive back. He’s happy to play either.
Why does he want to hear from the Buckeyes?
“The program there is very successful,” Williams said. “I’ve been told they are one big family and that’s really important to me. Plus they have success in getting people to the league; they’ve done very well at that.”