Ohio State has landed one of its most important – and longest recruited – targets in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Wednesday afternoon, from the auditorium at his high school, Westerville (Ohio) South running back Jaelen Gill, the country’s 32nd-ranked prospect, committed to Ohio State.
Gill is Ohio’s second-ranked player and one of its most dynamic athletes. He chose the Buckeyes over Notre Dame, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee, among his 33 scholarship offers.
Ohio State offered the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete after his freshman season for the Wildcats. He’s a talented two-sport star and has potential to be a high draft pick in this summer’s Major League Baseball draft. Whether or not Gill is presented that path – and whether or not he takes it – remains up in the air, but as of Wednesday, he’s a Buckeye.
Though he had been reportedly favoring Ohio State for the majority of his recruitment, Gill made sure he did his due diligence. He visited dozens of schools over the last two years, and UCLA had emerged as a legitimate contender for his commitment.
Still, the relationships formed with Urban Meyer, Tony Alford, Zach Smith and the rest of the Buckeyes coaching staff – combined with a chance to play close to home and a roster need that Gill fills almost perfectly – was just too good a combination to pass up.
Gill becomes the fourth commitment in the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class and the first from Ohio. Though he is primarily a running back at Westerville South High School, he will give Ohio State a versatile offensive threat from the backfield, in the slot, at wide receiver and even in the return game. Gill, the nation’s third-ranked all-purpose running back, missed his entire junior season with a broken ankle. He’s fully recovered and will be back to doing what he does best this fall.
Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class, as noted, sits at four commitments, but has passed Wisconsin in the Big Ten and resides at No. 2 in the league’s recruiting standings. Penn State, with 11 commitments, has the No. 1 class, but the Buckeyes’ per player ranking (.9783) is more than four points higher than the Nittany Lions’ per player ranking.
Land of 10 will have more on the commitment of 4-star running back Jaelen Gill soon, so please check back.