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Jaelen Gill heading to Army All-American Game
Ohio State’s most recent 2018 commitment, Westerville (Ohio) 4-star running back Jaelen Gill, picked up a big honor this week. Gill, Ohio’s second-ranked prospect, was officially invited to the 2018 US Army All-American Game.
VERY honored to receive an invitation to play in The Army All-American game!! I am also excited to commit to the game! Dream came true. pic.twitter.com/k16zaSu8ML
— Raaaaaad Chaaaaad (@jaelengill21) March 9, 2017
As you can see, Gill quickly accepted the invite. He’s likely to team up with fellow Buckeyes commitment Emory Jones in the East team’s backfield when the game kicks off next January from San Antonio. The chance to suit up and play in this game was something that the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Ohio athlete had been dreaming of.
“The Army Game is the game I grew up watching,” Gill told Land of 10. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play it, and the decision was a no-brainer. I committed to it on the spot.”
The longest-running All-American game is due for a sponsor change following the 2018 edition, and that also played into Gill’s thought process.
“It’s the most-watched game and the most-traditional game,” he said. “It’s also the last one that the Army will sponsor, so there’s some history. It means a lot.”
Throughout the years, Buckeyes stars like Maurice Clarett, Ted Ginn, Jr., Beanie Wells and Terrelle Pryor have all starred in San Antonio. Right now, two of the four Ohio State 2018 commitments are pledged to this game (Jones and Gill, as mentioned), while defensive back Jaiden Woodbey appears headed to Florida for the Under-Armour All-American Game.
There will be many more future Buckeyes in both games, according to Gill.
“Our class will be something that our fans should be very excited about,” Gill added.
Steven Faucheux beginning to hear from Ohio State
The Buckeyes will look to land three or four defensive ends in the 2018 class and are working hard to find the right pieces of the puzzle in that class.
That doesn’t mean they’re not looking beyond 2018 and ahead to 2019 a little bit. In fact, they’ve begun to reach out to one of Ohio’s best in that class, Lakota West’s Steven Faucheux.
Faucheux (pronounced Fo-Shay) is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound lineman that has started to make a name for himself around the country. He holds seven scholarship offers, including from Louisville, Maryland and Indiana. He’s starting to get used to the idea of being heavily recruited. Heck, he even turned down an invite to an Ohio State junior day because he already had plans to go visit elsewhere. That’s not a move that many players inside Ohio would make. He’s quickly become an old pro at the recruiting game.
“I got my first offers back in October,” Faucheux told Land of 10. “From Kentucky, Tulane and Cincinnati. Then I was offered by Iowa State, Maryland and Louisville in January and Indiana just a few weeks ago. I also visited Michigan last November and went to junior days at Auburn, Michigan State, Louisville and Indiana in January and February.
“I was invited to an Ohio State junior day, but I had already made plans to go to Auburn that same weekend.”
As a 2019 prospect, there’s not a lot of contact permitted between Ohio State and Faucheux directly. Still, the two sides are doing the best they can to get familiar with each other.
“I haven’t had much contact with them outside of the junior days and visits because they can’t really talk to me directly,” he said. “I’m just a sophomore. My coach has talked with Kerry Coombs and Urban Meyer about me, and they have sent me their camp information. I’m hoping to make it to Columbus soon but don’t have a date yet.”
More on Haselwood’s decision
On Thursday, Ohio State got some bad news on one of its top 2019 wide receiver targets: Jadon Haselwood was committing to Georgia over the Buckeyes.
The country’s second-ranked wide receiver made two separate trips to Ohio State over the last six months as he worked toward a decision, but ultimately the chance to stay closer to home and to his family made the difference.
“I think back then I was so stuck on Ohio State,” Haselwood told SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell when asked how different his mindset in recruiting was now compared to three months ago. “I really liked it (at Ohio State). But, it was up north.
“Then I thought about it and was like ‘Nah, I don’t think I will be going up there. It will be hard for me to to come back home.’ It would be crazy. I would probably never come back home. My parents would probably have to come see me.”
It’s never easy to convince someone that their best future may be away from the friends and family that they rely on, and it’s especially difficult to convince a 15-year-old, making a college decision almost three years before he enrolls in school.
As mentioned Thursday, there’s a long way to go in this, and any 2019 prospect’s, recruitment.