Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Good news coming for the Buckeyes?
Ohio State may be on the verge of getting its first 2018 commitment since the end of July.
In just about one hour, the Buckeyes will find out if the mid-January visit to Ohio was enough to seal the deal and close the book on the recruitment of Jaiden Woodbey, a 4-star safety ranked as the country’s 32nd-best overall 2018 prospect.
— I AM JAIDEN WOODBEY™ (@JaidenWoodbey6) February 6, 2017
Woodbey, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., is a teammate of 2017 Buckeyes signee Wyatt Davis. He will choose from Ohio State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and USC. His father, Donnell Woodbey, played at USC.
Early in his recruiting process, Woodbey surprised many by announcing that Ohio State was his favorite though many believed that had dissipated as he failed to make visits to the school on multiple occasions last summer and fall. Then, just two weeks ago, Woodbey did visit and since then all the momentum seems to be swinging back toward the Buckeyes.
My pick: Woodbey selects Ohio State and becomes the third member of the Buckeyes’ 2018 class.
Anthony Cook, Brennan Eagles among first to ‘Get Open’
Recruiting season is back upon us – though it never really stopped – and with it the first wave of combines that seek to determine once and for all which athletes are the country’s best football players. This past weekend in Houston, the first such camp took place, Nike’s The Opening regional camp, and it put on display a handful of names that should be familiar for Ohio State fans.
- Defensive Back • BJ Foster • Angleton, Texas • ★★★★★ (Did not compete)
- Defensive Back • Anthony Cook • Houston • ★★★★★
- Defensive End • Max Wright • Katy, Texas • ★★★★
- Wide Receiver • Joshua Moore • Yoakum, Texas • ★★★★
- Tight End • Mustapha Muhammad • Missouri City, Texas • ★★★★
- Wide Receiver • Brennan Eagles • Houston • ★★★★
- Tight End • Malcolm Epps • Houston • ★★★★
Anthony Cook and Brennan Eagles, each of whom has an Ohio State offer, were two of the three players that earned the right to say they “Got Open.”
— The Opening (@TheOpening) February 4, 2017
Eagles was particularly impressive, winning the Nike football ratings crown at the event as well. The events test speed, strength and agility and use weighted metrics to make it level across all weight groups.
— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) February 5, 2017
Teradja Mitchell plans to visit Ohio State again soon
The Buckeyes are going to be looking for two or three linebackers again in the 2018 class, and none will be as highly regarded nationally as Virginia’s Teradja Mitchell. The 5-star prospect from Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach listed Ohio State on his list of 11 schools last week.
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— Teradja Mitchell ™ (@WhosThatNumber7) February 2, 2017
A 6-foot-2, 232-pound inside linebacker, Mitchell visited Ohio State in November as the Buckeyes took on Michigan. He told Land of 10’s Brandon Justice that he expects to visit again this spring.
“I will be visiting Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida and LSU during the spring,” Mitchell said.
Buckeyes target transferring to IMG and what – if anything – it means
On Sunday night, one of the country’s most-offered juniors, Yoakum, Texas, standout Joshua Moore, announced he was heading out of state … for high school.
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— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) February 6, 2017
Ohio State is one of 55 schools that have offered Moore, and despite the fact that the Buckeyes did very well in Texas in the 2017 cycle, having him in neutral Florida for the next year could prove beneficial for Ohio State. Moore has a twin brother, and though he’s publicly stated that his decision would be his own (his brother Jordan is committed to Texas A&M), this move kind of fortifies that line of thinking.
Moore is the country’s 60th-ranked 2018 prospect and eighth-ranked wide receiver. Having him line up in Bradenton alongside a handful of fellow Buckeyes targets isn’t a bad thing at all for Ohio State.