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The battles for Tyreke Smith and Jayson Oweh get tougher
Though I still believe that both players will end up in the Ohio State Class of 2018, it’s clear that the fight to land Jayson Oweh and Tyreke Smith isn’t close to finished.
Why? Because the pair of 4-star defensive ends will each see Penn State at least two more times. Comparatively, Oweh already has taken what’s expected to be his only Ohio State visit of the season, and Smith, Ohio’s top 2018 defensive lineman, is only expected to be in Columbus once, for his official visit on Oct. 28.
Oweh will see Penn State this weekend.
Two fingers up if you're going to be in Happy Valley this weekend….✌🏾
— Clout J (@JaysonOweh) September 14, 2017
As we mentioned the week prior to the Oklahoma game, when it was announced that Oweh would take an official to Ohio State, the Buckeyes would’ve much preferred to get the last visit.
The game is officially on.
Jake Wray impressed by Ohio State in defeat
After a loss, sometimes things get a little haywire. Especially for recruits on a visit.
Franklin (Tenn.) 2020 offensive lineman Jake Wray — in Columbus last weekend while his brother Max Wray, an Ohio State commit, was on his official visit — had a chance to see how the other half, the losing half, lives. He was impressed by the Buckeyes’ response. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound sophomore even was impressed by how Ohio State fans handled the loss. (He must not be on Twitter much.)
“The fan base,” the younger Wray answered when asked what stood out the most about his visit. “Even when Ohio State was losing, they still stayed at the game and cheered on the players.”
As his brother was on an official visit, Jake got a chance to see more of Ohio State than any other player in town for an unofficial visit would get to.
“The visit was great,” he said of the trip. “It’s definitely a cool way to see the school.”
Darnell Wright talks Buckeyes trip
Ohio State has one 2019 commit — West Virginia offensive lineman Doug Nester — and he’s not the only Huntington-area lineman the Buckeyes are pursuing in the class. Nester’s crosstown rival, Huntington High School, has the country’s 11th-ranked offensive tackle on its roster and that player, Darnell Wright, was in Columbus last weekend.
“I had a great time,” Wright said, dismissing any notion that a loss can impact a visit. “It was a great environment to be a part of.”
Though most underclassmen on unofficial visits don’t get much face time with coaches, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Wright was able to talk to Greg Studrawa and Urban Meyer, among others.
“I really enjoyed my visit with the coaches,” he said. “I believe I fit in with their style of play. Their message to me was just to keep working in the classroom and on the field. To stay focused.”
As for Nester, his high school rival at Spring Valley? They haven’t talked much.
“We have not spoken,” Wright said with a laugh. “Not since we beat them 14-0 in Week 2.”
From Minnesota, Quinn Carroll
Another of the Buckeyes’ top targets on the offensive line in the Class of 2019, Quinn Carroll from Edina, Minn., was in town for the Oklahoma game.
“It was really good,” Carroll said. “The atmosphere was crazy.”
Carroll talked with the Buckeyes coaches before and after the game. On his second visit to the school in 2017, the Minnesota legacy — the country’s No. 8-ranked tackle — said he’s working on building bonds with the Ohio State staff.
“I talked with all of them,” he said of the Buckeyes coaches. “I’m really just continuing to build relationships. It was awesome to experience the game day [at Ohio State].”