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.
Josh Myers takes a ratings slide while Chase Young moves into 5-star territory
It was something that I mentioned in this space last week, but it appears the pass-protection struggles experienced by Josh Myers have finally caught up with his national recruiting ranking, at least with Rivals.com.
The explanation for Myers’ dip – he fell to No. 55 nationally while remaining the top prospect in Ohio – is simple.
“Physically, Myers was arguably the most impressive looking offensive lineman on the East squad at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but his performance in that event was arguably the worst, and it is hard to chalk it up to just a bad week,”according to Rivals.com recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt. “The Ohio State commit had issues with footwork and flexibility and was unable to stay engaged with defenders.”
Myers played in a run-heavy offense at Miamisburg and was never taught much in the way of pass protection, but that’s OK. He’s already on campus with the Buckeyes and the process of turning him into a complete offensive lineman has already begun.
While Myers slides down the list a bit, another Ohio State commitment – defensive end Chase Young – skyrocketed up the charts to No. 8 nationally. Heading into the week, Young was a 4-star prospect, per Rivals, and he answered every question about his game during the U.S. Army All-American week. Rivals’ Adam Friedman was very impressed.
“Young has steadily risen up the rankings over the past year, and he has developed into a versatile defensive end who can rush the passer and make plays in the open field,” Friedman wrote. “The Ohio State commit has outstanding athleticism, and his speed and balance make it hard for big offensive linemen to stay in front of him. The biggest question about Young was his strength at the point of attack. At the Army All-American Bowl, he proved he has the strength to make plays against the run as well.”
Here’s where other Ohio State commitments stand after the final release of the Rivals 100 for the 2017 class.
No. 8 • Chase Young
No. 9 • Baron Browning
No. 16 • Jeffrey Okudah
No. 22 • Wyatt Davis
No. 24 • Shaun Wade
No. 33 • Trevon Grimes
No. 39 • Tate Martell
No. 55 • Josh Meyers
No. 66 • J.K. Dobbins
No. 91 • Brendon White
Expect more shuffling of recruiting rankings from other national scouting services throughout the week.
JaShawn Sheffield rocks Ohio State gloves, gives Buckeyes love
You’ve no doubt heard the saying that “the clothes make the man,” and while that’s generally true it rarely means much when it comes to college football recruiting. It means very little, in fact, especially in today’s age of players wearing gear from schools all over the country just for fun. Because of that, when you see top players from Georgia wearing Ohio State gear, I advise you to not read too much into it.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to look into it. Look at the case of Jashawn Sheffield and Jadon Haselwood, for example.The pair of receivers – each ranked inside a very early national top 10 list for 2019 – visited Ohio State in November, and this past weekend, at a big-time Georgia prep event, they were seen wearing Buckeyes gloves.
5⭐️ status with the Bro pic.twitter.com/uRcAZU76EW
— G.O.A.T ? (@Bcg_jadon) January 16, 2017
Sheffield knows that wearing those gloves will have people talking. So too will physical wide receiver play like this.
We built different in the #912 pic.twitter.com/nX3mxd3T9O
— Jashawn Sheffield (@Jashawnsheff) January 16, 2017
So what’s up with the 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore and Ohio State? It’s simple, really: He’s interested.
“We talk a lot,” Sheffield said of the Buckeyes. “I talked to (Urban) Meyer this weekend on FaceTime with Jadon. I still like them a lot. I’m going to visit sometime this spring.”
What may interest you is that the conversation doesn’t center on the recent/coming changes to the Buckeyes offense.
“Honestly, we don’t even talk about that,” he said. “Normally we just talk about other stuff, like life and me coming back for a visit.”
For Sheffield, who is a cousin of Georgia signee Richard LeCounte, there is a long way to go in his recruitment. Three of the schools standing out to him are among the hottest recruiting entities in the country. There’s a big-time battle shaping up with Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State. He’s not too occupied yet with trying to break them down.
“I guess the best way for me to answer it is that there are three schools that I like a lot,” he said. “Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State. Each brings something different to the table.”
Ellison reopens his recruitment
If Morgan Ellison, a 3-star running back prospect from Pickerington Central in the 2017 recruiting class, wants to be a Buckeye, he took a big first step Monday toward making that happen. He announced on Twitter just hours ago that he was reopening his recruitment and officially de-committed from Ohio University.
— MORGAN-ELLISON (@MorganEllisonFB) January 16, 2017
There’s been some renewed contact of late between running backs coach Tony Alford and Ellison but no offer yet from the Buckeyes. If it comes, Ellison is almost certain to commit to Ohio State. We’ll have to wait a few more weeks to see if that happens.
Basketball commits have big weekend
After a big win on the hardwood for the Buckeyes on Sunday, it’s a good time to take a little glance at the future of Thad Matta’s program. Over the weekend, at the Fly to the Hoop event in Dayton, a handful of future Buckeyes and Ohio State targets were on display and put on a big-time show.
2018 shooting guard Dane Goodwin collected 34 points in a 62-34 Upper Arlington win over Garfield Heights on Sunday.
A 6-foot-6 guard, Goodwin is getting stronger and stronger and appears to be rounding his game into shape. Later in the day, Ohio’s third-ranked player in 2018, Pickerington Central’s Jerome Hunter, also had a huge game. Hunter put up 29 points and 15 rebounds against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.
2017 commitment Kaleb Wesson had a bit of an up-and-down weekend, however. He became just the eighth player in Westerville South history to record 1,000 career points when he exploded for 43 points (tying a school record) at the BK Classic in Erie (Pa.) on Saturday night. On Sunday, he bounced back with a 13-point, 19-rebound (the most in South history) effort.
The disappointment for the weekend came on Sunday night when Wesson was not selected as a McDonald’s All-American. The country’s seventh-ranked center had hoped to be the second Big Ten commit on the prestigious team but did not make the list.