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Buckeyes going all-in to woo Joshua Moore
Make no mistake about it, relationships in recruiting are still what “wins.”
Yes, Ohio State has the big stadium and the winning tradition and one of college football’s all-time great coaches, but sometimes it’s the simple things that matter the most.
“I woke up this morning with a text message from every coach on the Buckeyes staff,” Joshua Moore, the country’s 17th-ranked wide receiver in the class of 2018, told Land of 10. “I’ve never had a coaching staff do that before. It means a lot.”
Moore, out of Yoakum, Texas, is now at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and adjusting well to his new school and team. He said this morning’s messages were just the latest in what has become pretty standard operating procedure: talking to the Ohio State staff.
“I’ve been talking to Urban Meyer just about every day,” he said. “He’s been reaching out to me. That just shows me how much interest they have in me. It lets me know they really want me.”
LSU commit wants to hear from Ohio State
Ohio State has had a regular recruiting presence in South Florida for a while now and that means the best players from that area are interested in what the Buckeyes have to offer. LSU commit Nadab Joseph is one of those players. On Thursday night, he posted on Twitter a list of schools he was hoping to visit this spring or summer as he really dives into his recruitment.
— Nadab Joseph (@nadabjoseph) February 10, 2017
So why are the Buckeyes on his list? It’s simple: They’re Ohio State.
“Ohio State is actually a school I would consider and have always had love for,” Joseph told Land of 10. “I’m planning on going there this summer if I can get into contact with a coach from there. They’re always contending for championships and always put defensive backs into the NFL. What’s not to like about them?
“I love their aggressive style of defense and like I said, if you play at Ohio State you’ve got a great chance of going to the league. Their stadium is huge, and I can imagine getting a pick 6 at that place and the crowd going crazy.”
There’s no doubt that Joseph, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back at Miami’s Edison High School, is interested in the Buckeyes and several other schools, but he’s still committed to LSU as he has been since June 2016. The 4-star prospect made one of his first recruiting trips to Baton Rouge and says he fell in love with the place.
“Honestly, LSU was the first school I had a chance to spend three days at and see everything,” said the country’s 21st-ranked safety. “I just felt love there.”
Joseph said that he’d like to make a visit to Ohio this summer and, if offered, another one in the fall.
“I’m planning my visits during the summer,” he said. “If offered, they’d definitely be one of my official visits.”
Another offer out in the Lone Star State
Ohio State isn’t going to back off in Texas just because Tom Herman has taken the helm in Austin. This week they offered Leon O’Neal, a 4-star safety out of Cypress, Texas. He’s a 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect with offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M among his 19.
— LeonNumbaNine#9 (@WakeEmUp9) February 8, 2017
O’Neal is the country’s 17th-ranked safety. Check out his junior-year highlights below.