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Master Teague impresses, earns Ohio State offer
After ripping off two sub-4.4 40-yard dash times at Alabama a week ago, it was becoming more and more clear that Master Teague III was making himself a serious candidate for a scholarship offer from Ohio State.
On Friday morning, with Urban Meyer, Kevin Wilson, Ryan Day and Zach Smith watching his every move, Teague showed up in Columbus and put on a similarly impressive show. He ran a 4.31 and 4.37 (hand-timed, unofficial) and cemented himself in the minds of the Buckeyes as a player worth an offer. Five hours later, after an afternoon inside the Ohio State facilities, that came to fruition.
— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 9, 2017
The country’s eighth-ranked running back according to 247Sports.com, Teague has been adamant over the course of the last nine months or so that he was eager to add Ohio State to his offer list. Recently, he named a top three that included Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee but most people now believe that its primarily a battle between the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs.
On Friday, Teague worked closely with Meyer – a good portion of the time on pass catching drills, where he struggled a bit – and the Ohio State coach made it a point to introduce him to everyone he could, including Buckeyes freshman tailback J.K. Dobbins.
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) June 9, 2017
The natural question that comes from this offer is how, or if, it affects the country’s No. 1-ranked running back Zamir White. That’s a valid question, because the Buckeyes are still heavily involved in that pursuit and a decision is set for June 27. But here’s the bottom line: If they didn’t think Teague was good enough to play in Columbus, they would not have offered him Friday.
I will dive a bit more into my thoughts on the running back situation on Sunday evening, as I get a little more time to break everything down.
Jayson Oweh gets solo attention, praise during first visit with Buckeyes
One of the players I was most eager to see on Friday at the Buckeyes 1-day camp was Blairstown (N.J.) 4-star defensive end Jayson Oweh. He showed up around 11 a.m. ET and was immediately put to work with Larry Johnson, Sr., with Ohio State senior Tracy Sprinkle, working as a counselor at the camp, helping his coach.
After a handful of minutes with that pair, Oweh received a few minutes to work for Urban Meyer.
Oweh was, as you’d expect for a player that hasn’t played football long, very raw. However that doesn’t work against him, or the Buckeyes, as far as this recruitment goes.
I asked one of the coaches working the camp for an assessment of the 6-foot-5, 235-pound 4-star prospect and he was direct about.
“Yes, he’s very raw,” the coach said. “But Ohio State – and especially Larry Johnson – loves raw when its in a frame like that.”
There’s a ways to go in this recruitment, but it’s likely a two-team race right now between Ohio State and Penn State. Notre Dame will likely make a push on Saturday. Land of 10 hopes to have an update with Oweh about his experience soon.
Nebraska verbal camps with Buckeyes
I hinted at it a little bit on the message boards on Thursday, but Nebraska commitment Cameron Brown visited, and camped, with Ohio State on Friday. His high school teammate, Kamryn Babb, was in town and Brown made the trip to see what the Buckeyes are all about.
Brown was one of three receivers working individually with Zach Smith and the top quarterbacks group at the camp on Friday and there was no doubt from the first moment that you looked in that direction that he had the goods. He’s a natural runner – and fast – who caught the ball well and looked fluid in and out of routes. He’s a verified 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and a 10.8 or faster in the 100-meter dash, making him a physical talent mold that Ohio State seeks at wide receiver. He left Columbus with a big scholarship offer.
— Cameron Brown® (@luh_cam_) June 9, 2017
I do not know what happens with Brown from here, but there’s little doubt that if they can, Ohio State would welcome both him and Babb into their recruiting class. There’s little value in offering a player committed to another school, with limited spots at that position, unless you’d take him in your class.
There is likely to be a little intrigue here on the Nebraska side of things, as Brown was apparently on campus in Columbus without the knowledge of the Cornhuskers, which isn’t ideal for either side. The country’s 61st-receiver is significantly under-ranked and this Buckeyes offer will likely open a few other doors for exploration. I wouldn’t anticipate the Huskers cutting him loose as a matter of principle because he’s just too talented and they were involved before anyone else.
Here are his junior highlights.
2020 defensive end gets Buckeyes offer, eventually an Ohio State commitment?
Its never too early a future Rushmen, at least not for Larry Johnson, Sr.
Damascus (Md.) sophomore-to-be Bryan Bresee was offered by Ohio State following camp in Columbus on Friday as well.
Very excited to say I have received an offer from The Ohio State University! I would also like to thank Coach Johnson for the extra work! pic.twitter.com/pkHXVKigpv
— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) June 9, 2017
Bresee worked in a smaller group with Johnson most of the day and earned rave reviews from Ohio State players who were on hand watching. He looks the part, legitimately in the 6-foot-4, 260-pound range and you can see plainly that he’s not done growing. He’s got a powerful upper body and quick feet but spent most of the morning working on his hand placement, a major part of the technique Johnson coaches.
I spent more than a few moments talking to Bresee’s father, Rich, and there’s no doubt that both he and his son are very interested in the Buckeyes program. In fact, after learning of the offer, I’ve put in a 247Sports.com crystal ball for Bresee and Ohio State. There’s a long way to go in his recruitment, but the indication was obvious: Ohio State is the program he can see himself playing in.
Land of 10 will have more on Bresee, and more from today’s 1-day camp at Ohio State over the next few days. We’ll be talking about these players, and more, on our new message forums. Come join the conversation there.