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The latest on Ohio State’s visitors
Ohio State is set to host yet another huge weekend of visits during spring football. This is becoming a common theme in Dotting the Eyes lately, but that’s to be expected of Buckeyes recruiting under Urban Meyer.
Before I break down the expected visitors for the coming weekend, let’s run through some names who were expected to be at Ohio State, but ultimately did not make the trip.
A trio of high school teammates from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas — safety Jordan Battle, cornerback Jaden Davis, and linebacker Anthony Solomon — were expected to take official visits to Ohio State on April 6, but will not be making the trip. All three are also teammates for the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team, which will be traveling to Los Angeles for a tournament this weekend.
The primary Ohio State target from that bunch is Battle, who tells me he’s working on rescheduling a visit soon. It’s unclear if Davis or Solomon will reschedule their trips. Solomon recently committed to Miami over offers from Michigan and other programs and was not a serious candidate to play for the Buckeyes. Davis remains on the board, but I think he’s behind a few other cornerbacks at this point.
So, about the visitors who will make it to Ohio State?
The Buckeyes already welcomed 2019 Fort Wayne (Ind.) wide receiver Craig Young — who has been offered — to campus Wednesday, where he spent time with Meyer, recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni and fellow a Fort Wayne native, junior wide receiver Austin Mack.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni, and junior wide receiver Austin Mack meet with 2019 Ohio State WR target @craig_young00.
Young holds an offer from the Buckeyes and is on campus today for an unofficial visit. He hails from Fort Wayne (Ind.) pic.twitter.com/RjPrKGtXqP
— Ryan Donnelly (@L10Ryan) April 4, 2018
John Dunmore, another 2019 wide receiver with a Buckeyes offer, spent time on campus from Tuesday through Thursday for an unofficial visit. Dunmore hails from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep. He is ranked as the No. 120 player overall and No. 21 wide receiver in the 2019 class on the 247Sports composite rankings.
The final offered receiver to watch over the weekend is 2019 Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman product Trey Knox, a high school teammate of freshman Buckeyes running back Master Teague and the No. 29 wide receiver in the country. Knox will be on campus Thursday and Friday, he told Land of 10.
Ohio State will host two 5-star visitors on Friday and at least one other top-100 prospect.
Linebacker Brandon Smith is a 5-star prospect Class of 2019 prospect out of Mineral (Va.) Louisa County, the No. 19 player overall in his class, and the No. 1 player at his position and from his state. Smith is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound force with nearly 30 offers to his name and he’ll be returning to Ohio State for the first time since October 2017. Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama and Virginia Tech appear to be the competition for Smith at this stage.
Prospects are coming to Ohio State from all over the country, but none will travel farther than Faatui Tuitele, a 5-star defensive tackle out of Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis. The Buckeyes have not yet offered the 6-4, 299-pound standout, regarded as the No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 24 prospect overall in 2019. However, that seems likely to change. Recent visits to the mainland to see Oklahoma and Alabama led to offers. Despite not needing a defensive tackle in the 2019 class, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ohio State follow suit.
Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva prospects and 4-star teammates, linebacker Rian Davis and defensive tackle Tyler Davis, arrive at Ohio State on Thursday. Both hold offers from the Buckeyes. Rian is regarded as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the class and Tyler checks in as the No. 18 defensive tackle.
Devyn Ford, the No. 6 running back in the 2019 recruiting class, is traveling to Ohio State from Stafford (Va.) and expected to arrive on Friday for an unofficial visit. The Buckeyes are a contender for Ford, who will also return to Ohio State for an April 26-28 official visit before announcing his commitment on May 18. The interceding weekends will feature official visits to Virginia Tech and Penn State. Ohio State also recently hosted Ford’s high school coach, Joe Mangano, for a multi-day visit without Ford present.
Finally, a local prospect is expected to round out the list of Ohio State visitors that Land of 10 has confirmed. Pickerington (Ohio) North athlete Jack Sawyer is just a freshman, but the 2021 athlete may have already staked an early claim as the best prospect in Ohio in his class. Sawyer is a 6-5, 200-pound phenom with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt and other Power-5 programs. He’ll attend Ohio State’s spring practice on Friday.
Pittsburgh swing on tap
Over the weekend, I’ll be spending time in my hometown of Pittsburgh and visiting some of the top recruits in the area. While I will take a brief break to attend the wedding of two close friends (congrats Nate and Ashley!), the trip will be heavy on Buckeyes recruiting coverage. I’ll have the opportunity to spend time with some of Ohio State’s top targets in the area and will bring our Land of 10 readers some exclusive content from that road-trip.
Make sure to check everything out when the Dotting the Eyes notebook resumes on Sunday evening.
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