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‘Great’ visit makes Ohio State a contender for Keith Maguire
Ohio State hosted a loaded list of visitors on campus over the weekend. Four offered targets visited Columbus between Thursday and Sunday, including Malvern Prep (Pa.) linebacker Keith Maguire, a rising star from the Philadelphia area in the 2019 class.
“It was great. Campus was awesome, the facilities were awesome. I had some great meetings with the coaches — Coach [Greg] Schiano, Coach [Bill] Davis, and Coach [Urban] Meyer. It’s always different meeting in person. One-on-one you really get to tell what they’re like, their attitudes, and everything,” Maguire explained in a conversation with Land of 10. “You get to know them as a person, not just as a football coach. I think meeting with them and getting to know them was very important. It was good.
“I wasn’t really knowing what to expect from the campus, because I knew it was kind of in the city. It was awesome. It was a big campus, obviously because it’s a really big school. It was nicer than I expected. I was expecting kind of an urban, city campus. It surprised me with the layout and how there’s a lot of open area.”
Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, and Michigan are a few of the early prominent options for Maguire, whose offer list includes over 20 schools. His recent slate of visits, which also included trips to Clemson on March 3 and Notre Dame on Jan. 27, are important as he looks to weed out the pretenders from the contenders.
“It was good to get there, because I’m looking to commit in the summer probably, so I need to narrow down my timeline. These visits I’m taking are pretty important because I don’t know if I’ll get to take an official,” Maguire said. “I’ll probably take one if I’m committed. So I’m really looking to see the school and see if I have to go back or if I can get enough information to further my knowledge. It was really good.”
Maguire still has spring unofficial visits scheduled to see Alabama and North Carolina — he may “possibly” visit Michigan, but hasn’t set a date — as he looks to evaluate the programs on his offer list. However, with everything Ohio State showed him, he feels confident in saying he expects the Buckeyes to make the next cut.
“I think that Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame are probably going to be in my top 5 after going on the visits. I’ve still got a few more schools to visit, but I think they’ll be good and in there,” Maguire said. “I was pretty impressed by all three of them.”
It’s currently unlikely that Maguire will return for follow-up visits to Ohio State or any of the other schools that have offered him before narrowing down his list. He told Land of 10 that his Columbus visit was “really good” and he gathered all of the information he needed.
Maguire is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker with 21 scholarship offers. The 247Sports composite rankings have Maguire as the No. 28 outside linebacker in the 2019 class, the No. 6 prospect in Pennsylvania, and the No. 427 prospect overall.
Ohio State also has recruited, but not offered, Maguire’s teammate Jake Hornibrook, a 2019 tackle and the younger brother of Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Hornibrook holds 21 offers, including four from Big Ten programs, and told Land of 10 that a Buckeyes assistant dropped by his school during the winter to check on he and Maguire.
4-star receiver schedules Ohio State visit
Things have taken off with Ohio State and 2019 Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep wide receiver John Dunmore since the Buckeyes offered the 4-star standout in February. Dunmore, ranked as the No. 22 wide receiver nationally, has close bonds with receivers coach Zach Smith and junior Binjimen Victor, a native of nearby Pompano Beach, Fla..
“I talk with Coach Smith every week,” Dunmore told Land of 10. “He wants me to come up and check out the Ohio State way of doing things, so I figured I’ll come up and check spring practice. I have unofficial visits to Florida on March 30, Florida State on March 31, Ohio State on April 3 through 5, and USC and UCLA from April 6 through 8. I also have an official visit to Michigan the weekend of April 13.”
Dunmore is on the short list of Ohio State’s top wide receiver targets, one of the 10 or so top targets at the position in the 2019 class. This will be his first visit to Columbus and an important one for the Buckeyes. Florida State is perhaps the toughest competition for Dunmore early on.
Elite 2020 defensive lineman to visit
Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School defensive end Jacolbe Cowan, a 6-5, 250-pound prospect in the Class of 2020, already has cemented himself as one of the country’s elite sophomores. With nearly 30 offers, the North Carolina standout has caught the attention of recruiters and coaches around the country.
Cowan recently took to Twitter to announce an impressive slate of upcoming unofficial visits over the next several days, including a trip to check out the Buckeyes. Ohio State will host Cowan on Tuesday, his first trip to the school. Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee also will receive visits from Cowan from Sunday through Wednesday during his spring break.
Top Schools SZN
As you’re well-aware of by now, even if you only casually follow recruiting, we are deep in the throes of Top Schools SZN — that time of year when recruits seem to release list of their top 5, 10, 12, or 20 schools every day. Ohio State is no stranger to the game and has made the cut for several prospects as of late.
Sheridan Jones, one of Ohio State’s most important 2019 cornerback targets, released a Twitter video to announce his top 7 schools. As expected, the Buckeyes made the cut alongside some other powerhouse programs — Alabama, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Nebraska, and South Carolina. Jones hails from Norfolk, Va., and although he recently switched high schools, he’s a former teammate of 2018 Ohio State linebacker signee Teradja Mitchell.
2019 California tight end Jude Wolfe, the No. 8 tight end nationally, included Ohio State in his top 8 alongside USC, UCLA, Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Washington, and Oregon. Wolfe hails from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, the same high school that produced sophomore Ohio State lineman Wyatt Davis and 2018 safety Jaiden Woodbey, a longtime Buckeyes commit who signed with Florida State.
Aledo (Texas) cornerback Jeffery “Scooby” Carter, a 4-star prospect and the No. 16 corner in 2019, listed the Buckeyes in his top 10 with Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nebraska, Texas Tech, USC, Oregon, and Penn State. Ohio State offered Carter on Feb. 5.
2020 Louisiana wide receiver Jacobi Bellazin, who already holds 30 offers, released his top 11 on Friday. Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Ohio State, TCU, UCLA, and USC made the grade for Bellazin.
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