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Ohio State lands second 2019 commitment
Ohio State has landed its second commitment of the 2019 class, landing Mentor (Ohio) offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby, a 4-star prospect and the No. 359 player overall in 2019. You can check out any of Land of 10’s wall-to-wall coverage of Jacoby’s commitment, including his comments on his decision, what it means for the Buckeyes, and a Facebook Live video analysis of his choice.
— Ryan Jacoby (@Ryan_Jacoby) March 1, 2018
2019 QB Max Duggan plans Ohio State visit
Iowa hasn’t been a recruiting hotbed for the Buckeyes in the past. Ohio State hasn’t landed a scholarship player from the state since running back Richard Haupt signed up to play for Woody Hayes in 1960. In fact, the Buckeyes have offered just three prospects in Iowa since 2002, according to Rivals.com.
The most recent among them is 2019 dual-threat quarterback Max Duggan, a product of Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lewis Central. Duggan is ranked by the 247Sports composite rankings as a 4-star prospect, the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in his class, and the No. 289 player overall in 2019. He was offered by Ohio State on Dec. 11 and will soon make his first visit to Columbus to learn more about the program.
“I’ll be at Ohio State next weekend, beginning on March 8. I also have visits scheduled soon to TCU, North Carolina and Minnesota,” Duggan detailed.
Duggan’s list is impressive and includes Ohio State, Georgia, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina, TCU, Penn State, Tennessee, Oregon and several other Power 5 programs. Despite all of his early interest, Duggan is trying to fairly evaluate each program.
“A lot of the schools that have offered are even to me right now. I’m just going to see how these visits go and see where I’m at after that. I’ll most likely be making a decision this April,” Duggan said.
Ohio State has been able to stand out to Duggan with a track record of success in recent years under Urban Meyer, and perhaps more than that, the process that allows it to sustain and continue that success.
“What I like most about Ohio State is the tradition and just the mindset of being successful. They expect you to work as if you’re the best. The coaching staff is super honest with you as well,” Duggan said. “I speak with Coach Day and Coach Meyer from there.”
On each visit, Duggan will be evaluating the programs he sees and will look to check off boxes for each school.
“Being comfortable with the coaching staff is really the big thing for me, and our relationships. Academics and campus life will be big factor,” Duggan said. “I kind of have to think about as ‘Would I enjoy myself at this school if I wasn’t playing football?’ And then their offensive philosophy, what they’re doing on offensive, and how they coach it.”
More news on Ohio State’s quarterback visitor plans
Over the next week, Duggan won’t be the only quarterback coming to Ohio State for an unofficial visit. He’ll be joined on March 8 by Houston St. Pius X standout Grant Gunnell, the No. 2 pro-style passer in the class and the No. 53 prospect overall in 2019.
Ohio State is competing with Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, LSU and other programs for Gunnell, who de-committed from Texas A&M on Feb. 13, the same day he received an offer from Ohio State. Although the two events were unrelated, this will be an important visit for Ohio State and Gunnell in figuring out their mutual interest. He’s expected to visit alongside teammate and fellow highly regarded national recruit Jalen Curry, a 4-star wide receiver and No. 90 player overall in the class.
Duggan and Gunnell hold offers from Ohio State. Before those two prospects visit, Ohio State will host Baltimore St. Frances Academy quarterback Jalon Jones on March 3 for an unofficial visit. Jones does not have an offer from Ohio State, but Florida, Alabama, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, UCLA and other top programs have offered Jones. The Buckeyes previously hosted Jones’ teammates Joachim Bangda, Shane Lee, and Darrian Dalcourt for a visit that at least one of the trio described as “amazing.”
2019 QB offer will reschedule planned visit
Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell has been one of the hottest prospects in the country lately. Since the start of 2018, Howell has landed offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, Nebraska, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Arizona State and Oregon. The composite rankings have Howell as the No. 4 pro-style passer in the class and the No. 158 player overall.
Howell previously visited Ohio State for a prospect camp in the summer of 2017 and was planning to return this month, but his plans will be delayed.
“Sam is still planning to visit Ohio State. We had actually planned to come up March 25 and 26, but it looks like he’s going to go down to Atlanta for the Nike camp that weekend now,” said Duke Howell, Sam’s father and coach. “We just found that out today, so we’re going to find another date to come up.”
The Buckeyes will be one of several elite programs to receive visits from Howell, who is working toward a decision soon.
“He’s visited with Clemson, Tennessee and North Carolina already. He has visited scheduled with Ohio State, Florida, and Florida State and he also plans to hit Alabama and West Virginia,” Howell said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to make a decision after that, he’s looking to commit in the late spring or early summer.”
California star schedules Ohio State visit
Ohio State offered Calabasas (Calif.) wide receiver Mycah Pittman on Feb. 1, the 21st offer for one of the very best wide receiver prospects in the 2019 class. Pittman already held offers from heavyweights USC, UCLA, Alabama, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Oregon, Texas A&M, Arizona, Arizona State and many other programs. He’s ranked as the No. 9 wide receiver in the 2019 class, a loaded year at the position, and the No. 52 player overall.
Pittman will soon have the opportunity to make his first unofficial visit to Ohio State to learn about the program.
“I’ll be going out to Ohio State with my best friend on March 3, which will be my first visit out there,” Pittman told Land of 10.
It’s never easy to beat out the West Coast powerhouses for California prospects, but Ohio State has been able to land major commitments from the state in the best, including former 5-star guard Wyatt Davis in the 2017 class. Pittman’s visit is going to be an intriguing subplot as Ohio State looks to sort out its wide receiver recruiting board.
— mycah pittman '19 (@MycahPittman) February 1, 2018
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