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Ohio State makes top group for Jalen Curry
Ohio State has made the top 10 for Houston St. Pius X wide receiver Jalen Curry, the No. 18 wide receiver and No. 90 prospect in the country in the 2019 class. Curry listed the Buckeyes alongside Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida State, TCU, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Ohio State offered Curry on Feb. 6, and the Texas receiver promptly described the Buckeyes as his “child hood DREAM offer” in a tweet announcing the news. The Buckeyes are recruiting Curry alongside his St. Pius X teammate and 4-star quarterback Grant Gunnell, the No. 2 pro-style passer in the country. The two are slated to visit Ohio State this week.
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Trey Knox will return to campus
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman wide receiver Trey Knox was one of the first receivers in the 2019 class to land a Buckeyes offer, picking up his offer in October 2016. Knox has been high on the Buckeyes ever since, staying in frequent contact with Ohio State coaches Urban Meyer, Tony Alford (his area recruiter) and Zach Smith (the wide receivers coach).
It has been some time since Knox visited Ohio State — his two previous unofficial visits were in April and June 2017 — but that will change soon. Teammate Adonis Otey, who recently landed an Ohio State offer, told Land of 10 that Knox had been raving about Columbus to him and told him he had to get to Ohio State for a visit. Otey will visit Ohio State during the spring, but Knox is taking his own advice and returning for another visit.
“I’m going up to Ohio State on April 5 and 6,” Knox said. “I’m pretty sure I’m [the only Blackman player] going that weekend.”
Ohio State signed 2018 running back Master Teague from Blackman, and the Tennessee native is with the Ohio State program as an early-enrollee freshman. He has been on campus since January.
Knox is ranked as a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. He checks in as the No. 176 player in the 2019 class and the No. 32 prospect at his position. He is 6-foot-4 and 206 pounds.
Garrett Wilson to release top schools list
While his top schools list will not be published at the time of this notebook’s publication, keep an eye on Austin (Texas) Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson‘s top schools list about 9 p.m. ET. Wilson took to Twitter to say his list will contain eight programs.
Final 8 schools that i will be continuing on in this process with tonight at 8PM.
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) March 4, 2018
With more than 30 offers, Wilson will have a good mix of suitors, but it is a lock that Ohio State will make the list. The Buckeyes offered Wilson on Dec. 12, and his interest has only increased since then. Ohio State signed Wilson’s teammate and former Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin in the 2018 class. Beyond that, Wilson has deep roots in the Columbus area and spent most of his life growing up in Dublin (Ohio), a central Ohio suburb. He moved to Texas during his late middle school years.
Wilson’s recruitment appears to be a two-team battle between Ohio State and Texas. The Buckeyes may have a chance to gain an advantage by hosting Wilson on campus soon.
“I’ll be visiting Ohio State on March 23,” Wilson told Land of 10. “I’ll also check out Notre Dame most likely and Nebraska, too.”
Baldwin is enrolled on campus, so the Buckeyes will have a familiar face around whenever Wilson comes back to Columbus to visit the program and see his family that remains in the area. By any measure, he is among Ohio State’s top wide receiver targets in 2019. Wilson is ranked as the No. 79 prospect in 2019 and the No. 14 wide receiver nationally.
California receiver cancels planned Ohio State visit
As Land of 10 reported on Thursday, Ohio State was scheduled to host 4-star California wide receiver Mycah Pittman for an unofficial visit on March 3. However, he was forced to cancel that trip because of unplanned circumstances. Pittman is ranked as the No. 52 player in the 2019 class and the No. 9 wide receiver.
“I ended up not being able to make the visit due to storms. I’m looking to reschedule my visit soon, I believe in a week or two,” Pittman said.
Some of Pittman’s major offers include Ohio State, USC, UCLA, Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, LSU, Texas A&M and other standout programs. He holds 27 offers. Pittman is a 6-foot, 195-pound prospect and the No. 7 prospect in California.
Ohio State speaking daily with standout Georgia receiver
Griffin (Ga.) Spalding wide receiver Zion Puckett is not necessarily a name that has received as much attention as several of Ohio State’s other targets at the position in the 2019 recruiting class. In fact, Puckett has barely been mentioned as a target for the Buckeyes.
With offers from Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Stanford, South Carolina and several other schools, Puckett has one of the most impressive offer lists in the country. Ohio State is one of the programs staying in contact with Puckett the most frequently since offering on Feb. 6.
“I’ve been in contact with Ohio State every day. I have planned to be there for their spring game, and I have a few other visits set up, too,” Puckett said. “I’ll be at South Carolina on March 3 as well, but I don’t have the rest of them nailed down yet.”
Puckett is a 6-1, 190-pound receiver, ranked as the No. 275 player in the 2019 class, the No. 43 wide receiver and the No. 29 player in Georgia. His trip to Ohio State for the spring game, scheduled for April 14, will be his first visit to Columbus as a recruit.
“I’ve been speaking with Coach [Alex] Grinch and Urban Meyer, the head coach. I’m mainly interested in their tradition of academics and success on the football field,” Puckett said.
More targets to watch
This is hardly a comprehensive list of Ohio State’s wide receiver targets to watch, but rather an update on storylines with a selection of some of the program’s top targets. The Buckeyes also will receive a visit from Tennessee wide receiver T.J. Sheffield on March 30, Sheffield confirmed to Land of 10. Ohio State also is heavily involved with top receivers including David Bell, Theo Wease, Lance Wilhoite, John Dunmore, Jameson Williams, Marcus Washington, DeMarcco Hellams, Jashawn Sheffield, Tayvion Robinson and Deshon Stoudemire. There is plenty of time left for the priority board to shape up for the Buckeyes with this many targets in play.
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