What’s new with local 5-star DE Zach Harrison and Ohio State?
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What's the latest on Zach Harrison? Are the Buckeyes still at the top of his list and the overwhelming favorite to land him? Is he #1 on the Buckeyes recruiting board? He's the one guy I think the Buckeyes need to get. Would be huge
— Tyler Elmore (@TEOU91) March 28, 2018
For those of you who don’t know 5-star recruit Zach Harrison, he is undoubtedly the target at the top of Ohio State’s recruiting board. He’s in a tier all his own as the biggest priority recruit for the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer and his coaches badly want to keep Harrison, who is from the Columbus suburban high school Olentangy Orange in Lewis Center, right at home in Central Ohio.
Harrison is a 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end with every offer a recruit could want. You name a program and they likely have come calling for Harrison’s service — his offers include Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, and so on. The 247Sports composite has Harrison ranked as the No. 3 player overall in the 2019 class, but their own rankings have him as the No. 1 prospect.
I believe the Buckeyes are at the top of Harrison’s list, but I know he is at the top of Ohio State’s. Harrison plays information close to the vest in the recruiting game and doesn’t really enjoy the attention or hype that’s often lauded upon recruits of his talent level.
Harrison is not one who’s going to release his top 12 schools or commit to a program and then take all five official visits or anything like that. He’s going to continue quietly racking up offers and taking a few visits here or there to the best programs in the country before settling in and picking the program that makes the most sense for him and his family. Any school he chooses will be of incredibly high caliber both academically and athletically and will feature a position coach he has a strong relationship with. This is going to be a carefully considered, well-thought out decision wherever he goes.
There’s not really too much to report on Harrison at the moment though. He took a visit to Clemson over the weekend of March 30, checking out the school and what it has to offer. Next up will be scheduling his five official visits for the spring and early summer and getting a decision knocked out not too far after that process.
The schools that seem to be in serious contention for his five official visits are a group of six — Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama and Clemson. Given his proximity to Ohio State, it would make sense for him to skip an Ohio State official and take trips to the other five.
Of course, the Buckeyes would love to change his mind and would be able to show Harrison and his family a little more on an official visit, buy them dinner, and do some other things they’re not allowed to on unofficial visits. If one of those schools is a pretender, rather than a contender, for Harrison, they may get cut in favor of Ohio State.
Ultimately, I don’t think this recruitment drags past the summer and I think Harrison will be a Buckeyes commit before the start of his senior season. We haven’t seen Urban Meyer lose out on a recruit he wants in the Columbus area yet and I don’t think that Ohio State will start losing battles in their backyard any time soon.
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