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Ohio State offers in-state 2020 defensive end Darrion Henry
In-state 2020 defensive end Darrion Henry became the latest Ohioan to land an offer from the Buckeyes during an unofficial visit to campus on Monday. Henry, a product of Cincinnati Princeton, has added Ohio State to an offer list that previously included Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Miami (Ohio). The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Henry was incredibly impressive during the Under Armour All-America regional camp in Geneva (Ohio) on Saturday, competing and battling against top offensive linemen from around the Midwest.
— D Hen🤡 (@darrion_henry) February 19, 2018
Henry is an impressively athletic prospect at his size and has the tools as a defensive lineman to be perhaps the best prospect in the state of Ohio for his class. The unofficial visit to Ohio State featured meetings between a contingent of Henry, two of his teammates, Princeton coaches and the majority of Ohio State’s coaches.
Henry was joined on the unofficial visit by a pair of teammates — 2020 linebacker Jaheim Thomas and 2020 cornerback Elijah Eberhardt. Both prospects also competed at the Under Armour camp. Eberhardt does not yet hold any offers, but Michigan State and Ohio State have shown interest. Thomas holds three offers — Rutgers, Toledo, and Bowling Green.
“We each got to see our positions practice and they showed us the campus, weight rooms, locker rooms, outside fields — we pretty much saw everything. It was so live, I loved it. It was a great visit,” Thomas said. “I spoke with their cornerbacks coach, the defensive coordinator, the linebackers coach — basically all of the coaches. We built our relationships.”
According to his conversations with the Ohio State coaches, Thomas may not be far behind Henry in landing an offer from the Buckeyes. The 6-4, 200-pound linebacker impressed during the Under Armour camp, showing a surprising level of fluidity in space for his size and age.
“They said they were very close to offering me,” Thomas said. “That would mean a lot to me. I’ve liked everything about Ohio state since I was a kid. I think of Ohio State’s program as definitely one of the top programs in the country.”
Ohio State will not be Thomas’ last visit of the spring, not even close. He intends to visit many of the country’s top programs.
“I want to take a lot of visits in the spring. Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa — it’s really a lot of schools,” Thomas said.
Had a great time at Ohio state will be back for sure! @ ohiostatefb ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QtTnI7znLw
— Jaheim (@JaheimThomas454) February 19, 2018
Eberhardt, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback, echoed similar sentiments about enjoying the visit. The Buckeyes rolled out the red carpet for the trio of sophomore standouts from Princeton.
“The visit today was amazing. I had so much fun. They showed me how they take care of business in Columbus. I loved it. Having me there showed how much they are interested,” Eberhardt said. “I got to speak with all of the coaches and they were very excited to see me. They made me feel at home.”
Ohio State will continue evaluating all three prospects, and Eberhardt says he’ll be given a chance to earn an offer.
“They said the ball is in my court to perform at their camp this summer,” Eberhardt said. “It would mean a lot because they are one of the top 5 best schools in the nation, they’re among the very elite. An offer from them would be amazing.”
Finally, Henry spoke with 247Sports recruiting analyst Bill Greene about his offer and visit, describing a similar story as his teammates with the relationships built during the visit and his overall impressions of the program from the trip.
“I was at Ohio State with my coach today, and I had a great time meeting with everyone,” Henry relayed to Greene. “Before I left, (defensive line coach) Larry Johnson told me they were offering me a scholarship. This offer feels great to me, because Ohio State is one of the best, if not the best programs in the country. I could see myself playing there in the future, and they’re definitely one of my top schools.”
Coach Larry Johnson did well in building an early relationship with Henry during the visit. The young defensive lineman should be among the Midwest’s top prospects in his class and the Buckeyes assistant has already impressed Henry.
“Coach Johnson and I have the beginnings of a great relationship, and I want to get back to Ohio State to continue that relationship,” Henry told Greene. “I will probably be back in the spring, probably for spring practice.”
Ohio State is in early on Henry and they likely won’t let up any time soon. The Buckeyes won’t be done offering Ohio prospects in 2020 for quite some time, but this strong early interest from Ohio State can only be a good thing for Henry and his teammates.
Elite lineman names Ohio State to top five
Buford (Ga.) offensive lineman Harry Miller is one of several offensive linemen who have been closely linked to Ohio State in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Miller is ranked as the 2019 class’ No. 65 prospect overall and no. 11 tackle, checking in as the No. 7 recruit in Georgia. The Buckeyes have been in hot pursuit of Miller for some time and the bonds between the Georgia tackle and Ohio State have only grown stronger over time. Miller recently visited Ohio State’s campus for an unofficial visit on Jan. 13, his second unofficial visit to Columbus of the recruiting process.
On the evening of Feb. 19, Miller took to Twitter to announce a narrowed list of schools. With nearly 30 offers in hand, recruiting can be difficult to manage and Miller’s top group will cut out some of the extraneous programs who no longer have a serious chance to land him. As expected, Ohio State made that group:
Current Top 5🌰🍀🐯🐶🌲 pic.twitter.com/iYL8MSMell
— Harry Miller (@harrymiller76) February 19, 2018
The Buckeyes are joined by Georgia, Clemson, Stanford, and Notre Dame on Miller’s list, which is not set in any order. The stature of the programs in Miller’s top five are incredibly impressive, featuring four programs who have appeared in national title games over the last six seasons. The 6-4, 310-pound lineman is expected to continue taking unofficial and official visits to these schools throughout the spring, including a planned April return trip to Ohio State.
Texas duo to visit Columbus
Ohio State will soon receive an unofficial visit from two Houston (Texas) St. Pius X teammates on March 8. Jalen Curry confirmed previous reports that he would be visiting Ohio State in the near future alongside teammate and recent Texas A&M de-commit Grant Gunnell. Both prospects were recently offered by Ohio State and the Buckeyes seem to have real traction with the Houston area products. This will be the first unofficial visit to Columbus for either player.
Curry is a 6-3, 195-pound wide receiver, ranked as a 4-star prospect and the No. 88 player in the class on the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s also ranked as the No. 17 wide receiver and No. 9 player in Texas for the 2019 recruiting class. Some of his other top options include Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Florida State.
Gunnell is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country, checking in as the No. 7 player in his graduating class for Texas and the No. 50 player in the country, regardless of position. Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and LSU are some other programs involved at the moment with Gunnell, who is a prototypical quarterback physically at 6-6 and 212 pounds.
Aloha to new target on Ohio State’s radar
The Buckeyes have gone far and wide to find talented prospects in recent classes, signing athletes from places such as Idaho, Utah, and South Dakota to land players they need to compete for and win national championships. They expanded that search recently to include a Hawaiian superstar, 5-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele. Tuitele is ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle and the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.
Ohio State has not yet offered Tuitele, and it’s one of the few blue-chip programs not to do so. Tuitele holds 30 offers, including scholarships from top programs such as USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, LSU, Florida, Florida State, and several other schools. That may change in the near future, as the Hawaiian standout is planning to come to Columbus.
So far, I will be taking my unofficial visits this spring to:
⭕️hio State Buckeyes 🌰
Alabama Crimson Tide 🐘
LSU Tigers 🐅💛💜
— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) February 19, 2018
In the 2018 recruiting class, Ohio State pulled the No. 1 and No. 3 defensive tackles in the country from Florida and Idaho, respectively. Could they manage to swing an effort to bring in Tuitele from Hawaii? It remains to be seen, but it’s yet another 5-star prospect that Urban Meyer and his coaching staff will be willing to recruit from anywhere in the country.
Under Armour camp coverage
Stay tuned in the coming days for tons of content on Ohio State’s top targets and recruits in attendance at the Geneva (Ohio) stop for the Under Armour All-America camp series. I’ve already published multiple articles covering some of the top players from the camp, including Ohio State’s attempts to flip Michigan commit Nolan Rumler, the country’s No. 4 guard; 5-star tackle Devontae Dobbs’ visit to Ohio State and contact with the Buckeyes; and photos from the prospect camp.
Those articles are linked above and embedded below, but you also can look forward to more content with Ohio State targets and offered prospects such as cornerback MJ Devonshire, guard Zeke Correll, defensive tackle Jowon Briggs, and many other players receiving interest from the Buckeyes.
Ohio State is coming hard after long-time Michigan commit Nolan Rumler, one of the country’s elite guard prospects. Could the #Buckeyes flip one of the Wolverines’ best recruits in the Harbaugh era? Rumler discusses Michigan, Ohio State, and more: https://t.co/SrrE1Ql4I2 pic.twitter.com/K92K06wKlB
— Ryan Donnelly (@L10Ryan) February 19, 2018
— Landof10 Ohio State (@Landof10OSU) February 19, 2018
PHOTOS: Ohio State targets and top recruits from around the Midwest compete at Under Armour's Cleveland regional camp. Photos sorted alphabetically by prospects' last names. https://t.co/W13P88evKM
— Ryan Donnelly (@L10Ryan) February 19, 2018
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