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4-star RB Deondrick Glass emerges as an Ohio State target
Running back will be one of Ohio State’s most widespread searches for talent in the country in the 2019 class, as evidenced by the more than a dozen offers out at the position. The Buckeyes have offered running backs in eight states, including Katy (Texas) product Deondrick Glass. Glass, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound player, is ranked as a 4-star prospect, the No. 14 running back in the country, and the No. 193 prospect overall in 2019 on the 247Sports composite rankings.
While Glass has not been publicized much as a realistic target for Ohio State, the Buckeyes seem to be clearly in the mix for his services. Glass’ offer list is long and includes powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida State, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and several other Power 5 programs. Glass holds nearly two dozen offers and has been in touch with some standout programs to set up visits.
“I’ve been in contact with coach Tony Alford quite a bit right now. Me and my dad are working on getting information together and coming up there for a visit in either April or May,” Glass told Land of 10. “We will be visiting Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma soon also.”
Glass has not yet been to Ohio State and his planned spring visit will be his first time seeing the Columbus Ohio campus. Still, his relationship with running backs coach Alford and Ohio State’s recent track records with Texas prospects, including breakout first-year running back J.K. Dobbins, has Ohio State very much in the mix for Glass.
“I like their colors and their tradition. I really like Coach Alford and that they play their freshmen. I also like that they’re always contenders and always have a winning season,” Glass said.
Glass was dominant in his junior season, rushing for 1,690 yards and 26 touchdowns during the fall. He averaged more than 7.8 yards per carry. The 247Sports composite rankings lists Glass as the No. 25 prospect in talent-rich Texas.
Ohio State offers Florida pass rusher Rian Davis
Ohio State’s spring barrage of scholarship offers has continued. The Buckeyes’ latest offer has gone out to 2019 defensive end/outside linebacker Rian Davis, a 3-star prospect from Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva. Davis is the second prospect in Wekiva’s 2019 recruiting class to land an Ohio State offer, joining 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Davis (no relation).
— Rian "Trouble" Davis (@Trouble_R4) March 6, 2018
“I was excited about the Ohio State offer. I think it’s a great program,” Davis told Land of 10. “I’m still learning about Ohio State. I don’t know much yet. I’ve only spoken with Coach Alford.”
Davis recently moved to Apopka from the Houston area and will play his first year of Florida high school football this fall. Although the 6-3, 225-pound standout was a known quantity before moving to Florida, his recruitment has ballooned in recent months. In the last week, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio State have offered Davis. Programs such as Nebraska, Louisville, N.C. State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Arizona also highlight Davis’ offer list.
“I’m honestly still not used to [all of the recruiting attention], but I’ve just been staying humble throughout the whole process,” Davis said.
Davis is a pass-rushing specialist who has the potential to play outside linebacker or defensive end at the next level, but he told me that Ohio State is recruiting him as a linebacker.
Are the Buckeyes on top for a Florida linebacker?
Deerfield Beach (Fla.) linebacker Ge’mon Eaford has earned his billing as one of the top outside linebackers in the country, a status reflected by his offer list and recruiting rankings. Eaford is ranked as the No. 11 outside linebacker, the No. 25 prospect in Florida and the No. 175 prospect overall in 2019 on the 247Sports composite. He checks in at 6-1 and 220 pounds.
Eaford has earned offers from the likes of Ohio State, Auburn, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State and several other major programs. His current offer list is astounding: 43 offers in all.
Despite a robust offer list that features many of the premier programs in the South, Ohio State has managed to place itself in the top group for Eaford, according to an interview the Florida linebacker conducted with Rivals.com recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy.
“Auburn, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Those are the ones I’m really interested in right now. Those are the standouts. … I loved [the visit],” Eaford said to Cassidy. “I like the coaching staff at Ohio State – all of the coaches. I liked everything up there. I feel like that could be home.”
It is far, far, far too early to take any top schools list from a South Florida prospect seriously. Eaford previously named Mark Richt’s Miami program as a leader and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his list of top programs change again and again until his recruitment ends. Still, Ohio State is in the ball game and has clearly impressed Eaford early on.
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