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What I’m hearing on Ohio State’s 2 official visitors
If you’ve followed Land of 10’s comprehensive coverage of Ohio State’s spring game, you know that the Buckeyes hosted two blue-chip official visitors. Texas wide receiver Garrett Wilson and Georgia center Harry Miller, both top-60 prospects nationally, were those two players, and they were part of a loaded visitor list which featured nearly 50 confirmed recruits.
A 4-star wide receiver, Wilson is ranked as the No. 46 prospect overall, the No. 6 wide receiver, and the No. 7 prospect in Texas in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2019 class. He hails from Austin Lake Travis, one of the Lone Star State’s powerhouse programs, which also produced Buckeyes freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin.
Wilson told Land of 10 that he was having an “awesome” visit and that he enjoyed the energy around the game. He met with former Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas and spent much of the weekend with his parents, meeting the program’s players and coaches and getting more familiar with what the university had to offer.
The fact that Wilson has visited Ohio State twice in a period of a little over three weeks has given the Buckeyes a ton of momentum. Land of 10 has spoken with multiple sources around Wilson’s recruitment coming out of the visit, and confidence is higher than it has ever been on Ohio State’s end. The Buckeyes hit a home run on this visit.
While he still has an official visit remaining to Texas this coming weekend before announcing his decision “by the end of April,” per a source, I would be shocked if Wilson did not end up at Ohio State. You never know what can happen with a recruit on an official visit, but every indication is that the Buckeyes seized control of this recruitment and are unlikely to let go. I have Wilson penciled into this class.
It’s unlikely that Miller has a decision coming quite as quickly. Land of 10 has not yet spoken with the Georgia lineman, but Ohio State sources say they continue to feel good about their odds. The Buckeyes would not have brought in Miller for an official visit if they didn’t think they had a chance to close on him this spring.
With the advent of spring official visits, Ohio State appears to be reserving those trips for players that meet two qualifications. First, they must be serious about making a decision in the spring or early summer, and do not intend to take their recruitments late into the winter. Second, they must be serious about Ohio State as a likely destination. The Buckeyes don’t want to use official visits on prospects who will decide 7-10 months from now and are checking out the program for the first time.
Why is this relevant for Miller? There’s been concern that he could choose to wait for news of his acceptance to Stanford, which would take his recruitment into the fall or winter, possibly as late as January. As of now, I don’t think that’s likely to happen. Stanford is the most serious competition for Ohio State in Miller’s recruitment — more so than Georgia, Clemson, or Notre Dame — but I think the Buckeyes will land his commitment without him waiting on the Cardinal.
Notre Dame also has told Miller that it would prefer to host him for a September official visit. Clemson is not hosting spring official visits and will instead bring in Miller for an unofficial visit on May 19.
I don’t think Ohio State would have brought Miller in if it thought his recruitment would drag into the later months of the year. He’s shown a willingness to make unofficial visits all over the country, but to me, this indicates that the Buckeyes think they have a real chance to close on Miller on by the start of the summer.
Stanford will bear watching and I think it’s the only school with reasonable odds of overcoming Ohio State. Still, I continue to have the Buckeyes as the leader and am told that Miller and his family’s relationships at Ohio State are the best in his recruitment by a significant margin. For that reason, I continue to have the Buckeyes as my pick.
Miller is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound prospect being recruited by Ohio State as a center. He is ranked as the No. 53 prospect overall in the 2019 class, the No. 2 center and the No. 8 prospect in the state of Georgia.
Ohio State ‘top of the list’ for super frosh OL after offering
Freshman Maryland offensive lineman Landon Tengwall already has made a name for himself as one of the country’s elite prospects in his class. The 2021 prospect is already 6-6 and 300 pounds at age 15, building an impressive frame with hard work in the weight room. Tengwall already has compiled offers from Miami, Penn State, Maryland and others.
Ohio State joined that offer list during Tengwall’s unofficial visit to campus during the Buckeyes spring game on Saturday.
“I talked to Coach [Greg] Studrawa first and he was a really funny and great guy. Afterwards, I got to meet Coach [Urban] Meyer, which was very surreal for me because I’ve grown up watching him on TV, so to meet him was very awesome. Then I was about to leave when [defensive line coach Larry] Johnson stopped me,” Tengwall said. “We talked about how I need to remain humble and stay hungry. I promised him that I would and he said, ‘Well, you have an offer from The Ohio State University. It was really cool.”
Tengwall visited with his mother and was seemingly blown away by the Buckeyes offer and everything he experienced on his visit. It’s incredibly early in his recruitment, but the freshman says Ohio State is already atop his list.
“The trip up here meant a lot. It was a great experience and the game was a lot of fun. The best part was speaking and meeting with the coaches — they are all great guys who are some of the best coaches in the world,” Tengwall said. “I love how much emphasis they put on the academics and life after football. This is one of the best programs in the nation and they are at the top of my list.”
Next up on the docket for Tengwall are unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State on April 16 and 17, respectively. Neither school has offered yet.
The Buckeyes also offered 2019 North Carolina defensive end Terrell Dawkins during his unofficial visit. Land of 10 has spoken with Dawkins and will have more on his offer on Monday.
Top 5, top 5, top 5
(Please read that heading in your best Drake voice.)
Ohio State made the top 5 cut for two 2019 prospects they’ve offered in the Northeast.
Malvern (Pa.) Prep linebacker Keith Maguire announced that the Buckeyes made his top 5 alongside Notre Dame, Alabama, Clemson and North Carolina. Maguire visited Ohio State on March 23 for the first time, an important visit for the Philadelphia area native, as he’s looking to “commit in the summer probably.”
“It was great. Campus was awesome, the facilities were awesome. I had some great meetings with the coaches — Coach [Greg] Schiano, Coach [Bill] Davis, and Coach Meyer… I think meeting with them and getting to know them was very important. It was good,” Maguire previously told Land of 10.
Maguire intends to take all five official visits before deciding.
Also naming Ohio State to his top 5 was Connecticut defensive back Tyler Rudolph, a player recently discussed in this column. The Buckeyes made the cut with Penn State (the perceived leader and likely landing spot), Michigan, Florida and Clemson.
Rudolph previously told Land of 10 that he has planned official visits to Penn State and Michigan and is pursuing Ohio State and Florida visits in the near future. He made an unofficial visit to Clemson on Saturday.
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