Can Ohio State go 2-for-2 on top Texas receivers?
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2 top WR targets, Jalen Curry and Garrett Wilson, had great days at the opening! They were fast, strong, and unable to be contained. Crystal balls look good for both of them. Do u think we land the duo?👀
— OhioState4life❗ (@aiden_bowles) April 8, 2018
Austin Lake Travis product Garrett Wilson and Jalen Curry of Houston St. Pius X, both 4-star recruits, aren’t just two of the top wide receivers in the country — they’re ranked No. 6 and No. 19 at the position in the 247Sports composite rankings, respectively — they’re two of Ohio State’s top targets at the position. The Buckeyes have actively courted the two elite Texan wide receivers, recently hosting Wilson on campus for an unofficial visit in March and hoping to bring Curry up soon.
Ohio State is on the short-list of programs who have a serious chance to land both prospects.
The Buckeyes are only battling with Texas for Wilson, who will make an official visit to Columbus on April 14 and will do the same to Texas the following weekend before announcing a decision shortly afterwards. Wilson was born and raised in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, and moved to Austin during his later middle school years, meaning this recruitment is a battle of his two hometowns.
It feels too close to call between Ohio State and Texas right now, but I’d give a slight edge to the Buckeyes heading into Wilson’s official visits.
Curry’s recruitment is far more wide open and Ohio State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Florida State all seem to have a legitimate chance at landing him out of the Houston area. I would take LSU as the favorite at the moment for Curry, but this really does feel like a recruitment that won’t end any time soon. He has yet to visit Ohio State — and will not do so for the spring game, despite some reports — and would have to do that before the Buckeyes become a real player here.
Ohio State has also seriously recruited Curry’s teammate Grant Gunnell, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country. Gunnell is arguably the top quarterback target for the Buckeyes in 2019, though they’ll have to make serious moves to beat out LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and other programs for his services.
Six other wide receivers in the state of Texas — a shockingly high number — also hold offers from Ohio State, but only one appears to be a realistic option. That would be West Mesquite product Dylan Wright, a 4-star recruit and the No. 31 overall receiver in the 2019 class.
Wright recently made an unofficial visit to Ohio State on March 30 as part of a swing that also included Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Texas. In addition to those programs, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Arkansas seem to have traction for Wright. The Longhorns seem to be the favorite here for the 6-foot-3, 192-pound recruit, but he’s also a player who could carry his recruitment out for quite some time.
I think Ohio State likely goes one-for-three in this group, a damn good batting average for Urban Meyer and company when competing against the major programs in the Southwest for some of Texas’ top recruits. If I had to bet today, I have Wilson to Ohio State, Curry to LSU, and Wright to Texas.
The good news is that I view Wilson as the best receiver of that bunch. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect is far from the largest recruit that Ohio State has targeted at wide receiver in this class, but he may just be the most explosive.
Wilson has been lighting it up this offseason, embarrassing defensive backs left and right at high-profile events, including the Adidas 7-on-7 National Championships in California and Nike’s The Opening regional camp in Houston. I suspect that his ranking — already ultra-impressive as the No. 46 recruit overall in the class — is going to continue climbing in coming months.
Check out a video of one of Baldwin’s ridiculous grabs in California below courtesy of SB Nation’s Bud Elliott, before continuing to read the rest of the article, and also check out other angles here and here.
— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) April 10, 2018
In addition to Ohio State being able to recruit Wilson based off of his family ties to Columbus and fond, nostalgic memories of growing up as a Buckeyes fan and taking in many games in the Horseshoe, they have somewhat of an ace in the hole in Matt Baldwin.
Baldwin is Ohio State’s 2018 quarterback signee and is already enrolled on campus early as a freshman, meaning he was around for Wilson’s March 23 unofficial visit and will be on hand again for the Texas receiver’s spring game visit on April 14, although he won’t play because of a knee injury. Baldwin played alongside Wilson at Lake Travis each of the last three seasons. The duo helped lead Lake Travis to a state championship appearance, where they came up just short (35-33) against Allen, another powerhouse program.
It seems like the Buckeyes are beginning to pull into the lead for Wilson, but it’s not safe to count him into the class yet. Still, there have been positive signs both behind the scenes and on social media in recent days. The Texas receiver has been tweeting with folks such as Michael Thomas, the former Ohio State receiver who’s been lighting it up for the New Orleans Saints, and David Bell, another top Buckeyes target at wide receiver out of Indiana.
Ohio State’s upcoming official visit with Wilson will be massive for this recruiting class as a whole and his recruitment specifically. The Buckeyes are in strong position, but Texas won’t go down without a fight. There’s still ground to be made up for Curry and Wright.
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