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What’s new with 4-star Texas quarterback Grant Tisdale?
Allen (Texas) quarterback Grant Tisdale was one of the first prospects on Ohio State’s 2019 quarterback radar, landing an offer from the Buckeyes coaching staff in May 2017. Tisdale is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback (the No. 8 dual-threat passer in 2019 per the 247Sports composite) after accounting for more than 3,000 all-purpose yards and 45 touchdowns as a junior. He’s a 4-star prospect and the No. 314 overall player in his class.
Yet despite Tisdale’s long-held offer from Ohio State and his interest in the Buckeyes, it appears that contact has been falling off between the two sides.
“I haven’t been talking with Ohio State as frequently lately. I don’t really know why,” Tisdale told Land of 10. “I’ve been speaking most often with Oregon, Ole Miss, and Baylor.”
Ohio State just hosted Baltimore quarterback Jalon Jones for an unofficial visit and offered him while he was on campus. The Buckeyes are also set to host three other recently offered quarterbacks in the coming weeks as their search for a signal caller heats up. Still, Tisdale isn’t out of the picture and hopes to get back to campus.
“I’m planning on trying to set up my official visit at Ohio State in the spring. I’m also trying to get up to Ole Miss for a visit, but that would be unofficial,” Tisdale said. “I may also visit Penn State in the spring if they offer, but I don’t know if that would be an official or not.”
It will be interesting to see if that visit is ultimately set up or not. Ohio State has offered 11 quarterbacks in 2019, but four have committed elsewhere and at least one more (Eugene, Ore., quarterback Michael Johnson Jr.) is unlikely to be a serious option. Tisdale has been considered by some to be the favorite to claim Ohio State’s quarterback spot in the 2019 class, but his decreased contact with the coaching staff is an interesting development to watch.
4-star offensive lineman Harry Miller is an All-American
Buford (Ga.) offensive lineman Harry Miller, a long-time Ohio State target, has committed to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game in January 2019. Miller is ranked as the No. 11 tackle in the country, but at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, he’s certainly a candidate to move inside as an interior offensive lineman in college. He also checks in as the No. 63 prospect overall and No. 8 player in Georgia in Georgia.
Miller recently named Ohio State to his top-5 schools list, alongside Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Stanford. He visited Notre Dame last weekend and still has trips to Stanford and Ohio State scheduled in the spring. Check out the details on Miller’s visit plans here.
— Harry Miller (@harrymiller76) March 4, 2018
4-star running back Sampson James will return to campus
The Indianapolis area has been kind to Ohio State in recent years, sending players such as Pete Werner, Austin Mack, and Terry McLaurin to the Buckeyes program in recent cycles. Urban Meyer and his assistants have been able to make inroads with several major programs in the Hoosier State’s capital since he arrived at Ohio State and they’re hoping those relationships will continue to pay dividends.
Avon (Ind.) running back Sampson James is one of the latest prospects to receive the focus and attention of Ohio State’s coaching staff, landing an offer from the Buckeyes in November as he watched the team defeat Michigan State. The 6-1, 211-pound back is a 4-star prospect, the No. 8 running back in his class, the No. 2 prospect in Indiana, and the No. 140 prospect overall in the 2019 class. He’ll soon be making his second unofficial visit to Columbus.
“We’re coming to Columbus to watch one of Ohio State’s spring practices on Monday, March 19. That’s the only visit we have lined up right now, to my knowledge,” Avon coach Mark Bless told Land of 10.
James posted 1,967 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns during his junior season, drawing the attention of many of the top programs in the Midwest and around the country. James’ offer list includes most of the Big Ten: Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Minnesota, and Iowa. Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida State, and Tennessee are some of the other major programs to offer James.
It may be too early to seriously handicap James’ recruitment, as at least half a dozen programs remain in play. Nonetheless, Ohio State is rightfully considered to be among the very top contenders for James and should be in play for him until the end of his recruitment.
“He would like to have a verbal commitment prior to his senior season,” Bless said of James.
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