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Top recruits flocking to Ohio State for spring game
In case you missed it earlier, be sure to check out the expected visitors list for the Ohio State spring game on Saturday. The Buckeyes will be bringing in blue-chip recruits from around the country for the annual scrimmage and you can find a comprehensive list at that link. There are weather concerns for the game that will bear watching, however.
Buckeyes impress California tight end
Ohio State has seen an uptick in California recruiting in recent years, but it’s still rare to see the Buckeyes make a serious push on the left coast. They’re making an exception for Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Isaiah Foskey, a highly regarded 2019 prospect with an offer from the Buckeyes. Foskey is ranked as the No. 5 tight end in the 2019 class and the No. 147 prospect overall in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Foskey visited Ohio State on April 5 as part of a multi-school swing during his spring break that took him across the country. It was the California native’s first trip to Columbus and he came away impressed with what the Buckeyes had to offer.
“I liked it a lot. I liked coach Urban Meyer’s mentality with the football players and how they want to be after the season. He really cares about that,” Foskey told Land of 10. “And what he wants out of his football team, with pushing to win the national championship, I like that mentality. They want you to graduate and go on to a career after football and they want you to compete for and win championships. I like that mentality a lot.”
Although it was his first visit to the school, Ohio State made an impression on Foskey that should last. Expect the Buckeyes to make the top-schools cut for the 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end.
“Ohio State stacks up pretty high. They might be in my top-schools list when I drop that. I feel like they are going to be up there. Location doesn’t really matter with me, it’s about the perfect fit,” Foskey said. “Academics have to be high and I know that Ohio State ranks pretty well and football is pretty well, too. They can compete for a national title almost every year and I like that, too.”
Foskey’s impressive list of visits took him to Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State on consecutive days. His Penn State trip was an official visit, but the other four visits were unofficial. With nearly 30 offers, he’s working hard to separate the wheat from the chaff in his recruitment.
“I’m trying to narrow it down. Going on all of these visits makes me think about what I really want in a college and helps me find unique questions that I need to have answered,” Foskey said. “It helps me narrow it down before my season starts, which is when I want to cut it down to a top 10 or top 15, something like that.”
Ohio State did well to show Foskey the importance of academics and career development away from the football field, but athletics obviously are on his list of considerations.
“The most important consideration is academics and how they’re going to use me as the tight end position. If they want me at defensive end, I still want to pick their brain on that, because I’m not sure if I really want to play defensive end. I’d prefer playing tight end,” Foskey said, noting that Tennessee, UCLA and Colorado were the primary programs recruiting him as a defensive end.
“I liked the mentality with what Coach Meyer said about helping guys to go get careers after the football season because football can’t last forever. They help you with the major you want. I really want to connect with a coach.”
In addition to those five programs that Foskey recently visited, he also holds offers from Alabama, UCLA, Michigan, USC, Notre Dame and most of the country’s blue-blood programs. Foskey is one of seven 2019 tight ends to hold an Ohio State offer and remains uncommitted.
Other prospects to watch at the position are South Carolina recruit Luke Deal (will visit April 21), fellow California native Jude Wolfe, Arizona product Brayden Liebrock and Chicago-area tight end Jahleel Billingsley.
Top tackle recruit makes surprise Ohio State visit
Ohio State received a surprise unofficial visit Wednesday from Pennsylvania tackle Andrew Kristofic. I spoke with Kristofic earlier in the week and he revealed that he was closing in on a commitment. The Buckeyes were in his final four with Notre Dame, Clemson and Wisconsin.
The Pine-Richland product previously stated that he was unsure whether he would take more visits before deciding, so for Ohio State to bring him back to campus was a major development. Kristofic hadn’t visited Columbus since late January and took unofficial visits to Notre Dame (March 27) and Clemson (April 7), so this was a great chance for the Buckeyes.
“This visit wasn’t even a thing until late Monday night,” Kristofic laughed.
He didn’t return to his Pittsburgh-area home until late Wednesday night after the unofficial visit, which was mostly centered around sit-down meetings with Kristofic, his family, Meyer and other coaches.
Kristofic had school work to take care of and the night was getting late, so Land of 10 will have a more in-depth update on him soon. With that having been said, all reports are that the visit went great for Ohio State.
The sense I’ve gotten is that the Buckeyes and Clemson are chasing Notre Dame and fighting to supplant the Irish. When there’s a perceived clear No. 1 program in a recruitment and multiple programs are chasing that school, it can create a dynamic that allows the chasers to help each other topple the leader. The fact that Clemson and Ohio State feel that they’re within striking distance of Notre Dame means they can help extend this recruitment and increase their odds of surprising the Irish.
Kristofic is an ideal left tackle prospect with the length, athleticism and mobility to develop into a great lineman. Ohio State would love to bring the Pennsylvania product into the fold and I’ll have more insight on their odds of pulling that off in the near future.
Connecticut defensive back will visit Ohio State
Four-star Connecticut defensive back Tyler Rudolph never has visited Ohio State, but the 6-1, 205-pound safety is planning to make his first trip to Columbus since receiving his offer from the Buckeyes in February.
During Nike’s The Opening regional in New Jersey earlier this month, Rudolph told Land of 10 recruiting analyst Tyler Donohue that he has several visits in the works.
“I’ve scheduled Penn State and Michigan for sure right now [for official visits],” Rudolph told Land of 10, adding that he’s working on scheduling official visits to Ohio State and Florida as well.
Penn State is the perceived leader and likely destination for Rudolph and will receive his first official visit for the Blue and White spring game on April 21. Rudolph, who plans to commit in May or June, has strong relationships with the Nittany Lions.
“The more you visit [Penn State], the more they make you feel like family… I feel like all the coaches know what we’ve been through and what we had to do to get here,” Rudolph said.
I’d be surprised if the Buckeyes landed Rudolph, but they seem likely to bring him to campus before he decides.
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