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Ohio State offers talented in-state T Jonathan Allen
Ohio State offered in-state 2019 Dayton Dunbar tackle Jonathan Allen on Thursday during an evaluation visit from Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson.
“I don’t think it’s hit him yet how big he’s become and how big this is, but he’s definitely excited,” Dunbar coach Darran Powell told Land of 10. “He’s happy about it.”
Allen has been to Ohio State’s campus on numerous occasions, including twice this offseason. The 6-foot-8, 315-pound tackle is scheduled to visit again on Sunday and likely will return for a camp in June, Powell said. He will be looking a what Ohio State offers off and on the field.
“I think one of the biggest things that stands out for him is the life after football. Being a Buckeye, you’re open to a lot of great opportunities outside of the game,” Powell said. “He has a 3.5, 3.6 GPA and is No. 6 in his class, so academics are very strong for him. There’s an opportunity for his twin sister to go there as well, I think, academically, so it just fits him.”
Allen has emerged as a prospect shockingly fast. More than two dozen schools have offered Allen, including 17 Power 5 programs — Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana and Pitt are among them — after less than a year of high school football.
“His development has been tremendous. He didn’t put a helmet on until two weeks before the first game. … He’s a smart kid. Once he sees something and gets a hold on it, he progresses and it gets easy for him. He has progressed tremendously since August and throughout the whole season,” Powell said. “His IQ is off the charts, especially for a first-year player, and his potential is through the roof.
“If anything, he just needs to play a little lower. I think he plays a little high, so he has to get used to bending and getting a little more flexible to play lower, but I will say that we scored 3 game-winning touchdowns running behind him. He hasn’t even had a full year of the weight room yet because he’s a four-sport athlete [football, basketball, baseball and shot put]. So once he gets in the weight room, wow.”
Powell said he expects Allen to commit before the start of his senior season. Before then, he is expected to visit several camps in June and release a stop-schools list in the middle of the summer.
Immediately after Ohio State offered Allen, I submitted a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction that he would end up playing for the Buckeyes. I don’t see that changing. Allen is rated as a 3-star recruit, but there’s plenty of time for him to move up in the rankings.
Ohio State offers Dwan Mathis, 2019 Michigan State QB commit
In case you missed it, Ohio State offered 2019 quarterback Dwan Mathis, a Michigan State commit, Thursday morning. Land of 10 reported the offer and included comments from Mathis on what it meant for his recruitment earlier in the day, but the offer warrants additional insight and analysis.
Several people have asked if the offer to Mathis reflects a lack of confidence by Ohio State about its ability to land 4-star Houston St. Pius X quarterback Grant Gunnell, who made an official visit to Columbus on Friday and Saturday.
It is not.
Mathis has been on Ohio State’s radar since his freshman season and the 4-star prospect earned the offer on his own merits. He camped with Ohio State twice in the summer of 2017 and turned in an impressive performance at Friday Night Lights. If he visits, things could become very serious between the Buckeyes and Mathis (Oak Park/Belleville, Mich.)
This doesn’t change the pecking order at quarterback, though. Ohio State is legitimately interested in Mathis, but Gunnell remains the priority. The latter might not make a commitment until June — perhaps during the Elite 11 finals June 1 to 3.
The Buckeyes are confident in their chances with Gunnell, but as long as he looks around and doesn’t make a commitment, Ohio State has to do the same. Will Mathis force the program’s hand and try to flip before Gunnell can commit? That would surprise me, but it would be an interesting dilemma for Ohio State. I don’t know what they would do, but I’m not sure they could say no.
Top WR recruit will return to Ohio State
Land of 10 has confirmed a report by TheWolverine.com recruiting analyst Adam Ghabour that 4-star wide receiver David Bell will make a two-day unofficial visit to Ohio State on May 21 and 22. It’s perhaps telling that this is the only visit Bell has scheduled, though return trips to Michigan and Purdue are also on the top.
Ohio State is the heavy favorite for Bell on the 247Sports Crystal Ball feature, capturing 70 percent of predictions, including my own. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Indianapolis Warren Central is one of the most highly regarded receivers in the country. The 247Sports composite rankings consider Bell to be the No. 18 wide receiver and No. 104 prospect overall in the 2019 class.
Bell has traveled to Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa and Penn State in the spring months and each of those schools is seriously involved with Indiana’s top prospect.
The Buckeyes’ wide receiver recruiting has been interesting to follow. With 5-star commit Garrett Wilson in the fold, Ohio State still has two or three spots remaining for top-end wide receivers. There are as many as 10 receivers who seem to be realistic options to commit to the Buckeyes’ 2019 class, with another seven or eight who list Ohio State as a contender but seem unlikely to commit.
There has been little clarity to the Buckeyes’ board at wide receiver, but I’ve been told there is a lot of momentum for Bell to Ohio State on a couple fronts. His interest in the program remains very strong and I believe that Ohio State would accept his commitment at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if this got done sooner, rather than later and I think you could see Bell in this class by the end of May.
Bell is a two-sport star — he has an offer to play both football and basketball at Indiana — who helped Warren Central capture a state basketball title in Indiana, scoring over 5-star Hoosiers signee Romeo Langford on back-to-back possessions. Bell is an athletic marvel.
Ohio State makes top 5 for Florida CB
The Buckeyes made the top-5 cut for cornerback John Dixon (Chamberlain, Tampa, Fla.), a 3-star recruit in the Class of 2019. Alabama, Miami, Penn State and South Carolina also made the list for the 6-foot, 170-pound Dixon, who has no relation to the Buckeyes wide receiver of the same name.
Dixon is ranked as the No. 367 overall prospect and No. 33 cornerback. He was offered in June and last visited campus in October to watch the Buckeyes defeat Penn State in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson hits the road in Dayton
Wilson, Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, made the short trip from Columbus to Dayton on Thursday. He visited several high schools, including stops Land of 10 learned about at Dayton Dunbar and Trotwood-Madison.
He saw Allen at Dunbar, but noteworthy prospects at the two schools include 2019 Trotwood-Madison tight end Justin Stephens, 2020 Dunbar outside linebacker Jordan Cameron and 2020 Trotwood-Madison cornerback Sammy Anderson.
Stephens, in particular, has had a huge offseason. The 6-7, 240-pound tight end has landed Power 5 offers from LSU, Iowa, Boston College, Kentucky, Purdue, Duke and Rutgers. Ohio State’s interest is intriguing in a year without a clear-cut top tight end target.
Anderson, a 6-2 defensive back, has landed early offers from Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and other programs. Cameron awaits his first scholarship offer.
Additionally, Ohio State safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch made a stop at Carrollton, Ga., the home of two Buckeyes offers: 2020 linebacker Kevin Swint and 2021 linebacker Chaz Chambliss.
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