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Ohio State makes cut for 2 top-100 players
If you have been a frequent reader of Dotting the Eyes, you should be aware that it is officially #TopListSZN. Recruits around the country are releasing their lists of top schools or final cuts every day — groups that feature endless permutations of school combinations and a variety of numbers. Some recruits will release top-20 lists, while others will go from offer lists of 30 or more schools down to a final two.
On Wednesday, Ohio State made the cut for two elite prospects who released a top schools list.
Minneapolis Edina tackle Quinn Carroll, the top player in Minnesota’s 2019 recruiting class, narrowed his list of more than 30 offers to six. Carroll named Ohio State alongside Notre Dame, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State and Virginia Tech. He is ranked as the No. 57 prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 10 tackle nationally.
I'm truly grateful to every school that has offered me a scholarship, and it's been an honor getting to know every coach who has recruited me. That said, after much prayer and many conversations with my family, these are the six programs that I will be considering moving forward. pic.twitter.com/4pGteCi8Sd
— Quinn Carroll (@q_ocarroll) March 7, 2018
Ohio State has not hosted Carroll for an unofficial visit since September, a trend that will have to change if the Buckeyes want to remain a contender for the Minnesota tackle. Since then, Carroll has made four unofficial visits to Minnesota and two each to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Notre Dame appears to have the inside track for the Minnesota standout.
The Buckeyes also made the top group for St. Louis Trinity Catholic wide receiver Marcus Washington, another 2019 standout with more than 30 scholarship offers. Washington named the Buckeyes in his top 10 alongside Alabama, Florida State, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas and USC. The Missouri native is ranked as the No. 10 wide receiver in the class, the No. 61 player overall and the No. 2 player in Missouri.
— Marcus Washington (@_MarcusW11) March 7, 2018
Ohio State offered Washington in April 2017, and he has visited the Buckeyes twice since then. Washington visited Columbus in late July and early September. Dating back to last summer, he also has taken unofficial visits to Alabama, Michigan, Louisville, Illinois, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Ohio State has become a coveted offer for St. Louis prospects since the Buckeyes landed Ezekiel Elliott in the 2013 recruiting class. Elliott, a former Missouri prep star, had a prolific career at Ohio State and a solid start with the Dallas Cowboys.
Washington is one of five prospects in the St. Louis area in the 2019 class to land an Ohio State offer. He is joined by 5-star athlete Isaiah Williams, 4-star wide receiver Jameson Williams, 4-star linebacker Shammond Cooper and 4-star safety Jalani Williams.
Georgia safety will make first Ohio State visit
We last spoke about Atlanta Marist School product Kyle Hamilton shortly after the Buckeyes offered the 3-star prospect in late February. Hamilton, a 6-foot-3, 188-pound safety, has received many new offers in recent weeks and months. Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and a dozen other programs have offered Hamilton since the start of February.
“First off, it was a big offer. It’s a big school and a great football school, one of the most dominant programs in the country. I’ve been talking to coach Alex Grinch. He’s the linebackers coach up there, and we’ve been talking back and forth for a couple days now,” Hamilton told Land of 10 when he was offered. “He contacted me once before he offered me and then called me the next day to offer. They’re recruiting me as a safety.”
Since then, Hamilton has been on an impressive nationwide tour of visits. Most of those visits have been centered around his home in Georgia, with trips during the last week and a half to Georgia, Clemson and Duke.
Had a great time at UGA today! pic.twitter.com/jw0G1FuN3t
— Kyle Hamilton (@kham316) March 7, 2018
Hamilton’s tour will turn north this week, when he will visit two of the country’s most-storied programs. The Georgia safety confirmed to Land of 10 that he will make unofficial visits to Notre Dame on Thursday and to Ohio State on Friday. He previously visited South Bend, Ind., in November, before the Irish had offered, but this will be his first trip to check out the Buckeyes.
Ohio State has offered nearly 20 safeties. The Buckeyes have not yet pinned down a hierarchy of prospects at the position, but Hamilton is one of the more interesting prospects to watch. With more than 30 offers, he seems due for a jump in the rankings. The 247Sports composite lists Hamilton as the No. 82 safety nationally and the No. 126 player in Georgia’s 2019 class. He is not among the top 1,000 players nationally, a status that is not reflected by his offer list.
Buckeyes to pursue elite point guard
Ohio State already has signed four basketball recruits in the 2018 class, but the Buckeyes are looking to capitalize on opportunities to add elite talent to the roster. The controversies surrounding Arizona coach Sean Miller and allegations of his payments to recruits have led to multiple de-commitments from the Wildcats program, including 2018 point guard Brandon Williams, who de-committed on March 2.
Williams is ranked as the No. 7 point guard in 2018 and the No. 31 player in the class. The 6-2, 185-pound Williams hails from Encino (Calif.) Crespi and had been committed to Arizona since June 6. Multiple reports have indicated that Ohio State has reached out to Williams since his de-commitment from Arizona, including 247Sports’ Josh Gershon.
“I got calls from Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, UCLA, Ohio State, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Georgetown and Kentucky is [supposed] to be calling,” Williams told Gershon. “As of now, I’m taking things slow and focusing on my high school team. After the season I’ll talk to my family about visits.”
Two back-court players already have signed with the Buckeyes in 2018 — Jersey City (N.J.) 4-star shooting guard Luther Muhammad and 3-star Chatsworth (Calif.) combo guard Duane Washington — but neither is a true point guard. It would be huge for Chris Holtmann and his staff to add a talent of Williams’ caliber.
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