It was an exciting start to the week for the Ohio State coaches and community when 4-star Avon (Ind.) running back Sampson James committed to the Buckeyes on Monday, becoming commitment No. 3 for Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. James’ pledge adds yet another blue-chip, bell-cow running back to the stable for running backs coach Tony Alford and Co., and fans are excited for good reason.
Find out how the coaches and recruits reacted to the good news for the Buckeyes below.
Ohio State recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni started the party:
— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) March 19, 2018
Alford continued it, celebrating in similar fashion:
— Coach Tony Alford (@CoachTonyAlford) March 19, 2018
Ohio State recruiting assistant Eron Hodges (officially titled as the assistant director of player personnel) felt like dancing when he heard the good news.
— Eron Hodges (@EronHodges) March 19, 2018
Shortly before the commitment, James’ younger brother, 2020 defensive tackle Nathaniel James, posted a picture from the visit. The younger James holds just one offer, from Indiana, so far but there’s plenty of time for that to change.
Great Day With Big Bro at OSU‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/XIwEewuzUI
— Nathaniel James (@j40_james) March 19, 2018
Wide receiver David Bell, Indiana’s No. 1 recruit (James is No. 2), took notice of the decision from James. He’s also a big-time Ohio State target, and the Buckeyes appear to be the clear leader for Bell, who is 247Sports No. 74 prospect overall in 2019 and the No. 13 wide receiver. Some of his major offers include Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska and eight other Power 5 programs.
— David Bell™ (@TheRealDBell_) March 19, 2018
Ohio State signee Tyreke Smith, an All-American defensive end from Cleveland in the 2018 class, was also pumped to add more talent to the program.
— Tyreke Smith™ (@T_23_baller) March 19, 2018