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Another day, another top list for Buckeyes
Spring doesn’t just bring showers and flowers, but seemingly daily top schools lists from recruits. The latest top list to include the Buckeyes comes from St. Louis Trinity Catholic linebacker Shammond Cooper, a 4-star prospect and the No. 7 inside linebacker in 2019, according to composite rankings. Cooper included Ohio State with Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.
— Shammond Cooper ⁷ (@Shammond07) March 15, 2018
Some of Cooper’s notable (and surprising) cuts from his list include Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU, Nebraska and Michigan. Cooper is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect who holds 30 offers.
Cooper visited Ohio State in July 2017 for the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights camp in Ohio Stadium, his first and only visit to Columbus as a recruit.
The Buckeyes also were included in the top 10 for Cooper’s high school teammate and fellow 4-star prospect, wide receiver Marcus Washington. Washington included Ohio State alongside Alabama, Florida State, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas and USC. He is a 6-2, 170-pound wide receiver with more than 30 offers. Washington is ranked as the No. 10 wide receiver and No. 61 prospect overall nationally.
Going, going back, back to … Colorado?
It’s not often that Ohio State dips into the Rocky Mountain region in recruiting, but that doesn’t mean it never happens.
If you’re an avid follower of Ohio State recruiting, you may remember the Buckeyes’ pursuits of Arvada (Colo.) Pomona tackle Jake Moretti in the 2017 recruiting class. Moretti committed to Ohio State in July 2015, approximately a year and a half before his National Signing Day.
The Buckeyes retained a commitment from the 4-star prospect for more than a year before disagreements surfaced between Ohio State and Moretti about his ability to enroll early at Ohio State and he de-committed. Moretti ultimately ended up staying close to home and signed with Colorado, where he just completed a redshirt in his first season on campus. However, his commitment and serious interest in Ohio State proved that the Buckeyes are capable of going into Colorado (and nearly any state at this point) and hauling top talent to Columbus.
Ohio State isn’t actively recruiting any offered 2019 prospects in Colorado, but there is a name to watch in the state’s 2020 class. Four-star tackle Reece Atteberry of Aurora Eaglecrest recently ranked as the No. 204 prospect in 247Sports’ inaugural 2020 player rankings. Attebery (6-5, 260 pounds) holds four offers — Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas State and Colorado State.
The Buckeyes haven’t spent much time recruiting Atteberry, but he turned some heads when he showed up to the recent Rivals Camp Series event in San Francisco in an Ohio State hoodie and spoke to Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney, gushing about his longtime fandom of Urban Meyer.
“Since I was very, very young, I’ve always liked Urban Meyer… I had a lot of respect when they went 12-0 and weren’t allowed to go to any bowls, but he took care of business even though he couldn’t go and get that ring or anything like that,” Atteberry told Gorney on video. “I had a lot of respect for him for that.”
It’s very early for Ohio State’s evaluation of 2020 prospects, particularly on the offensive line, where physical development is so important. The Buckeyes have offered only 10 offensive linemen in the class, but Atteberry could push to earn one in the future.
Top 100 2019 standout will visit Ohio State
As first reported by FightinGators recruiting analyst Jason Higdon and confirmed to Land of 10 by sources close to the recruitment, Ohio State will be one of several schools in line to receive a visit this spring from Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove safety Jaylen McCollough. The source also confirmed tentatively scheduled visits to Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn. Higdon also reportedly will visit Tennessee, Auburn and South Carolina.
McCollough is a 6-1, 190-pound safety. He’s ranked as the No. 4 prospect at his position and the No. 75 prospect overall in the 2019 class. He holds 20 offers, from Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Penn State, USC and other top programs.
McCollough visited Ohio State on Oct. 28 and watched the Buckeyes defeat Penn State. Dating back to the fall, he’s also taken visits to South Carolina (Sept. 16, Feb. 17), Georgia (Sept. 23), Alabama (Sept. 30), Florida State (Oct. 7), Tennessee (Jan. 13), and Auburn (Feb. 21).
Ohio State’s safety board hasn’t received much clarity, but the Buckeyes are involved with some of the top prospects at the position. McCollough, Daxton Hill, Lewis Cine, Alabama commit Brendan Gant, Nick Cross, Jalani Williams, Jordan Battle, Kyle Hamilton, Ronnie Hickman and other players have been closely linked to Ohio State.
Ohio State offers 4-star shooting guard
Ohio State is the latest school to offer 4-star shooting guard Marcus Watson, the No. 11 2-guard in the 2019 recruiting class and No. 87 player overall. Watson is a 6-6, 205-pound prospect with offers from Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa, LSU, Memphis, Mercer, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee, USF and Virginia Tech.
Watson is just the second 2019 shooting guard to receive an offer from Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State staff, joining Louisville (Ky.) Trinity 4-star standout David Johnson.
Interestingly enough, Watson is from Buford, Ga., where Ohio State’s football program has heavily recruited 4-star offensive lineman Harry Miller, Watson’s classmate.
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