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North Carolina defensive end Terrell Dawkins rocked some stylish duds - a Charles Barkley windbreaker and Jeff Gordon t-shirt - during his visit to Ohio State.

Ohio State makes top group for Terrell Dawkins after offer, spring game visit

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One of the more intriguing recruits on campus this weekend for the Buckeyes, and a player they seemed to make a big move for, was Concord (N.C.) Cox Mill defensive end Terrell Dawkins. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end, regarded as a 3-star prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings, has already landed over a dozen offers.

Ohio State joined the list of programs that has offered Dawkins at this early juncture, adding their name to his list alongside Tennessee, Florida, N.C. State, North Carolina and other schools. Dawkins has 16 offers in total, but the Buckeyes were one of the most important additions yet.

“Ohio State has everything I was looking for and the stadium is really nice. Coach Johnson gave me the offer because he said he like how I played,” Dawkins explained. “We talked and had a conversation and that’s when the offer came.”

It’s easy to see why Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson is fond of Dawkins. The gifted pass-rusher accumulated 59 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception during his junior season at Cox Mill. It seems as though the admiration is mutual following Dawkins’ unofficial visit to Ohio State for the spring game on Saturday.

“The visit was great. It most definitely was an eye-opener for me. The game was very fast-paced and it mixes the pot of my recruitment,” Dawkins said.

In fact, Ohio State will be jumping into the top group for Dawkins immediately after offering. Dawkins won’t be committing for a while and the Buckeyes will likely want to bring him back to campus for an official visit at a later date, but they’re in a good place nonetheless.

“Tennessee, Florida, Ohio State and N.C. State are high on my list. I’d like to maybe commit during my football season. The most important thing for me will be my connection with the coaches,” he detailed.

Some other players I would name are are 2021 Maryland offensive lineman Landon Tengwall and 2019 Indiana wide receiver Craig Young.

Young has now visited Ohio State twice in a two-week period and was only offered by the Buckeyes in late January. The wide receiver board is still nearly wide open for the Buckeyes — with the exception of Garrett Wilson‘s place at the very top — and Young could be ascending right now. He’s 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds and has elite track speed. He posted a personal record of 10.63 in the 100-meter dash in May 2017 and has a chance to continue improving throughout his career in the sport.

Ohio State made a big move for Tengwall by virtue of entering his recruitment, essentially. He’s a 6-6, 300-pound freshman who now has offers from Penn State, Miami, the Buckeyes and several other top programs. Tengwall told Land of 10 that the Buckeyes are “at the top of [his] list” following his unofficial visit to campus on Saturday, during which he landed an Ohio State offer.

You can read Land of 10’s conversation with Tengwall here, as well as updates on two of Ohio State’s weekend official visitors and my insight on whether or not the Buckeyes can reel in those top targets. Check out reactions from a dozen recruits who attended Ohio State’s spring game here and also the list of confirmed visitors, which included nearly 50 recruits.

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