On the surface, that didn’t take long. Master Teague III, the county’s No. 8-ranked tailback according to 247Sports.com, has committed to Ohio State.
— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 11, 2017
Teague, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back from Murfreesboro, Tenn., chose the Buckeyes over Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and almost 20 other schools.
“They’ve got a great staff [at Ohio State],” Teague told Land of 10 on Sunday afternoon when asked why he chose the Buckeyes. “It’s a great group of people that allow their players to be the best they can be on the field and a great support system to help them off of it. They help you give you experience for the real world, and for life after football, stuff like that. Overall, its just a great place to be and to be developed as a player and as a person.”
There’s been no shortage of intrigue with Teague’s recruitment. In May, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee were named as the top three schools in the race to sign the Blackman High School star, but there was always an underlying belief that if the Buckeyes were to offer, that they’d be most difficult for him to say no to.
After blowing up at a camp in Tuscaloosa the weekend of June 2, Teague returned to Ohio State for one final, pre-decision visit and camped for Urban Meyer and Ohio State. He ripped off consecutive 40-yard dash times under 4.4-seconds and by the time the camp had ended, the Buckeyes decided it was time to officially throw their hat into the ring and offered Teague a scholarship. Less than 24 hours, he announced on Twitter that a decision, using a video shot three weeks before an offer from Ohio State came, would be revealed on June 11 at 3:33 p.m. ET.
Foresight? Bravado? Confidence in his game? How about all of the above, with a touch of video tomfoolery.
“The video, as far as that goes, we made multiple endings of all the top schools,” Teague admitted. “I felt like if I could go to [Ohio State for camp] and do I what do, just be natural, it’d happen. I was pretty confident that they’d come through with the offer, so I wasn’t too worried about that.”
Teague’s confidence is impressive, but his understanding and patience may be even more so. As a top 10 player at his position by 247Sports, he took time to learn the recruiting process and knows that every school operates different. He could have allowed himself to get jaded by it, but didn’t. Instead, he just got to know the coaches and the schools he wanted to and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.
“I’ve been talking to Ohio State since September,” he said.”I think Ohio State is a different type of school, and I think that’s one of the reasons they have success, because they make sure the people they offer are people who can help them win national championships. They have to be really careful in who they offer, and selective.
“They’re all great schools to go to, but its a matter as a family of really just coming together and listening to God and going to whats really the best place for me.”
Land of 10 will have more on the commitment of Master Teague soon.