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Noah Cain sets return visit to Ohio State
For the second time in the last three months, 4-star running back Noah Cain will head north to Columbus and spend a few days with the Buckeyes.
Cain is the country’s top-ranked 2019 running back and was on campus at Ohio State in mid-April. He told Land of 10 then he considered that trip one of his top visits and he planned to return this fall.
“I had a great visit,” Cain said. “I will definitely be back in the fall for a game.”
Apparently, he’s not wanting to wait that long. Instead, the 5-foot-11, 207-pound tailback will be coming back to Ohio next weekend.
“I was just down there for a day last time,” Cain said Wednesday. “This time I will be there June 16 through June 18.”
Knowing Ohio State will be one of his top schools throughout his recruiting process is motivating such a quick return.
“I did everything I needed to [on the last visit],” he said. “I know Ohio State will be one of my top schools, so I just want to keep being there more and more to get more comfortable up there.”
Last weekend, Cain was in Texas, where he’s originally from, and spent time with the Texas Longhorns and a host of former Buckeyes assistant coaches, primarily former running backs coach Stan Drayton.
“Texas was real good,” he said laughing. “It’s just pretty much the old Ohio State staff.”
Speaking of Texas
Urban Meyer, Zach Smith, Kerry Coombs and Kevin Wilson were among the Ohio State contingent gathered at the Texas Southern University football camp in Houston on Thursday morning.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 8, 2017
The Buckeyes were eager to get to work in Texas, capitalizing on an opportunity to work side-by-side with the coaching staff from the University of Arizona and the University of Texas, including Tom Herman, whose program was a late addition to the camp roster. Herman told Mark Berman from Houston’s Fox 26 that he felt it was necessary for the Longhorns to be present in order to “protect” the home turf.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 8, 2017
That’s a smart play. Ohio State raided Texas a year ago and signed three of the state’s top six players, and the Buckeyes are hoping to do that again in 2018, focusing heavily on the Houston area and prospects like cornerbacks Anthony Cook and Jalen Green, as well as wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard.
Meyer and the Buckeyes also spent a significant amount of time talking to Summer Creek (Humble, Texas) 3-star quarterback John Holcombe, according to a source that was present at the camp. The Buckeyes aren’t likely to be looking at Holcombe, whose offer list includes Bowling Green, Illinois, SMU and New Mexico, at quarterback though.
“They may like him at tight end,” the source shared. “He’s 6-foot-4 and 240-pounds, probably. It’s solid weight. He carries it well. No one knows where to put him.”
The Buckeyes last went to Humble, Texas, in their 1996 recruiting class: it’s the hometown of Ohio State wide receiver legend David Boston.
Shrader ready to see Buckeyes up close
On Wednesday afternoon, we talked about three of the country’s premier quarterbacks that are set to attend Ohio State’s one-day camp on Friday in Columbus. Among them is Garrett Shrader from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian High School.
Shrader, 6-5 and 190-pounds, is eager to make his first trip to Columbus. He says that right now, he’s not familiar with the Buckeyes program.
“Not much,” Shrader told Land of 10 when asked what he knows about Ohio State. “I know Ohio State wins as much as any Power 5 school in the country. [Quarterbacks coach] Kevin Wilson had been in contact with my coach and asked me to come to camp. It’s a great opportunity to compete and I’m glad they asked.
“I’m flying in Friday morning and out Saturday morning. I’m looking forward to it.”
Penn State offered Shrader following a spring visit to his school and that scholarship stands out among his current group of six, which also includes Louisville, East Carolina, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. As a 2019 prospect, he’s just getting started with recruiting.
“I really have just begun going through the recruiting process,” he said. “I appreciate all the schools that think I’m good enough to play for them. It’s humbling and I’m very thankful.”
First camp visitors of note
As mentioned earlier on Thursday morning in the all new Land of 10 Ohio State forums, the Buckeyes are expecting a pretty good group of visitors for their first camp day of 2017.
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) running back Master Teague III will be in Columbus for what is likely his final Ohio State visit before he makes a college decision. The Buckeyes and Teague have been back and forth in recent months and to this point, there’s been no offer from Ohio State. If the Buckeyes were to offer, things could move quickly between the two sides though Georgia is the expected favorite right now.
Buckeyes 2018 commitment Max Wray will be on hand, and you can probably expect an appearance from Jaelen Gill who could pop in at any time from his nearby home. Defensive end Jayson Oweh is looking forward to seeing if Larry Johnson will have patience with him as a first-year player who is very raw, but may have the highest upside of any defensive end in the 2018 recruiting class.
The younger brother of former Buckeyes All-American Malik Hooker is expected in Columbus, as well. Marcus Hooker, a 3-star defensive back from New Castle, Pa., will hope to turn Ohio State heads just like his brother did in the summer of 2013.
One of the country’s most offered 2020 prospects, Damascus (Md.) defensive end Bryan Bresee, arrives in Columbus on Thursday and will fly back to Maryland after camping for Larry Johnson in what he hopes is an offer-earning afternoon.
Now, as to the “secret” visitor that I’ve hinted at earlier on the message board: That would be none other than St. Louis wide receiver Kamryn Babb. Multiple sources have told Land of 10 Babb is expected in Columbus on Thursday night and that he’ll be on campus with the Buckeyes on Friday. He is not expected to work out, but it’s an important visit for both sides, especially for Ohio State as it looks to lock up its top wide receiver target in 2018.
Commitment watch? I don’t think so, and have been told that its unlikely, but you never know how a visit can stir a person’s emotions before it happens. The likely outcome is most of the day Friday, Babb (as long as he shows up) will be doing “big picture” type stuff at Ohio State, spending the day with coaches and recruits and trying to get a better feel for what life as a Buckeye would be like.