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Zamir White situation continues to evolve
Don’t get excited, Buckeyes fans, but stay mindful: Things that are happening down south may have some residual impact on Ohio State’s top running back target, Zamir White.
In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s the deal with Zamir White: He’s from North Carolina and is the country’s top-ranked running back. He’s been to Ohio State three times in the last year but the belief around him is that Georgia is the team to beat, because that’s been stated publicly and White and his mother have been to Athens a half-dozen times.
But there’s no doubt that Ohio State is involved and multiple folks close to White have suggested that the Buckeyes are his personal favorite. Of course, a college decision is a family decision, and the Ohio State coaching staff isn’t just trying to persuade the running back but also his family. Urban Meyer, Tony Alford and the rest of the Buckeyes staff have about one month to make that happen: He decides on June 27, his mother’s birthday.
Georgia, as noted, is the favorite. The Bulldogs are also the favorite to land 4-star tailback Master Teague, a Murfreesboro, Tenn., standout we’ve spoken about, and with, here a few times. Teague, who had been considering a camp appearance in Columbus in June with Ohio State in the hopes to earn an offer from the Buckeyes, recently cut his list of schools to three and hinted that a decision is coming soon. Georgia is expected to be the choice.
That would mean Ohio State, with Brian Snead committed, and the Bulldogs would each be fighting for Zamir White with another player already pledged at the position. The Bulldogs have also – recently – become the expected landing spot for Dameon Pierce, who de-committed from Alabama over the weekend, but that speculation is premature.
“(Pierce) went to G-Day,” one source in Georgia shared with Land of 10. “He didn’t get any real attention from the staff. I don’t think it will be Georgia. Auburn and Florida State are on him.”
This source believes the Bulldogs are still likely to land their top two targets at tailback.
“My Georgia sources,” he said, “still feel they have Zamir and Master.”
Ohio State is not that confident, but there is a sense that things have started to look up. Whether that can continue for the next month, and whether they can persuade Zamir White and his mother to make one more trip to Columbus, is the real challenge.
The Kradel will rock?
The discussion around Butler (Pa.) 3-star offensive lineman Jake Kradel, since the day he was offered a scholarship by Ohio State on April 5, had centered on one specific outcome: Kradel would be a Buckeyes commit, it was just a matter of when.
The country’s 42nd-ranked offensive guard – who projects as a center in the Ohio State plans – announced in early May that he’d make his college decision on June 10. Then he picked up offers, among others, from Wisconsin and Iowa, two schools that consistently develop NFL-caliber offensive linemen. There were some who thought he’d want to see those schools before making an announcement.
Expect that to now be the case and for a decision to be made after June 10, without any specific date in mind.
I always felt that June 10 was significant because Ohio State has its first summer one-day recruiting camp on June 9, and Kradel was likely wanted by the Buckeyes. If he’s not at any of the Ohio State camps in June, you could consider that a good sign he’ll end up anywhere but Columbus for college.
BJ Foster includes Buckeyes in final five, decision soon?
Before an ACL injury last October, there may have been no safety prospect in the country more coveted than Angleton, Texas, 5-star recruit BJ Foster.
Though he’s been unable to compete on the combine circuit, Foster has remained one of the highest-regarded players in the class. On Monday, he announced he was ready to make a college decision, including Ohio State among his final five schools.
June 5th is the date stay tuned‼️🏈🤘🏽🐯🍇⭕️〽️
— Thebjfoster (@nofear_2) May 22, 2017
Unfortunately, Foster has not been able to visit Columbus yet and that makes it almost impossible to believe he’s going to choose Ohio State on June 5. The nation’s No. 1-ranked safety is likely to stay home and pick the Texas Longhorns.
Country’s No. 1 RB in 2020 a fan of Ohio State
Ohio State is in hot pursuit of the country’s top-ranked running back in 2018 (the aforementioned Zamir White), 2019 (Noah Cain, from IMG Academy in Florida by way of Texas) and has now made a move on one of the country’s premier running backs in the Class of 2020.
— Miles "Juice"Friday (@sevenszn) May 19, 2017
That is Miles Friday, a Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.) star as a freshman who will transfer to IMG this summer, where he’ll line up alongside Cain. Ohio State has had luck in Suwanee over the years, landing both Cameron Heyward and Bradley Roby from Peachtree Ridge.
“Ohio State is one of my dream schools,” Friday told Land of 10. “I’ve wanted to go there from a very young age.”
While forced to try to believe that the 15-year-old Friday isn’t still a “very young age,” it doesn’t take much convincing to see why he’s already landed offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville and others.
A trip to Ohio is on the docket for this summer, according to Friday, though he’s unsure when. His memories of Ohio State go back to when he was just 5 years old.
“Terrelle Pryor, the history of winning and their tradition,” he said when asked his reasons for growing up fond of the Buckeyes. “I was really humbled by the offer. It just makes me want to work even harder to prove to them that taking a risk on me wasn’t a mistake.”