Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Take it to the house
The final scrimmage of the preseason for Buckeyes commit Josh Proctor was on Thursday night, and if video can be believed, the country’s ninth-ranked safety could be in for a special season on both sides of the ball at Owasso (Okla.) High School.
— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) August 18, 2017
The future Ohio State defensive back looks like he’s capable of being a major star on offense in this clip and … HOLY MACKEREL DID YOU SEE THAT STIFF ARM … the US Army All-American is ready for next week’s regular-season opener against Jenks.
A number of Ohio State commits and targets, including running back Brian Snead and defensive tackle Taron Vincent, begin their seasons this weekend. We’ll do our best to bring you all the biggest plays and stat lines.
Noah Potter focused on defense, Ohio State impressed
After Friday Night Lights in July, Mentor (Ohio) 2019 defensive end Noah Potter received some encouraging words from Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr.
“Coach Johnson said I get better every time he sees me,” Potter said. “He’s really exited to see me this season.”
A 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end, Potter has a frame that gives many people — myself included — the idea that he could be a special prospect on the offense line. If you’re keeping track at home, Potter is against that idea unless he adds another four inches and ends up like his brother, Ohio State basketball forward, Micah Potter.
“I’ll never play offense,” he said. “Only if I get tall like Micah, which won’t happen. I’ve been an end since I was 5 years old. I don’t see myself ever playing offensive line.”
John Olmstead hopes to see Buckeyes this fall
The Buckeyes offered Saint Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.) 2019 offensive lineman John Olmstead in May, and at the time he spoke about his interest in visiting Ohio State in July. He didn’t, opting to pay more attention to his team’s needs and summer goals.
“I was too busy with my own football team all summer,” Olmstead told Land of 10. “I’m in full-season swing right now. Recruiting died down during the summer, but it should pick back up in September.”
Sept. 1, the date college coaches can increase contact with juniors in high school, is right around the corner. Olmstead has tried to stay in touch with Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa since May, though. He’s the assistant coach who offered the 6-foot-6, 290-pound 4-star prospect.
“We just talk about life and how football is going, really just trying to get to know each other,” Olmstead said of his occasional contact. “I would like to make a game this fall. I just have to work it out with my game schedule.”
Olmstead currently has 21 scholarship offers, including Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin and others. He’s the 19th-ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2019.
Ohio State makes cut for Top 50 player in Class of 2019
As the season approaches, a number of the country’s best prospects in both the 2018 and 2019 classes will trim their respective school choices in order to focus more on their current teams and less on recruiting. On Friday, Callaway (Hogansville, Ga.) 4-star offensive guard Keiondre Jones did just that.
Jones, the country’s third-ranked guard in the 2019 class, cut his list from 40 to nine — or 10 or 11, depending on how you see it.
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— © (@keiondrejones) August 18, 2017
Jones, who was offered by the Buckeyes in January, has not yet visited Ohio State. There are six early “crystal ball” predictions for the 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman, split between Clemson, Florida State and Georgia.
If the Buckeyes want to be more than just a hat on the table, they’ll need to get him on campus this season.