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Ohio State will host talented in-state tackle for camp
Cincinnati Elder has not necessarily produced the same level of Division I talent as their rivals in the Greater Catholic League as of late; Moeller, St. Xavier and La Salle have outpaced the Panthers in recent years. However, the program has a major prospect on its hands in the 2020 class.
Jakob James, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound tackle, is up to nine scholarship offers, and blue-blood programs are beginning to perk up and notice him. LSU, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana and Boston College are a few of the early prominent offers for James.
Though all of James’ offers have come within the last two and a half months, he’s been on Ohio State’s radar for quite some time. James made an unofficial visit to campus in March to spend time with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and other Buckeyes coaches.
James has informed Land of 10 that he’ll return to Ohio State for a June 12 prospect camp, which will give him an opportunity to work with Studrawa and the Ohio State staff and compete in front of coach Urban Meyer for a chance at a scholarship offer.
Ohio State already has 4-star Georgia tackle Jake Wray committed for the 2020 class and appear to be favorites for both 5-star Ohio tackle Paris Johnson Jr. and 4-star Michigan guard Justin Rogers, the No. 7 and No. 13 overall prospects in the class, according to 247Sports.
Aside from Johnson and James, the 2020 Ohio offensive line recruiting class still appears strong. Trey Leroux, Sam Rengert and Jared Bycznski all project to be Power 5 prospects coming out of the state, and there’s a lot of time for players to continue to emerge. The Buckeyes will be situated to compile another elite class along the offensive line in 2020.
Ohio State offers a Texas tackle
Ohio State has offered 2020 tackle Chad Lindberg, a 6-6, 306-pound standout from League City (Texas) Clear Creek, a suburban high school just southeast of Houston. Lindberg has 31 scholarship offers from some of the nation’s top programs, including Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU and many others prominently involved in recruiting the Lone Star State.
247Sports ranks Lindberg as the No. 73 overall recruit, No. 12 tackle and No. 9 prospect in the state of Texas in the 2020 class, though he’s not yet ranked by other services and does not have a composite ranking. Of his more than 30 offers, Lindberg holds 28 from Power 5 programs.
As we recently discussed, Ohio State’s offensive line recruiting is on track to be tremendously talented for both the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes. The Buckeyes are already in excellent position for many of the Midwest’s best in both classes, and adding serious interest from out-of-region prospects such as Lindberg will be an important step in securing elite recruits at the position.
Phenomenal freshman will camp at Ohio State
Only 11 prospects in the 2021 recruiting class — the players who have just concluded their freshman year of high school — hold early offers from Ohio State. It takes an elite level of talent to be that good in your first year of varsity to command an offer from the Buckeyes.
Roswell (Ga.) Centennial wide receiver Julian Nixon certainly fits that bill. Playing in Georgia’s second-largest classification, no less, Nixon notched 16 touchdowns and more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in his debut season of high school football. His 6-4, 205-pound frame and elite skill set as a receiver have led to offers from Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn (his father’s alma mater), Florida, Florida State and other Power 5 programs.
Ohio State offered in February and Nixon’s father recently informed Land of 10 that the young receiver will camp with the Buckeyes for Friday Night Lights on June 22. It will be the younger Nixon’s first trip to Ohio State as a recruit, but his dad grew up in Cincinnati as a Buckeyes fan and watched the team as a youth.
Several other breakout stars in the 2021 class with Buckeyes offers — Ohio defensive end Jack Sawyer, Pennsylvania athlete Derrick Davis Jr., New York defensive end Jahzion Harris and Michigan defensive lineman Damon Payne — are also expected to camp with Ohio State this summer, though dates have not been finalized.
CB crosses Buckeyes off the list
Four-star cornerback Jeffery Carter has been linked to the Buckeyes for quite some time. The Aledo, Texas, prospect previously included Ohio State in his top 6 schools and informed Land of 10 that he would be making an official visit to the campus in May — a trip that did not occur.
“I don’t communicate with that coaching staff anymore,” Carter said.
He is ranked as the No. 93 overall prospect and No. 11 cornerback in the 2019 recruiting class.
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