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Buckeyes getting backup in Kamryn Babb pursuit
Ohio State has made 4-star wide receiver Kamryn Babb its top 2018 wide receiver target for much of the last year. The Buckeyes, led by Zach Smith’s recruiting efforts, are the heavy favorites to land the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Babb whenever he decides to end his recruitment.
A senior-to-be at Christian Brothers College (it’s a high school) in St. Louis, Babb has had a few talks about Ohio State with an unlikely person: Buckeyes senior walk-on Zach Turnure. Turnure played lacrosse at CBC and is one of the leaders of the Ohio State special teams unit.
“We’ve talked a couple of times,” Babb told Land of 10. “He’s just worried about my future, like all alums would be, and he’s not just trying to get me to Ohio State. He wants to see me succeed as a person.”
Of course, Turnure is at Ohio State, so Babb is able to get a little insight into the program and the school.
“I mean, yeah, he goes to school there and plays ball,” Babb said. “It really helps to get me a great picture of what Ohio State is really like, not just what the recruiting stuff says. It’s valuable to have that kind of knowledge.”
Babb will get his next chance to see what’s what at Ohio State on July 21 when he returns to the school for Friday Night Lights.
Volunteering to visit Ohio State
The Buckeyes have two big-time commitments from the state of Tennessee pledged in the 2018 recruiting class and they’re not done trying to make headway into the Volunteer State. Led by Ohio State commits Max Wray and Master Teague III, a host of Tennessee prospects will head north for Friday Night Lights.
“We have practice the morning of July 21,” Wray told Land of 10 on Wednesday morning. “We’ll have to drive up after that. Ani Izuchukwu, Joseph Anderson, Lance Wilhoite, Trey Knox, Jordan Davis, and Jake is coming with me as of now.”
Izuchukwu, Anderson, Wilhoite and Knox are 2019 prospects who have offers from the Buckeyes. Jordan Davis is the nation’s 11th-ranked weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and is committed to Alabama. The Buckeyes offered Davis about a month ago.
“Jake” is Jake Wray, Max’s younger brother and one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. The 2020 lineman no doubt will be expected by many to follow in his brother’s footsteps and end up in Columbus, but this is the first visit for Jake to Ohio State since his brother committed to the school in April.
“I don’t think Jake feels any pressure right now,” Max said of his brother. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job sheltering him from a lot of the pressure that I went through. He’s been through all of our family talks and knows what’s up [at Ohio State]. I’m just letting him make his own decision.”
Wray and Teague could be trendsetters: Ohio State has made recruiting Tennessee a major priority in this cycle and moving into the future.
Chris Holtmann’s staff looks to make impact on recruiting trail
We’re still in a quiet period for football recruiting — meaning only on-campus visits are permissible for 2018/2019 prospects — but the basketball recruiting calendar has opened again. Chris Holtmann’s staff at Ohio State has hit the road a day after naming former point guard Scoonie Penn to a key administrative role and two days after landing the program’s first 2018 commitment — Torrance Watson.
“[July] is really important. It’s priority No. 1. The challenge is in front of us in ’18 and ’19,” Holtmann said in June. “There’s no question about it. We’re digging in. When you get the job in June it puts you a little behind. You have to re-identify the new relationship with recruits, particularly in the ’18 class, so that’s the work ahead of us right now.”
So far, so good. The Buckeyes added Musa Jallow to the program last Friday. The former 2018 prospect, who now is in the Class of 2017, told Jardy that missing his senior year of high school was an easy decision.
“It’s Ohio State,” he said. “I can give that stuff up pretty easily to go to Ohio State a year early. I wasn’t too focused on all that stuff. What I was really focused on was going for a state championship in basketball. I think going to Ohio State trumps anything that my senior year in high school could do.”
If the Buckeyes — who somehow finished with the Big Ten’s top recruiting class for 2017 — want to quickly right their basketball program, now is the time to do it.
Add another major 2019 prospect for Friday Night Lights
Huntington (W.Va.) 4-star offensive lineman Doug Nester will be back at Ohio State in July. The nation’s third-ranked offensive tackle in the 2019 class confirmed to Land of 10 his plans to attend Friday Night Lights.
Nester last visited the Buckeyes when he camped in Columbus on June 13. He talked to Land of 10’s Ben Axelrod about his plans to commit “soon.”
“It’s almost to an end with the recruiting and everything, so I can start working with that team getting me ready to come in,” Nester revealed outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Ohio State will get another shot to be that school for Nester next Friday. Commitment watch?