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Tyler Friday and Daniel Carson include Ohio State on shortened (?) lists
The spring evaluation period is coming to an end and that means college football programs and college football prospects are both beginning to narrow their lists.
Earlier this week, two of the Buckeyes’ top remaining targets at defensive tackle whittled their lists … kind of.
We’ll begin in New Jersey, where 4-star prospect Tyler Friday announced his top 15 schools on Wednesday night.
Updated TOP 15 (No order ‼️) pic.twitter.com/hyrCLCLa6w
— Big Smooth (@almighty_ty5) May 25, 2017
Ohio State has been near the top of the list for the Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) lineman for a while, joining three other Big Ten schools (Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers) in the lead group. The nation’s 56th-ranked player was on campus with the Buckeyes in March, and they continue to recruit him as they look to complement 5-star defensive tackle commitment Taron Vincent.
A day before Friday released his list, Ohio State also made the cut for Independence (Mo.) 3-star prospect Daniel Carson, another combo-type defensive lineman who visited Columbus earlier this spring.
Carson is the country’s 19th-ranked strongside defensive end, but his 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame and his athletic ability make him an ideal candidate to play inside or outside for Larry Johnson Sr. The Buckeyes defensive line coach has been all over Carson this spring, and he’s a prospect to watch closely moving forward.
So does another top-of-the-line tight end
While we’re talking lists, let’s circle back to a position – and a player – we’ve not heard much from in a while.
— Mustapha🔞 (@MustaphaM_) May 25, 2017
That video top 10 comes by way of Mustapha Muhammad from Missouri City, Texas. The Ridge Point High School tight end, ranked as the country’s fourth-best at the position, visited Ohio State last November but has remained relatively mum about his recruitment since. He did make a return visit to Michigan, which has emerged as the favorite to land him, in April, and there’s a sense that right now it will be very difficult for anyone to beat Michigan for his eventual signature.
Following his trip to Columbus in November, Muhammad talked with Land of 10 about his interest in the Buckeyes and said he wanted to further his relationship with Ohio State.
“It was great,” Muhammad told Land of 10. “From the beginning to the end, honestly. We enjoyed ourselves.”
The “we” referenced by Muhammad is his mother and himself. He told Land of 10 before the visit that how his mom felt on the trip would go a long way toward assessing its ultimate success.
“My mother had a great time. We both really liked how they have my plan for after college already set up through internships,” he said. “It was an environment I’m getting more familiar with as I get deeper into the recruitment process.”
Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star prospect Jeremy Ruckert remains the top target on Ohio State’s board at tight end, but the Buckeyes’ success in Texas over the last few recruiting cycles makes their inclusion on Muhammad’s list interesting to watch.
Ohio State offers 2019 Oklahoma safety
In the 2018 recruiting cycle (you know, this one we’re currently in), the Buckeyes shocked a lot of people when they landed 4-star safety prospect Josh Proctor on April 15.
Proctor, from Owasso, Okla., was never supposed to have real interest in Ohio State, and despite visiting Ohio three times in a one-year span, his decision to commit during the Buckeyes spring game still caught people off guard.
On Wednesday night, the Buckeyes made their first overture toward a 2019 Oklahoma safety and are hoping that lightning can repeat itself in the Sooner State.
Blessed to have received my 10 offer from Ohio State University!!🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/6nBEtGqt4W
— #DaxHill (@daxhill5) May 24, 2017
Dax Hill, a 2019 prospect from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, told Land of 10 about the Ohio State offer.
“(Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg) Schiano was here,” Hill said Wednesday night. “He couldn’t talk to me, so my head football coach told me they wanted to offer while the coach was next to him. He wanted to follow the rules.”
Not only is Hill familiar with Ohio State but he’s already talked to Proctor about the Buckeyes.
“I’m cool with Josh Proctor,” he said. “He told me it’s a great place; academically, they are one of the best, and football-wise, that they don’t throw out offers and how they only want elite players.”
Ohio State is one of the few schools that has Hill seriously considering leaving the state for college. The Buckeyes are near the top of his early list.
“I know it will be really hard to break down the schools,” he said. “I just have to see how successful the team has been, if they have the major I want, stuff like that. I don’t know right now. Over time I will decide what I want to do, but my in-state schools, Ohio State and a few Texas schools have caught my attention.”
The first step from here is for Hill to make his way to Ohio for the first time. He hopes to do that this summer.
“We haven’t figured out our schedule yet,” he added. “I plan on taking unofficial visits and going to some football camps.”
One … more … list
We may as well round out the Thursday night edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes with one more top schools list, this time from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips offensive tackle John Campbell.
Top 10 Schools 👿 pic.twitter.com/yoGZkZhgaZ
— John Campbell (@_jcamp74) May 25, 2017
A 3-star prospect ranked as the country’s 29th-best offensive tackle, Campbell was offered by Ohio State in February and was recently visited by Buckeyes offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and running backs coach Tony Alford.
Ohio State has one offensive lineman committed for 2018 (Max Wray) but is looking to add three to four more as it prepares to lose a host of linemen after the 2017 season. The Buckeyes are the only Big Ten program in his final list, but he’s not yet made a visit to Columbus, and until that happens its hard to take the interest too seriously.
Let’s see what happens this summer.