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Chat(ter)field about South Florida stars
The thing about recruiting is this: It’s a whole lot of fun to cover sometimes.
On any given day of the week, anything you think you know can be completely torn up and laid waste to. Players you know little about quickly become players you need to know all kinds of things about as the ever-changing landscape of the recruiting world tosses you to and fro.
Wednesday night is a prime example. There I was, with my dog at the park watching my nephew play baseball when I begin receiving messages from folks I trust that a sudden surge of Ohio State-related news could soon be coming from Fort Lauderdale’s American Heritage High School.
Fast forward a day and, as of 5 p.m. ET, we sit firmly on “commitment watch” in the curious case of 247Sports 4-star DE Andrew Chatfield. We’ve talked about the 6-foot-2, 220-pound lineman in the past, most recently about eight days ago when the Buckeyes offered Chatfield (and his teammate Nesta Silvera — more on him in a minute) following the Patriots spring football game. Ohio State was in attendance to evaluate that pair, along with a handful of big-time programs watching top-5 CBs Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell.
A week later, Chatfield is trending heavily toward the Buckeyes (Ohio State had zero crystal ball selections on Wednesday morning and now has 70 percent) and nothing really makes sense. What we know is that the country’s 15th-ranked weakside defensive end has made one visit to Ohio State, in April, and that he has been a longtime admirer of the Buckeyes. We know that Chatfield had been predicted to end up at LSU, but according to sources close to the Tigers, they’ve slowed down their pursuit of him in the last month.
Ohio State, however, is not slowing down its pursuit. Sources close to the Buckeyes say the staff believes Chatfield’s ceiling is high and that he’s not even begun to scratch his potential. That, along with his connection to players such as Surtain and Campbell, he’s become a player that is likely to be welcomed into the 2018 recruiting class with open arms. The question now is when that may happen, because rumors on Wednesday night were suggesting it could be very soon.
As for Silvera … He’s a 4-star defensive tackle currently committed to Miami. But there is a growing buzz that he could be considering flipping from the Hurricanes to the Buckeyes. Ohio State has one defensive tackle committed in its 2018 class in Taron Vincent, but the 6-2, 310-pound Silvera could be a player the Buckeyes have been looking for as a 1-technique nose tackle.
Unlike Chatfield, Silvera has not visited Ohio State. But there is an expectation that he will make an official visit this summer or in the fall. I do not expect his decision to come as quickly as Chatfield’s but he is worth paying attention to moving forward.
Grant Tisdale ready for first trip to Ohio State
Speaking of players worth paying attention to, the Buckeyes will host one of their top 2019 quarterback targets for the first time a week from Friday.
“I’m coming up to Ohio State on June 9 for camp,” Allen, Texas, 4-star prospect Grant Tisdale told Land of 10. “I’m excited.”
Ohio State should be, as well. Tisdale is the third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class and one of just four 2019 players at the position offered by the Buckeyes at this point. Tisdale say he’s anxious to see what the school has to offer.
“I want to see what the coaching staff is like,” he said, ‘how they coaches coach their players, how the campus looks and get a feel for the competition there.”
Both of the 247Sports.com crystal balls submitted for Tisdale thus far are in the Buckeyes’ favor, but there’s a long way to go before he makes a decision. He hopes to see a few other schools this summer and is still waiting on an offer from the home-state Longhorns.
“Texas is close to offering, I think,” he said. “They just want to see me throw in person. Since Tim Beck and Tom Herman came there they’ve moved up my list. I want to go there and Florida State later this summer.”
Greg Emerson has Buckeyes in final 6
Another defensive tackle option for the Buckeyes’ 2018 class narrowed his list on Thursday … and Ohio State remains in contention.
Top 6💯😈🔥 pic.twitter.com/RaMr68dkMU
— Greg Emerson/G.mamba (@sneakerhad_greg) June 1, 2017
That is Jackson (Tenn.) North Side 4-star prospect Greg Emerson, the country’s sixth-ranked defensive tackle and a player who popped on to the Ohio State radar last summer at the Buckeyes Friday Night Lights camp.
Emerson’s high school coach is Donnie Nickey, a former Ohio State safety, but there’s been very little to indicate that he has any real interest in the Buckeyes at this point. He’s not visited since that camp last July and there’s no immediate plans for a return. Ohio State did stop in at Jackson’s North Side High School this spring to make sure Emerson knows that he is still on the mind of the Buckeyes’ coaches.