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Friday update: Teradja Mitchell
It’s Friday afternoon, and after Thursday’s somewhat up-and-down update on 4-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell, I come trying to bring better news with what I hope is some clarification.
On Thursday, I wrote that optimism was fading on Ohio State’s end of things, but to be perfectly clear, what else would anyone expect when a prospect from Virginia goes to visit Florida State, his final pre-commitment visit, and it has been more than a month since the last visit to Ohio State?
It’s natural to feel uneasy in that situation, and despite some respected national recruiting analysts changing their picks back to Florida State (the school Mitchell had long been associated with), it’s premature to say Ohio State is out of this race.
Mitchell, the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker, could make his decision at any time, and though there’s an overt confidence from the Seminoles’ side of things (there usually is), a handful of those connected to the Buckeyes’ efforts remain optimistic, similar to the vibe that was floating around the choice Brenton Cox had to make in April. After a pair of visits to Columbus, there was a ton of confidence from the Ohio State side that he’d wind up committing to Urban Meyer’s program, but a final visit to Georgia had some folks sweating it out.
Is it possible that Mitchell’s situation will end up the same way? All I’m saying is that it’s too early to say it’s over.
Buckeyes miss on North Carolina receiver
Despite a visit to Ohio for the Buckeyes’ spring football game in mid-April, Cary (N.C.) 4-star wide receiver Jordyn Adams, who included Ohio State in a recently released top 5 schools, has now eliminated the Buckeyes from contention.
He’s down to two schools, and it’s a battle of neighbors.
— J2 (@jordynadams10) May 18, 2017
The Ohio State recruiting board at wide receiver remains somewhat shrouded but there’s no reason to panic. Jaelen Gill, one of the country’s most explosive athletes, should probably be included as a future “Zone 6” member, and if recent revelations are to be believed, you could see a player like L’Christian “Blue” Smith join the Buckeyes class as well.
If that happens, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith can spend his time focusing on one or two players (like top target Kamryn Babb) at the top of his list.
Virginia … is for Buckeyes?
Are Ohio State and Florida State heading toward another Virginia battle in 2019? That may very well be the case.
Meet Brandon Smith, a 4-star defensive end from Mineral (Va.) Louisa County High School. He’s a 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore and he’s begun seeing the Buckeyes in the hallways.
“(Ohio State linebackers coach) Billy Davis stopped by my school,” Smith told Land of 10. “He watched our team work out.”
Smith has never been to Ohio State but he does have some early interest, and ties, to the Buckeyes.
“My dad played football at Fork Union Military Academy with Eddie George,” he said. “My high school coach and mentor, Robert Shelton, played basketball for Ohio State, so I have been following (the Buckeyes) for a while now. It’s definitely one of the schools I have dreamed about playing football at.”
Florida State has offered and the Seminoles are the early crystal ball favorite (one prediction) for the country’s 107th-ranked 2019 prospect.
“I’m not sure why that is the case,” he said of the Florida State pick. “(FSU) is one of the schools that have offered and family will probably visit this summer. As well as some others. I have no early favorites. My family and I are just going through the process right now.”
2019 offensive lineman discusses Ohio State offer
The Buckeyes have offered their ninth offensive tackle in the 2019 class.
I am honored to receive an offer from The Ohio State University🏈💪🏻😈🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Zztq1DY0b5
— John Olmstead (@JOHNNYO_72) May 18, 2017
That is John Olmstead, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle from Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J. As you’d expect, Olmstead was glad to hear from the Buckeyes.
“It’s awesome,” he said of the offer. “To have an offer, as a sophomore, from a school that has won eight national championships.”
Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa was in New Jersey earlier this week.
“(Studrawa) came to the school on Wednesday,” Olmstead told Land of 10. “Later in the day they told my coach that they were gonna offer and then I called coach.”
The Buckeyes’ offer is the 12th for Olmstead, who is ranked as the country’s 248th-best prospect in the 2019 class. Minnesota and Nebraska are among the teams that have offered. That number is likely to change as more schools get familiar with his talents.
“(Ohio State) said they loved how I finish plays,” he added. “How good my speed is for a big man.”
Olmstead hopes to visit Columbus for the first time this summer.
“I am going to try (and visit),” he said. “It’s hard because of my football schedule.”