How often does a university president or athletic director meet face-to-face with a recruit on a visit?
That’s what Ohio State is doing Saturday for 5-star prospect Donovan Peoples-Jones, the No. 12 player and No. 1 receiver in the class of 2017. Athletic director Gene Smith and school president Michael Drake spent some time with Peoples-Jones before the Buckeyes Saturday game against Indiana.
The Buckeyes are really pulling out all the stops for him.
Gene Smith and OSU president Drake meet with Donovan Peoples-Jones on his official visit to Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/M9OeZt411a
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) October 8, 2016
The Detroit native was set to visit Florida this weekend but had to reschedule after the Gators game against LSU was canceled. His only other official visit this fall has been to Nebraska on Sept. 3. He lives just three hours from Columbus.
Here’s what Landof10.com recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham wrote on Peoples-Jones earlier this week.
Peoples-Jones making an official visit to see the Buckeyes is, in itself, interesting. He’s just a three-hour drive from Columbus so the opportunity for an unofficial visit is always there for him, but there weren’t many who believed he’d make an official visit to Ohio State.
What does it mean? It means there is one more real chance for head coach Urban Meyer, wide receivers coach Zach Smith and the rest of the Buckeyes staff to convince the 6-foot-2, 192-pound wideout that what Ohio State can offer – as a school and as a football program – outweighs what any other school can offer. And in doing so, they can hope to convince his parents of the same thing.
Michigan is still the runaway favorite to land Peoples-Jones, and the Gators have been the dark horse. But at least for one more weekend, Ohio State will make a play to add a third 5-star wide receiver to its epic 2017 recruiting class.