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Zach Harrison, Jowon Briggs will require different style of recruiting
If you were to write a script for Urban Meyer and Ohio State recruiting, it wouldn’t be any better than this.
So why does it feel like they’re so far away? The talented duo — Harrison is from Lewis Center, near Columbus, and Briggs is from Cincinnati — are not your average recruits. Yes, they’re top-of-the-line football players (Harrison is ranked in the top 10 for 2019, Briggs in the top 100) but they’re not interested in today’s modern recruiting spectacle.
“They have to recruit me a little bit different,” Harrison told Land of 10 following The Opening Finals in Oregon. “I don’t care about the hype stuff.”
What Harrison means is exactly what he said. Both he and Briggs are more interested in the substantive stuff a school can offer. Yes, football is the vehicle, but Ohio State will be tasked with showing them both that the focus on “Real Life Wednesdays” and all the life after football talk is real.
Part of that push will begin if Harrison and Briggs make their way to campus for Friday Night Lights on July 21. Each prospect was non-committal in Oregon when asked about the event.
These are not likely to be home runs for Ohio State, so it will be interesting to see how Meyer and his staff adjust their approach.
Ohio State continues to push with New Jersey 4-star Jayson Oweh
Speaking of showing up for Friday Night Lights, the Buckeyes are hoping to see Blairstown (N.J.) defensive end Jayson Oweh back in Columbus that day. The nation’s No. 10-ranked strong-side defensive end has shot up the Ohio State recruiting board in recent months. The 6-foot-5, 236-pound lineman has reciprocated: The Buckeyes are in his top three, along with Penn State and Notre Dame.
He’ll probably visit all three schools this month.
“Yeah, it’s going to be a busy month,” Oweh told Land of 10 on Thursday morning. “I think I will see all three again. I am trying to get to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights.”
Along with Tyreke Smith, Oweh may be at the top of the defensive end group for the Buckeyes right now. He says his relationship with Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. is continuing to strengthen.
“We have been talking and keeping in contact,” Oweh said of Johnson. “It’s really helped a lot in building my relationship with Ohio State.”
As that relationship grows, is it more difficult for Oweh to separate his top schools?
“It’s way harder,” he said laughing. “Way harder.”
Josh Proctor’s commitment, Oklahoma’s approach
After visiting Ohio State three times in a year with his parents, Owasso (Okla.) 4-star safety Josh Proctor caught the recruiting world off-guard when he committed to the Buckeyes in April. It was not a decision he took lightly, and he knew the fine folks at Oklahoma would try to chip away at his pledge. Still, he stood resolute.
However, in the last few weeks — since Sooners coach Bob Stoops suddenly retired — Proctor’s name has become increasingly tied to Oklahoma, and a lot of the recruiting world believes an eventual flip to the Sooners could be in order. Being in Oregon for The Opening last week was very good for Proctor and his relationship with some future teammates at Ohio State.
“It was good for us,” Proctor told Land of 10. “We’ve just been talking a lot about Ohio State. It’s going to be good for us in college. I will be up there in Columbus for Friday Night Lights. That’s basically just going home for me.”
But home is Oklahoma. What are the Sooners trying to do in order to sway him?
“They’re just talking about change, and a new era,” Proctor said of the Sooners. “Trying to get the guys from the state to stay home and be a part of it.”
Proctor’s recruitment has some twists and turns ahead, it seems. He says he is solid with the Buckeyes, but he plans to take official visits to other schools.
“I am pretty much set in stone with Ohio State,” he said. “But I am planning on taking some official visits. I’ve not sat down and talked to Ohio State about it yet.”