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Jalon Jones arrives at Ohio State, receives offer
As we discussed in the Thursday notebook, Baltimore St. Frances Academy quarterback Jalon Jones is making an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend. The dual-threat passer arrived at Ohio State Friday morning after making the drive from Maryland.
— Jay🔱 (@j4ymyles) March 2, 2018
Not long after his arrival, Jones ― the No. 10 dual-threat passer in the country and No. 433 player overall in the 2019 class ― added Ohio State to his offer list. The Buckeyes join a number of programs, including Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee and Virginia, in offering Jones. He checks in at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds.
Jones will be on campus throughout the weekend, and Land of 10 hopes to have comments from the Maryland native as his trip concludes.
— Jay🔱 (@j4ymyles) March 2, 2018
247Sports drops new 2020 player rankings
The 2020 class is just beginning to fill out and emerge nationally, but that won’t prevent attempts to rank the burgeoning sophomore group nationally. 247Sports has released rankings for some players in the class of 2020. Although it’s not a full ranking or a “Top247” like the one we see available with the 2019 class, the network has ranked 173 sophomores nationally. Nearly two dozen Ohioans and several other top Ohio State targets made the cut for the new rankings. Let’s take a look at some of the top Buckeyes targets and Ohioans on the list:
- No. 1 – Bryan Breese – Damascus (Md.) – Defensive end – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball predictions
- No. 2 – Kevin Pyne – Millis (Mass.) – Tackle
- No. 3 – Paris Johnson Jr. – Cincinnati St. Xavier – Tackle – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball.
- No. 6 – Julian Fleming – Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia – Wide receiver
- No. 8 – Jacolbe Cowan – Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School – Defensive end
- No. 10 – Marshawn Lloyd – Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic – Running back
- No. 11 – Porter Rooks – Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School – Wide receiver
- No. 27 – Justin Rogers – Oak Park (Mich.) – Offensive guard – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball
- No. 32 – DeaMonte Trayanum – Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban – Linebacker – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball
- No. 48 – Jack Miller – Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral – Quarterback – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball.
- No. 53 – Darrion Henry – Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton – Defensive end – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball.
- No. 95 – Darvon Hubbard – Scottsdale (Ariz.) – Chaparral – Running back – Ohio native who later moved to Arizona. The Buckeyes lead the Crystal Ball but have not offered.
- No. 99 – Michael Drennen II – Dublin (Ohio) Coffman – Athlete – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball but has not offered.
- No. 105 – Jake Wray – Marietta (Ga.) – Tackle – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball, younger brother of freshman Max Wray.
- No. 126 – Kalil Branham – Columbus (Ohio) Northland – Wide receiver – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball but has not offered.
- No. 130 – Jaheim Thomas – Cincinnati Princeton – Linebacker – Ohio State leads the Crystal Ball but has not offered.
- No. 131 – Trey Leroux – Monroeville (Ohio) – Tackle
- No. 138 – Cameron Porter – Cincinnati La Salle – Running back
- No. 139 – Demeatric Crenshaw– Pickerington (Ohio) Central – Quarterback
- No. 140 – Andre Seldon – Belleville (Mich.) – Cornerback
- No. 148 – Jared Bycznski – Berea (Ohio) – Tackle
- No. 149 – Clay Caudill – Mansfield (Ohio) – Tight end
- No. 153 – Caden Clark – Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban – Tight end – Younger brother of former Ohio State quarterback commit and Kentucky quarterback Danny Clark
- No. 159 – Evan Prater – Cincinnati Wyoming – Quarterback
- No. 160 – Chris Mayfield – Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley – Athlete
- No. 163 – Chris Scott – Pickerington (Ohio) North – Wide receiver
- No. 165 – Miyan Williams – Cincinnati Winton Woods – Running back
- No. 170 – Daved Jones – West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West – Linebacker
- No. 171 – Justin Wodtly – Cleveland Heights (Ohio) – Defensive end
- No. 177 – Sammy Anderson – Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood Madison – Cornerback
- No. 179 – Tanner Cromer – Cincinnati Reading Community – Defensive end
- No. 180 – Tay’veon Smoot – Springfield (Ohio) – Running back
- No. 181 – Ja’von Lyons – St. Clairsville (Ohio) – Guard
Ohio State issues slew of offers
Thursday started a new month and Ohio State took the opportunity to make a huge round of offers to some intriguing new prospects for 2019. In particular, the Buckeyes were aggressive at the tight end position and significantly expanded the recruiting board there.
Cartersville (Ga.) tight end Jackson Lowe added Ohio State to an already impressive offer list. Lowe’s most significant offer likely is from Clemson, which added his 5-star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, in the 2018 class. Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, USC and other major programs also have joined in the pursuit of Lowe. He’s ranked as the No. 14 tight end in the 2019 class and checks in at 6-5 and 242 pounds.
Blessed to have received an offer from the ⭕️hio State University pic.twitter.com/YaHvkpal7P
— Big Baby👶🏼 (@jacksonlowee) March 2, 2018
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco was good to Ohio State in the 2017 class, sending 5-star offensive guard Wyatt Davis to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are looking to dip back into the program in the 2019 class, offering 6-6, 240-pound tight end Jude Wolfe, the No. 16 player at the position nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. Wolfe’s offer list is impressive and also includes USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan and a number of other Power 5 programs.
— Jude Wolfe (@judewolfe25) March 2, 2018
Another big tight end with an impressive offer list? Yep. Ohio State offered 2019 Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald tight end Luke Deal, the No. 19 player at the position in his class. The recruitment of Deal, who is 6-5 and 230 pounds, has gained momentum in recent months. Since the end of his junior season, Deal has added offers from Georgia, Auburn, Notre Dame, USC, Michigan, Florida and Clemson, among other programs.
— Luke Deal (@lukedeal5) March 1, 2018
The first non-tight end to make the roundup of the March offers is Bradenton (Fla.) Braden River running back Knowledge McDaniel. The 5-10, 208-pound back added Ohio State to an offer list that includes Pittsburgh, Kentucky, South Carolina and Ole Miss. McDaniel is ranked as the No. 83 running back in the country and is the 14th player at his position to receive an offer from the Buckeyes.
— Knowledge McDaniel (@kcmc1515) March 1, 2018
Rocky Mount (N.C.) cornerback Shyheim Battle also received an offer from Ohio State. At 6-2 and 173 pounds, he fits the physical profile of the longer, leaner corners that the Buckeyes pursue. He’s ranked as the No. 61 corner in the class, and his offer sheet includes Ohio State, Clemson, N.C. State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Duke and others.
— Shyheim Battle (@ShyOutta252) March 1, 2018
Finally, Ohio State put out an offer in a rare territory — Alabama — with its offer to safety Trikweze Bridges of Lanett High School. A 4-star prospect and the No. 17 safety in the country, Bridges’ offer list includes Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky, Duke and several Group of Five programs.
— #11Bridges (@TrikwezeB_2) March 1, 2018
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