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Brenton Cox visits Alabama … what now?
It’s a great time to be an Ohio State football fan, both on the field and on the recruiting trail. The Buckeyes are ranked sixth in the country and have the No. 1 recruiting class for 2018, per 247Sports. But neither of those developments comes without worry.
The football team lost to Oklahoma in September, leaving little margin for error the rest of the way. And some members of this recruiting class could have fans sweating all the way until the fax rolls in.
Brenton Cox became the latest Ohio State commitment to visit another school when he made the trek to Alabama to see the Tide rout Arkansas on Saturday. In recent weeks, safety Josh Proctor visited Oklahoma and quarterback Emory Jones visited Alabama. As my colleague Jeremy Birmingham reported Friday, though, Cox at least told the Ohio State coaching staff about his visit beforehand. That was not the case with either of the other two players.
The sense after the visit is that everything is still fine with Ohio State and Cox going forward. However, this was an unofficial visit, which means Cox could return for an official visit later in the season if he chooses. Alabama is pushing hard for him, and the Tide will certainly try to get him back to Tuscaloosa. If an official visit does happen, it might be time to monitor the situation more closely.
With that said, Cox has always been firmly committed to Ohio State. He’s scheduled to make his official visit to Columbus for the Penn State game, which would give the Buckeyes a chance to make sure everything is still good and try to prevent any other visits from happening.
Emory Jones stays away
Cox was in Alabama, but the news wasn’t all bad on the Alabama-Ohio State front. Jones, who seems likely to take another visit to Alabama at some point, wasn’t present for the Arkansas game on Saturday. That’s positive news for the Buckeyes as they look to keep one of the jewels of their class from ending up elsewhere.
Like Cox, Jones is planning to visit for Ohio State’s home game against Penn State on Oct. 28. The fact that it seems as though he won’t be visiting Alabama between then and now will give the Buckeyes a chance to get back on the same page with him.
Buckeyes among top for 4-star 2019 prospect Harry Miller
Now that we’ve covered the requisite flip talk, it’s time for some more positive news. Buford, Ga., offensive lineman Harry Miller, a 4-star prospect in the class of 2019 according to the 247Sports composite rankings, told Rivals.com that the Buckeyes — along with Clemson, Georgia and Michigan — are among his top schools.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Miller took an unofficial visit to Ohio State for the Oklahoma game this season.
— Harry Miller (@harrymiller76) September 10, 2017
Ohio State’s combination of academic and football success stands out, Miller told Rivals.
“It is connected to a hospital, so their medical program is great and they have great business schools there too,” he said. “Coach Urban Meyer is a great leader, he is a great coach and he has that program playing at a high level. It is a winning program with history and academics.”
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