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Another week, another visit for 2019 DE Noah Potter
Last Saturday, and for what feels like the 14th time this season, Mentor (Ohio) 2019 defensive end Noah Potter visited Ohio State.
The Buckeye State’s 14th-ranked prospect, Potter holds an offer from Ohio State and was just last week offered by Michigan State, a school in which he has serious interest. Ohio State, bouncing back from a 55-24 loss to Iowa, played the way the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Potter has come to expect.
“The visit was good,” Potter told Land of 10. “I pretty much only watched the game. We got there a little later than normal.
“I wasn’t surprised that [Ohio State] bounced back. [Buckeyes] Coach [Urban] Meyer doesn’t lose two games in a row. They got back to what they do.”
Following the game, Potter visited with the coaches before heading home.
“I went in the locker room after,” Potter said when asked about his chance to see the Buckeyes staff. “As soon as they were done, they took all the recruits back up.”
This weekend, Potter and his Mentor (11-1) teammates will work to stay alive in Ohio’s Division I playoffs. They’ll face the Cleveland St. Ignatius Wildcats, the squad that dealt them their only defeat of the season way back in Week 2.
Bryce Kirtz talks first, abbreviated, Ohio State visit
Initially scheduled to visit Ohio State two weeks ago for its game against Penn State, Indiana’s Bryce Kirtz had to reschedule.
“I didn’t get a chance to go on that visit,” Kirtz told Land of 10. “On our way there my dad got sick and we had to turn around.”
Instead, the Class of 2019 wide receiver from Brownsburg, Ind., visited last weekend for the Michigan State game. Kirtz arrived on Saturday morning and spent most of pregame on the field talking with 2018 Nebraska commit Cameron Brown, taking in the vibe at Ohio Stadium.
“The visit was better than I expected,” he said. “The hospitality was great. I mainly talked to the wide receiver coaches.
“We left at halftime. The game was just a blowout and we had to get home to get my dad from the airport.”
In the meantime, the 6-foot, 180-pound Kirtz tried to observe how he’d fit in the Buckeyes offense. It was that offense that caught his eye the most over the weekend.
“Just how fast Ohio State plays,” he said. “That was eye opening. I’m curious to see what they’d do with me in their offense.”
Ohio State offers Pennsylvania DB MJ Devonshire
Let’s get to a little housekeeping on a few new offers that Ohio State has sent out recently. We’ll begin in Aliquippa, Pa., and 4-star cornerback MJ Devonshire, a talented 5-11, 170-pound junior.
Blessed to say I’ve received an offer from The Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/vrVei4BX5N
— mj devonshire jr™ (@GoDumb_9) November 14, 2017
The offer from the Buckeyes is the fifth for Devonshire, and undoubtedly his “biggest” to date. Toledo, Syracuse, West Virginia and Oregon State were his earlier opportunities. He is the country’s 42nd-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2019 and Pennsylvania’s eighth-ranked prospect overall.
Pennsylvania lineman Andrew Kristofic gets offer
Ohio State also offered Andrew Kristofic on Monday night. He’s a 6-5, 255-pound offensive lineman at Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland High School, where he’s the best blocker in front of prized Notre Dame 2018 commit Phil Jurkovec, a one-time target of the Buckeyes.
Thankful and excited to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University 🌰🌰 pic.twitter.com/GKXEDt704g
— Andrew Kristofic (@AKristofic21) November 14, 2017
Kristofic has offers from Wisconsin, Pitt, Northwestern, Michigan State, and West Virginia among his 11 scholarship opportunities.
He visited Ohio State on Oct. 28 for the Buckeyes’ game against Penn State and camped in Columbus last summer. He previously had visited Ohio State with his basketball team and attended a camp put on by former Buckeyes coach Thad Matta.