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Buckeyes offer Matthew Baldwin
After his weekend visit to Columbus, Austin (Texas) 3-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin landed his biggest recruiting offer yet, from the Buckeyes.
— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_12) November 13, 2017
The Colorado State commitment told Land of 10, however, that having the offer doesn’t mean any decision about his future is imminent. He has only recently been recruited by Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, and last weekend was the first chance to really get to know the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff. He needs to now return to Ohio State sometime soon to continue building his relationships there.
“I am trying to get up for an official visit,” Baldwin said. “To spend more time with those guys.”
With the drama and uncertainty around the status of Emory Jones‘ commitment, Ohio State is now all-in when it comes to pursuing other quarterbacks in the Class of 2018. They offered Jarren Williams, the former Kentucky commit, two weeks ago and he’ll visit the Buckeyes officially this coming weekend. As we talked about Sunday night, Ohio State also hosted Tennessee commit Adrian Martinez last weekend (though they have not yet offered him).
But … Jones is still committed, despite the flood of rumors and innuendo that he’s bound to flip to Alabama. Jones has put the Buckeyes in a bad position as he ponders his own future, and that’s why Urban Meyer has no choice but to offer other players. You can’t miss on a quarterback in this recruiting class if you’re the Buckeyes.
“You have to have one every year,” Meyer said Monday when asked about quarterback recruiting. “That’s setting yourself up for disaster if something goes on down the road. So you always have plan A, B, C and D. And we do.”
Jones is Plan A, believe that. He’s been Plan A for a long time. Whether Baldwin is Plan B, C or D, that is up for debate. But Meyer did acknowledge that what I’ve been suggesting for weeks is now a possibility — the need for a second QB in this class if you can get one.
“[It’s] possible, possible,” Meyer said about taking two quarterbacks in the Class of 2018. “Just like you said the issue that’s going to come up here is the early signing period. And you still don’t know who is going to declare for the draft a month later. [Buckeyes director of player personnel] Mark [Pantoni] just keeps wanting to talk to me about it — and I said, give me some time. But we don’t have much time.
“But the other thing you’re going to see is the guy you keep on the back burner and try to flip him at the end, he signs on [Dec. 20th, the first day of the early signing period], you don’t have those guys, either. It’s going to be an interesting year.”
It already has been, Urban, it already has been.
4-star CB Christian Tutt to announce Tuesday, Buckeyes in mix
If there’s a cornerback in the country that we’ve not talked about enough, it’s probably Christian Tutt, a 4-star prospect from Thomson, Ga.
Tutt, who has been top target for the Buckeyes for some time, made an official visit to Ohio State in mid-September, but has stayed relatively low key in his recruitment since.
He visited Auburn last weekend and saw the Tigers knock off No. 1 Georgia. He will make his college decision, between Ohio State and Auburn, on Tuesday.
From SEC Country’s Ben Wolk, who covers Auburn recruiting for our sister site:
After his official visit to Auburn, the 4-star cornerback from Thomson, Ga., confirmed what he already believed coming into the weekend — that he wanted to commit Tuesday at his U.S. Army All-American Game jersey ceremony.
It’s officially down to Ohio State and Auburn. Tutt admitted Nebraska’s coaching uncertainty and program instability steered him away from the Cornhuskers.
“This weekend was great. I’m wrapping up my recruitment. I’ll be committing Tuesday. It’s going to be at Ohio State or here,” Tutt said. “This weekend meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to me and my family.”
I spoke to Tutt briefly about his decision.
“I talk to [Buckeyes cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs] every day,” Tutt said. “Him, [defensive coordinator Greg] Schiano and Coach Meyer.”
While the Ohio State staff has tried to stay in the game with the No. 25-ranked cornerback in 2018 per the 247Sports composite, the vibe I got from him is that he’ll choose the Tigers on Tuesday.
“Auburn has been there the whole time,” he added. “The situation they’re in right now, and the situation I’m in right now, it’s hard to say no to.”
The Buckeyes continue to look for a second cornerback to join Sevyn Banks in their 2018 class. Next man up.
Ohio State vibe on Cade Mays
In Sunday night’s Dotting the ‘Eyes, we talked about Martinez and Chris Olave, each of whom made official visits to Ohio State last weekend. The country’s second-ranked offensive tackle, Cade Mays from Knoxville (Tenn.), joined them.
Mays, a former long-time Tennessee commit and a Volunteers’ legacy, recently visited Georgia and Clemson, with each program reportedly feeling good about their standing with the 6-foot-6, 318-pound prospect. As for the Buckeyes? They’re feeling “OK,” which is what you’d really expect for a program getting its first chance at face-to-face recruiting Mays.
“I’d say there’s some optimism,” one source said about the Buckeyes’ feelings following the weekend. “But not confidence.”
Personally, I think Tennessee remains the most likely place for Mays to land — though it will depend on who the Volunteers hire to replace Butch Jones, and how quickly they do it.