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Ohio State lands commitment No. 23, Tyler Friday
Did you miss any of the coverage about Ohio State’s latest blue-chip commit, Tyler Friday? Check out an article on his commitment Friday as well as a deeper look analyzing what the recruiting victory over Michigan and Alabama means for the Buckeyes. Friday committed to the Buckeyes during a live ceremony at his high school, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep and discussed the decision with Rivals.com analyst Adam Friedman.
“Coach [Larry] Johnson just being who he is as one of the better defensive line coaches in the country,” Friday said to Friedman. “Seeing what he can do for me really pushed me toward Ohio State. I can come in and contribute to their tradition and get me a trophy as well.
“On my visit, I was visualizing myself there when I’m watching film in the film room and seeing how they run things,” he said. “I really like the way Urban Meyer runs things and it’s something that I was really attracted to and something I want to be a part of.”
Buckeyes re-offer Texas star Marquez Beason
It’s difficult enough for most prospects to land one offer from Ohio State, but 2019 Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne athlete Marquez Beason has managed to do it twice. Earlier this week Beason celebrated a new offer from Ohio State as a defensive back.
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“They had offered me at receiver in, like, spring of last year. I wanted to switch positions and I wanted to play defense, so now Ohio State offered me at defensive back, too,” Beason said. “That shows a lot of good things, because they showed that they want me as a football player, no matter what position. It shows that they love my football ability and that I can make plays on either side of the ball.”
Beason is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the country’s No. 85 overall player and No. 6 athlete. The 5-foot-11, 173-pound prospect’s versatility and athleticism are without question and his smooth transition to defensive back is making a believer out of many coaches.
“My uncle has been telling me that I should be a defensive back since I was a freshman, but receiver’s been my position my entire life, so I didn’t really pay it any mind. One day, I just switched to defensive back at practice and it felt really natural,” Beason relayed. “My coach saw me and he was like ‘Oh yeah, that’s your spot.’ That’s when I really changed my mind and realized I could play this for real.”
The Buckeyes have had a surprising run of success in Texas recently, landing starters and contributors such as J.T. Barrett, J.K. Dobbins, Jeff Okudah, Demetrius Knox, and Baron Browning. While they’ll have to contend with the other programs pursuing Beason — Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Notre Dame are just a few of the other programs to extend offers — they certainly have the junior standout’s ear early on.
“Ohio State has a great secondary coach, a great defensive coordinator, and they just produce a lot of great guys going to the NFL for offense and defense,” Beason said. “They have a great education program and they don’t just focus on football. They focus on helping you become a man and what you do after football.”
Ohio State’s coaching staff has worked on building close relationships with Beason, a process that has continued since the re-offer at defensive back.
“I talk with Coach Meyer, Coach [Kerry] Coombs, and Coach [Zach] Smith. Coach Smith has been recruiting me the longest and he’s a great coach. He’s very energetic, a very high-energy guy, and he loves the game of football and loves Ohio State. Coach Coombs, me and him just started talking when I switched to DB,” Beason said. “I can tell he’s all about business, but he likes to have fun, too. He produces a lot of great players to the NFL. Coach Meyer is a great coach, a down-to-earth guy, and just really, like I said, a great coach and a great man.”
The next step in Ohio State’s recruiting process with Beason will be to get the highly touted defensive back to Columbus. With plans for an early decision in the back of his mind, Beason will be working to take advantage of the NCAA’s new rules for 2019 prospects and take all of his official visits in the spring. Right now, Ohio State seems to be one of the programs in strong position to land an official from Beason.
“I haven’t visited there yet, but I’m going to talk to my parents about trying to make it up there in the spring. I tweeted this out, but I want to use all of my official visits during the spring so that I can commit during the summer. I still have to talk those schools out with my parents, the ins and outs of it, but there’s a good chance that Ohio State will be one of them,” Beason said.
“Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, and Oklahoma are some of the other schools that are standing out and recruiting me the most as of now.”
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