While many of us may be looking forward to a long weekend (and a snowed-in weekend, depending where you live) and relaxing on this lovely Friday, the Buckeyes coaching staff took a super-active approach to Jan. 12. Ohio State continued its march on the recruiting trail by extending a trio of interesting new offers. Let’s get started and take a look at the day’s events.
In-state offensive lineman earns Ohio State offer
Ohio State is (understandably) stingy with in-state offers during the Urban Meyer tenure. The Buckeyes have the capital to recruit selectively anywhere in the country, but nowhere more so than in Ohio. When Ohio State puts out an offer to a home-state prospect, it’s an event that tends to bear watching.
Ryan Jacoby, a 2019 offensive lineman out of Mentor (Ohio), became just the seventh in-state product to earn an Ohio State offer in the current junior class. An impressive junior season that culminated in a state runner-up finish at the Division I championship for Jacoby and his teammates has yielded interest from a number of Power-5 programs. Oregon, West Virginia, Virginia, Iowa State and several other programs offered Jacoby before the Buckeyes came through, but no other offer as been as impactful.
“I’m just super excited. I grew up in Ohio, I’m from Ohio, I’ve always loved Ohio State, and it’s always been the team I’ve always watched and rooted for,” Jacoby told LandOf10.com. “It’s pretty awesome to get offered and know that they want me to play for my childhood team.”
Check out the article linked above for Jacoby’s full comments on his offer. The Northeast Ohio product will be among Ohio State’s most important targets in this cycle. The offer has potential to end his recruitment and commit in the near future. Jacoby will sit down with his family and coaches to make the best decision, but he’s been open about his lifelong love for the Buckeyes. With teammate and 4-star defensive end Noah Potter holding an Ohio State offer as well, it would be surprising to see the Mentor product end up anywhere besides Columbus.
Buckeyes venture south looking for a QB
Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell picked up a Buckeyes offer Friday, becoming just the sixth quarterback in the 2019 class to earn an offer from Ohio State. Howell, ranked as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country on the 247Sports composite rankings, holds offers from programs such as Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, West Virginia and Pitt.
Howell has not yet been available for comment on his offer from Ohio State. Check out highlights from his junior year below, where Howell produced 5,000 yards and 60 touchdowns worth of offense for his team at Sun Valley.
Rhode Island OT blows up overnight, adds OSU offer
Xavier Truss may be among the most significant breakout recruits in the 2019 class over the last several months. Truss, a product of Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken, entered the U.S. Army All-American underclassmen combine with zero scholarship offers. In the week since its conclusion, Truss has gone on to add offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Oregon, Boston College, BYU, and Rutgers, with more doubtlessly on the way.
Truss is an impressive athlete on the offensive line and has ideal size at 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds. He’s not the most polished prospect in the country, but his compete level is high and he shows the physicality and determination needed to succeed at the next level as an offensive lineman. Ohio State’s offer followed shortly on the heels of division rivals Michigan and Penn State.
“It was huge to land that offer. You know, I think my Penn State and Michigan offers had something to do with it, but it’s definitely a great feeling. Urban Meyer called me at the school and the way people reacted to all of this has been pretty crazy,” Truss said. “One of my best friends in my chemistry class is a huge, huge Ohio State fan and I’ve got kids from other schools reaching out to congratulate me. It’s pretty surreal. The attention here is different from these bigger states. At some places, it’s just like you’re representing your school or your town, but it almost feels like I’m representing my entire state coming from Rhode Island.”
Ohio State hasn’t traditionally recruited Rhode Island, but that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes brand fails to reach the New England communities there. Truss is familiar with the Buckeyes and fond of them, as well.
“I admire the success and the consistency of Ohio State’s football team and their toughness and grit. I’d love to be a part of a tradition like that under a coach like Urban Meyer,” Truss said. “One thing that’s always definitely caught by eye about them is the uniforms. I love their jerseys, but especially their helmets and those alternates they wore against Penn State this year.”
It’s too early to say what could happen in a recruitment like Truss’, one where he adds offers by the day, if not by the hour. Still, he has plans to visit at least three Big Ten programs during this offseason.
“You know it’s those three big-time Big Ten programs right up there now with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State,” Truss said. “I know for sure I’m going to be visiting Penn State for their spring game and then my parents and I will talk with Coach Harbaugh and Coach Meyer to figure out Michigan and Ohio State visits. I definitely want to check both of those places out.”
Check out Truss’ junior highlights below:
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