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4-star DE Tyreke Smith wants to visit Buckeyes this weekend
With his senior season of football officially behind him, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) 4-star DE Tyreke Smith is turning his attention to basketball once again. The longtime hoopster is opting for another season on the court instead of enrolling at his college of choice in January.
“Yes sir,” Smith told Land of 10 when asked if he’d still play basketball this year. “I only get this experience once.”
Unfortunately for Ohio State, that experience – and the obligations that come with it – might prevent the Buckeyes from getting another shot to grow their relationship with the nation’s No. 4-ranked weakside defensive end. He’s taking an official visit to Oregon next weekend. He already has used his official visit with Ohio State, but this weekend he was hoping to return to Columbus to see the Buckeyes host Illinois.
“I’m trying to get to Ohio State this weekend,” he said. “But I have basketball, a scrimmage.”
Smith recorded 23 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 10 games during his senior season.
Jarren Williams official visit starts Friday
Let’s start looking at the official visitors who will be in Columbus this weekend, starting with 4-star quarterback Jarren Williams from Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) High School.
Williams is a former Kentucky commit (twice) who re-opened his recruitment last Sunday upon returning from Coral Gables, Fla., where he spent a weekend with the Miami Hurricanes and coach Mark Richt. Since that trip, most of the chatter around Williams has been pro-Canes. There was some chatter throughout the week that Williams would not make the trip to Columbus and instead commit right away to Miami.
According to his high school coach, Todd Wofford, that’s not necessarily the case.
“Jarren is going up today,” Wofford told Land of 10. “He said he’s going up there with an open mind.”
Of course, Ohio State still has a commitment from Emory Jones, and as long as Jones remains committed to the Buckeyes, it’s hard to know exactly what comes of this visit or any visit from a quarterback, including Adrian Martinez and Matthew Baldwin, who came to Ohio last weekend.
Williams is scheduled to be in Columbus until Sunday.
Ohio State to host Tyler Friday
Just about two weeks ago, Ramsey (N.J.) 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday released his top 5 schools on Twitter, and he included Ohio State among them.
This weekend, the Don Bosco Prep star will head to Columbus for his official visit, the first of the five he’s expected to make over the next month or so.
OSU official visit this weekend ‼️🤘🏽#GoBuckeyes
— Big Smooth (@almighty_ty5) November 14, 2017
Friday is the country’s third-ranked defensive tackle, but his 6-foot-3, 265-pound frame also makes him an interesting prospect as a defensive end, a la Tyquan Lewis.
Right now, Michigan is the school most people feel leads to land Friday, but the Buckeyes will take their chances this weekend as they look to add probably three more defensive linemen in the Class of 2018.
Colorado commit expected to make Ohio State visit
The third official visitor Ohio State is expecting this week is Chattanooga (Tenn.) 3-star offensive lineman Walker Culver.
Culver, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound tackle at the Baylor School, is committed to Colorado. He doesn’t yet have – or at least is not reporting – an offer from Ohio State. He’s been committed to Colorado for more than a year and has laid very low in his recruitment to this point.
Ohio State is looking to add at least two more offensive linemen in the Class of 2018, and though it seems the preference would be offensive tackles, the Buckeyes continue to prefer athletes capable of playing multiple positions along the line and Culver fits the bill.
Besides Colorado, the country’s 86th-ranked offensive tackle also holds 10 other offers, including Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Mississippi State.