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Ohio State commits didn’t appreciate final playoff rankings
Ohio State football found itself at the center of a debate Sunday afternoon. The College Football Playoff committee revealed its final rankings, placing Alabama in postseason tournament action ahead of the Buckeyes.
Considering Ohio State was fresh off a Big Ten Championship Game victory, emotions ran high for fans and players alike. You can also count Buckeyes recruits among those who swiftly reacted to this controversial decision.
— Sevoo #7 (@BanksNiko) December 3, 2017
— Dallas Gant (@dallas_gant) December 3, 2017
— Taron Vincent (@t_lova23) December 3, 2017
Top-ranked tight end Jeremy Ruckert, a member of Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class since July 17, expressed optimism about the future. He sounds ready to help the Buckeyes handle business and leave no room for doubt next season:
— Ruck (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) December 3, 2017
Ohio State didn’t get the news it hoped for Sunday, but a Big Ten title shouldn’t be undervalued. Nor should an upcoming Cotton Bowl matchup vs. Pac-12 champion USC.
Though this wasn’t the outcome Buckeyes recruits wanted, it’s a good sign to see them use the moment as a galvanizing tool. The experience of being left on the doorstep of playoff inclusion should ensure there’s no lack of motivation this offseason, and that also applies to an impressive collection of incoming freshmen.
5-star CB Anthony Cook schedules commitment date
Coveted Houston cornerback Anthony Cook is entering the final stretch of a high-profile recruitment. The 5-star Lamar High School senior will reveal his choice in less than three weeks, according to Gerry Hamilton of ESPN.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 4, 2017
Cook, a 6-foot, 170-pound prospect, is a priority Ohio State target. The Buckeyes enjoyed significant success on the Texas recruiting trail last National Signing Day, securing 5-star defenders Jeffrey Okudah and Baron Browning, along with running back JK Dobbins.
Competition here comes from the LSU Tigers and Texas Longhorns.
Following an official visit to Austin in September, Cook listed Texas and Ohio State as co-leaders, according to EJ Holland of 247Sports.
“I would say Ohio State and Texas are one now,” Cook told Holland. “They are both tied at the top, so LSU is number two. I don’t know what it was about Texas. It was just one of those visits where you feel it. I loved everything about it.”
It’s certainly worth noting Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs checked in from Houston on social media Monday morning:
Flag planting in December has begun! Beautiful Houston today! #lonestarstatehasbeenverygoodtotheBuckeyes #greatplayersandcoacheshere! #BarrettKnoxSheffieldOkudahBrowningDobbinsGardiner #youcanwinalotofgameswiththatgroup!
— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) December 4, 2017
See that first lengthy hashtag?
Lone Star State has been very good to the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will soon find out if that momentum continues. Cook’s decision date coincides with the start of the new early signing period in college football (Dec. 20-22), so it figures to be a very prominent day for the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class efforts.
Buckeyes extend offer to Indianapolis WR David Bell
Ohio State remains active assembling its 2019 target board. This process led to the issuing of another scholarship offer Monday afternoon, as Indianapolis receiver David Bell shared the news on social media:
— David Bell™ (@TheRealDBell_) December 4, 2017
Bell, a 6-2, 185-pound junior at Warren Central High School, is considered the top-ranked Indiana recruit in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings. He is listed No. 12 among receivers in the class and No. 63 overall.
Bell attended a Buckeyes camp last offseason, and he’s compiled an expansive list of offers. Ohio State enters a mix that includes Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
Bell has enjoyed a tremendously productive prep career, collecting nearly 3,000 receiving yards and 33 touchdown catches. He recorded 52 receptions for 1,075 yards and 11 scores in 2017, according to MaxPreps.
Ohio State currently carries one commitment in its 2019 recruiting class: 4-star offensive lineman Doug Nester. Other Buckeyes receiver targets in the cycle include Jashawn Sheffield (Saint Simons Island, Ga.), Trey Knox (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Theo Wease (Allen, Texas).
Watch Bell’s junior-season highlights here:
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