On Jan. 12, Ohio State’s coaches (and college coaches around the country) were once again allowed to leave their college campus and get out on the road recruiting and making in-home visits with top prospects all around the country. The end of the NCAA-mandated dead period usually spurs a bonanza of recruiting activity, and this cycle was no different. The Buckeyes coaching staff was active on the road all week in pursuing top prospects. Find out where they traveled and who they spoke with:
While the Buckeyes spent Friday, Jan. 12 with several coaches on the road, Monday was a lighter day for the Ohio State staff. Buckeyes’ quarterback coach Ryan Day was the only confirmed assistant on the road, as the co-coordinator flew out to California to check in on 4-star San Marcos Mission Hills wide receiver Chris Olave, who played a basketball game that evening.
It was a full day for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff, as many of the assistants were on the road recruiting. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got in on the action, but stayed close to home. Meyer traveled to Mentor in northeast Ohio, to visit 2019 teammates defensive end Noah Potter and offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby.
Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who often handles Atlanta-area recruiting for the Buckeyes, was in Georgia recruiting Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, one of the powerhouse programs in the country. Well over a dozen prospects at Grayson hold Power-5 scholarship offers, but only one, 5-star 2019 linebacker Owen Pappoe, holds an offer from Ohio State. Six other 2019 prospects at Grayson — offensive tackles Wanya Morris and Trente Jones, outside linebacker Kevin Harris, safety Kenyatta Watson II, athlete Ronald Thompkins and wide receiver Kenyon Jackson — are composite 4-star prospects.
— Coach K Watson (@therealkwat) January 16, 2018
Javontae Jean-Baptiste, a 4-star defensive end from Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, received an in-home visit from Ohio State defensive coordinator and lead New Jersey recruiter Greg Schiano ahead of his official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Jean-Baptiste may well be considered the favorite to take the last defensive line spot in the class.
Meanwhile, wide receivers coach Zach Smith spent time in Florida pursuing Rockledge wide receiver Antoine Green, a former Florida State commit. Green has not been widely discussed as a legitimate option for Ohio State, but is expected to take an official visit this weekend, as well.
— Wayne Younger (@CoachYounger14) January 16, 2018
Meyer strayed significantly farther from home Wednesday, flying to Cedar Hill (Texas) with offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson to visit with Trinity Christian School running back Maurice Washington. Washington reemerged as an option for Ohio State after being named MVP at the the Under Armour All-America Game. He scored 3 touchdowns against some of the country’s best competition. Washington is in discussions with Ohio State about setting up an official visit.
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and defensive line coach (and Maryland recruiting ace) Larry Johnson teamed up to visit Waldorf (Md) North Point offensive tackle Rasheed Walker. Walker, perhaps the Buckeyes’ top target regardless of position, will make his official visit to Ohio State this weekend. The visit will be his final official of the process and he will announce a commitment on Feb. 7.
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas should be a familiar program for Buckeyes fans at this point. The Raiders sent the all-everything Bosa brothers to Ohio State, followed by starting cornerback Damon Arnette and blue-chip wide receiver Trevon Grimes, who has since transferred to Florida. On Wednesday, Smith and Kerry Coombs spent time at St. Thomas Aquinas, where they offered a pair of sophomore standouts, 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete Derek Wingo and 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver Jahvante Royal. Both members of the 2020 class, picked up Ohio State offers during the visit from Coombs and Smith.
Thursday and Friday
It appears the Buckeyes coaches took an easy stretch going into the official visit weekend, as Land of 10 has not confirmed in-home or school visits Thursday. On Friday, Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson made the short drive to Springfield (Ohio). Springfield is home to perhaps the state’s top 2019 defensive back, Moses Douglass, as well as players such as 2019 offensive lineman Isaiah Gibson and others. Douglass does not yet hold an offer from the Buckeyes, but appears to be one of the top in-state candidates for that distinction. Additionally, 2018 defensive end and tight end Leonard Taylor plays at Springfield. Taylor held an early offer from the Buckeyes, but there has been minimal contact between the two parties over the last several months.
Thanks Coach Kevin Wilson O/C Ohio State For Stopping By Today To Evaluate Our Prospects!
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— Maurice Douglass Sr (@moedouglass7_sr) January 19, 2018