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Blue-chip cornerback will officially visit Ohio State
Four-star Aledo, Texas cornerback Jeffery Carter previously included the Buckeyes in his top-6 schools at the end of April, but the defensive back’s relationship with the program will take the next step soon.
“I’m going to take my official visit to Ohio State in May,” Carter told Land of 10. “I’m really looking forward to getting up there with [sophomore Ohio State cornerback and Texas native] Jeff Okudah and those guys.”
Carter is ranked as the No. 125 overall prospect and No. 13 cornerback in the 2019 recruiting class by the 247Sports composite rankings. He has already taken official visits to Texas A&M (April 13) and Oregon (April 21), two of the teams that also made his top 6. Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma round out the group.
Urban Meyer pulled three 4-star prospects from Texas in the legendary 2013 recruiting class and one more in 2014 — J.T. Barrett, Dontre Wilson, Demetrius Knox and Mike Mitchell. The Buckeyes were dormant in Texas in the 2015 and 2016 classes, but things changed in 2017.
Five-star recruits Baron Browning and Jeffrey Okudah departed the Dallas area for Ohio State, leading a wave that also included 4-star running back JK Dobbins of La Grange, former 5-star Houston native Kendall Sheffield (who comes to the Buckeyes after one year at Alabama and another at a JUCO program) and 3-star wide receiver Elijah Gardiner of Kemp. The trend continued into 2018 when Ohio State landed quarterback Matthew Baldwin of Lake Travis in Austin, the same program that produced Wilson.
It seems this pipeline should continue yielding talent with a surge to the lead position of 4-star 2019 Houston St. Pius X quarterback Grant Gunnell‘s recruitment and Ohio State’s pursuits of other prospects in the class. Carter is a key piece of that, as is fellow 4-star defensive back Erick Young and 4-star wide receivers like Elijah Higgins (who just visited campus over the weekend), Dylan Wright and Jalen Curry (Gunnell’s high school teammate).
No one has put it better than Okudah did when he shared this message on Twitter after Wilson’s commitment:
We’re really bringing Texas to Ohio State 🤐
— Jeffrey Okudah III (@jokudah_) April 30, 2018
Ohio State is a major offer for 2020 OL Turner Corcoran
Lawrence, Kan., is not known as a mecca of high-level football. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. The Kansas Jayhawks and their legendary basketball program tends to dominate the state and its perception, but that hasn’t stopped 2020 offensive lineman Turner Corcoran from flourishing. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound sophomore has earned offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State in the last seven weeks, bucking the basketball trend.
“I grew up loving football. I never really was a basketball person, even though I watched the Jayhawks a lot. Football was always my first love — just putting that helmet and those pads on. In fifth or sixth grade for football, I started to grow a little bit more. I’ve always been taller and bigger than most kids, so I kind of just bullied people on the field. A couple of my coaches helped me on the way … and made me into a better football player,” Corcoran said. “Coming up to high school [Lawrence Free State coach Robert Lisher] helped me a lot in drills we do with staying low, hitting with our hands and just driving until the echo of the whistle. It’s always been my sport.”
Corcoran’s most recent offer came from Ohio State on Monday, a surprising start to the school day for the tackle.
“I gave [Ohio State recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni] a call and he told me that he really liked my highlight film and that he was offering me a scholarship. He said he wanted me and my family to come down for a visit sometime soon,” Corcoran said. “I had to end the conversation sooner than I wanted to because I was in school and wasn’t with my parents, so we’ll iron out the details more.”
Though the drive from Lawrence to Columbus is just shy of 700 miles, Corcoran is familiar with Ohio State’s brand and has watched the Buckeyes for years. He never expected the eight-time national champions to offer a scholarship.
“I’ve always known Ohio State to be one of the best programs in the nation. They’re always a contender in the Big Ten Championship and obviously the national championship with being in the playoffs and everything,” said Corcoran. “I always thought that school was kind of far from the reach of my potential and the same with Notre Dame and kind of Iowa State. It’s been a really fun ride to see everything unfold for myself, but I’ve got to keep my head on the ground.”
Corcoran received his first offer in mid-March from Kansas State.
“When I first got my offer, my head was in the clouds with K-State being a semi-local team that I grew up watching. For them to offer was crazy, it was cool and I liked it,” said Corcoran. “They were a favorite of mine going into the whole recruiting process.”
There is not yet a composite ranking for the 2020 recruit, but Corcoran is regarded as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports’ in-house rankings. The network ranks him as the No. 93 overall prospect and No. 15 tackle in the 2020 class. He is not rated or ranked by Rivals.com or ESPN.
Ohio State makes top 8 for 2019 defensive tackle
Ohio State was included in the top 8 on Tuesday afternoon for Roxboro, N.C., defensive tackle Joshua Harris, a 2019 4-star prospect, the No. 268 overall recruit and No. 16 defensive tackle in his class. Other programs included alongside the Buckeyes were Penn State, Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.
The Buckeyes offered Harris at the end of January and the 6-2, 316-pound defensive lineman has not visited Ohio State’s campus since landing the offer. There has not been a premium placed on the defensive tackle position by Ohio State in this class and I would be surprised if Harris ended up in this class.
There are some defensive tackles who remain in frequent contact with Ohio State — notably 5-star Hawaiian Faatui Tuitele and 4-star prospects Tyler Davis of Florida, Jowon Briggs of Ohio and Mazi Smith of Michigan — but it’s not a big position of need in this class. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Buckeyes didn’t take any defensive tackles in 2019. Tuitele and Smith are the top-2 priorities as of now, to my understanding, but both feel unlikely to land in Columbus.
4-star 2019 WR Ramel Keyton sets decision date
Four-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton, a product of Marietta, Ga., has set a commitment date for May 16, he announced on Twitter on Monday evening. Keyton previously included Ohio State in his top-6 programs alongside Tennessee, Penn State, Auburn, Miami and Ole Miss. He is a 6-3, 186-pound prospect ranked as the No. 188 overall recruit and No. 31 wide receiver in the 2019 class.
Keyton is a teammate of 2020 Ohio State tackle commit Jake Wray and 2020 Buckeyes quarterback offer Harrison Bailey at Marietta. I don’t expect Ohio State to land Keyton when he announces. The Under Armour All-American landed an offer from the Buckeyes in October, but he has not visited campus since. Tennessee is my pick here.
Buckeyes offer 2020 Florida running back
Ohio State offered 2020 running back Brandon Fields (Orlando, Fla., Dr. Phillips) on Monday evening. Fields is a 5-11, 195-pound prospect who also holds offers from Florida, South Carolina, UCLA, Virginia Tech and other Power 5 programs. He is not yet ranked by any of the major recruiting services.
Buckeyes running backs coach Tony Alford is the area recruiter for Orlando for Ohio State and would also be Fields’ position coach, should he choose the school.
Sevyn Banks, a freshman cornerback, came to Ohio State in the 2018 recruiting class from the Orlando area and Ohio State has recruited players such as Tyler Davis (the aforementioned defensive tackle), Rian Davis (the other Davis’ teammate, no relation) and Marcus Tillman Jr. (Banks’ teammate) from the 2019 class.
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