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Ohio State is hoping to get Jayson Oweh back on campus.

Ohio State recruiting mailbag: Wide receivers, defensive linemen and quarterbacks, oh my

Jeremy Birmingham

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Welcome back to the recruiting mailbag, friends.

This week, I’m answering some questions from Twitter and also from the Land of 10 Ohio State forums that I didn’t get to last week.

How likely it is that Ohio State misses on Tyreke Smith, Jayson Oweh and Micah Parsons? – @ScottBales1

I do not think it’s likely at all, but it’s infinitely more possible than I would have imagined even two months ago.

I believe Ohio State has backed off of Micah Parsons, the 5-star DE/LB from Harrisburg (Pa.), after his official visit in early September. Yes, there’s still interest, but there’s been virtually no pursuit since and that isn’t by accident. Maybe they’ll try to revisit things with Parsons down the road, but it seems unlikely at this point.

Tyreke Smith was the player most people believed was “a lock” for Ohio State for months because he’s an Ohio resident, but the Buckeyes haven’t been able to shake Penn State, the team that offered him first. Ohio State – and Urban Meyer specifically – hasn’t been able to build a relationship with Smith the way Penn State coach James Franklin has, and it seems more and more likely that it will be the Nittany Lions for him.

With Jayson Oweh, he’s the one who is – in my opinion – closest to being a member of the Buckeyes as of today, but Penn State is definitely going to be there until the end. His offer from Michigan on Wednesday night has thorn-in-the-side potential. If signing day were today, I think Oweh would sign with Ohio State, but there’s a lot of time until then.

Is the interest in other WRs than Kamryn Babb a reaction to Trevon Grimes? – @Zidaya

No.

The recent offers to Chris Olave and Alontae Taylor have nothing to do with the rumors of a potential hardship-inspired transfer for Grimes specifically. However, if you take a step back and look at it in a broader perspective, it’s easy to see why Ohio State is interested in a wide receiver other than Kamryn Babb in 2018.

People always leave. There’s always attrition. Always. Ohio State is full of talented kids, some who are considering the NFL, some who are considering if another school will provide a faster route to playing time.

It’s good to be prepared.

How long will Ohio State give Emory Jones to decide on his commitment after his visit to Alabama next week? Or will they have a decisive “talk” on his visit for Penn State? – CoastalBuckeye

Well, let’s assume that Jones, who has been committed to Ohio State since July 2016, visits Alabama officially this weekend. If that happens, I think you’ll see Ohio State amp up its pursuit of another quarterback. Does that mean they’ll try to “remove” him from their class? Maybe, but I doubt it, because until you know you have another quarterback in the fold, then the best option is still Jones. The Buckeyes have a long-standing relationship with him, and he has strong relationships with a number of big-time Buckeyes targets.

If Ohio State can get Jones back on campus on the weekend of Oct. 28 – and if he’s committed still that will happen – then I think the time for “worry” will have passed. If something really negative in his recruitment is going to happen, I think that the next two weeks would be the likely timeline to provide it.

Bottom line: The quarterback most likely to sign with Ohio State in 2018 is the one who currently is committed. Anything else is a crapshoot.

What are the chances with Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell? – @Lakey480

The first question that has to be answered before I can answer this question is whether Ohio State will be able to hold off Texas and land 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook. If the Buckeyes manage to do that, then the pursuit of the American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) duo becomes almost entirely gratuitous and nothing more than a potential cherry on top of another remarkably good secondary haul for the Buckeyes.

If they don’t, then the need – and with it, the push – for Surtain or Campbell (or both, I guess) becomes far greater. That, though, doesn’t mean much when it comes to the odds of them landing in Columbus. The Buckeyes are expected to receive an official visit from the pair at some point before any decisions are made, but they’re absolutely playing from behind on both counts and there’s not really any reason to be optimistic about their chances.

But an official visit at least keeps the door open…

How good are you at karaoke? — @ChrisKirschner

Very good, Chris. Very good.

But you already knew this, unless the shine of my star blinded you when we took turns rocking the stage in a Portland, Ore., dive bar in the summer of 2016.

I can’t imagine a scenario where you’d have forgotten though, so I’ll presume this question was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Next time I’ll sign your shirt for you or something.

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