Land of 10 has embarked on a series of Next Generation articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the Class of 2018 signees. Land of 10 Ohio State writers Austin Ward and Ryan Ginn are visiting the Ohio State incoming freshman class to show you more than 40-yard dash times and recruiting rankings. What follows is a sneak peek at our upcoming profile on 4-star running back Master Teague.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Ohio State commit Master Teague has yet to play a college down, but he’s already shown he can deliver under pressure in Columbus.
At a one-day camp in June, there was plenty at stake. The Buckeyes had been recruiting him for a while, but months passed without an offer. In May, Teague named a top three of Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, but another school would have been on there if he had an offer.
“Ohio State wasn’t in that list of top schools because they hadn’t offered, but they were my top really,” Teague said. “I just knew I’d go to a camp and show out.”
That’s ultimately what had to happen. The Ohio State coaching staff wanted to see what he could do up close and in person, So Teague and his parents came to Columbus to work out in front of Urban Meyer and Kevin Wilson with the understanding that a scholarship was on the line.
No pressure, right?
While the Teagues and coaches at Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman felt confident that an offer was more likely than not, it still wasn’t a sure thing. And though Teague had just put up crazy numbers at Alabama a week before, running a sub-4.40 40-yard dash and jumping 41 inches, he still had to do it at Ohio State.
“I used to be an athlete, and some days you have good days and some days you don’t,” said Teague’s father Corey, who played tight end at Middle Tennessee State.
As it turns out, June 9 was a good day.
On 6/9/2017 @MasterTeagueIII did this. Next week he will sign, not with his dream school as some has called them but with a school whose coaches did an epic job in recruiting him, a school that ended up being the best school! #Led pic.twitter.com/ec5rTx47YK
— Dr. Corey M Teague (@DrCoreyMTeague) December 12, 2017
With Meyer watching, he ran two sub-4.40 40-yard dashes and also posted a 42-inch vertical leap. Teague got his scholarship offer, and he didn’t take long to act on it. Two days after the camp, he publicly announced his commitment.
“I was pretty confident they were going to give me an offer,” Teague said. “I felt confident I was going to perform, and then I did. We were hoping for an offer for a while, but things went a little differently than we thought so we had to do more things to get the offer. I just wanted to show them that I was capable of helping their team be successful.”
Teague isn’t just a workout warrior. As a junior at Blackmon, he rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s powerful enough to break tackles and quick enough that once he gets into space, he’s not getting caught. But what he showed at that one-day camp can’t be taught, and elite athleticism will always be valued highly.
The workout validated everything those around him knew he could do. At the time he was still a 3-star in the 247Sports composite rankings, but he made a believer out of Ohio State and earned a spot in the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2018.
“We see him run 4.3 (40-yard dashes) with his trainer on a Tuesday. We see him jump to get Elf on the Shelf off the highest shelf in our house,” his mom Emily said with a laugh. “For me, it was great for him to finally be able to show what he can do.”
And because he shined when it mattered most, he’ll now have a chance to show what he can do in Columbus for the next four years.