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Could a commitment be coming soon from Michael Tarquin after all?
If you’re looking for ways to truly gauge a player’s interest in a college football program, here’s a simple method:
Ask yourself, “Has this player and his family visited this school four times in the last five months, traveling for thousands of miles and spending thousands of dollar in doing so?”
If the answer is yes, then it’s fair to assume that the player in question is truly interested in said program. In the case of Ohio State, the player is Belleview (Fla.) 2019 offensive lineman Michael Tarquin. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Tarquin visited Columbus once again this weekend, his third-game day visit since September. In Dotting the ‘Eyes on Thursday, Tarquin told Land of 10 that he was making the visit in order to see how he’d like Midwest weather in late November. His answer to that question could be telling.
“The trip went great, I loved watching the Buckeyes dominate,” said Tarquin, who was in town from Friday through Sunday morning. “I liked the weather. I’m getting tired of the heat.”
The Buckeyes coaching staff made sure to spend time with Tarquin and his mother, who accompanied him on his visit.
“We hung out with the coaches before and after the game,” he said. “They just told me how they feel about me. And as always, I enjoyed my time with [Buckeyes offensive line] Coach [Greg] Studrawa and Coach [Urban] Meyer. It was a great victory.”
Coming into the weekend, Tarquin was committed to the idea of taking official visits in the spring of 2018 and then make a college decision. On Sunday, he backed off that a bit.
“I’m not sure yet,” he said when asked if his plan to make those spring trips was still on. “I’ll have to let you know.”
Breaking down the Jarren Williams visit
The most intriguing official visitor of the weekend was probably Jarren Williams, the 4-star quarterback from Lawrenceville, Ga.
I have not spoken directly with Williams about his visit, but have gotten some feedback from a few different people about his trip and the general consensus has been positive, but necessarily anything that moves the dial.
“He said he met with Meyer this morning,” Todd Wofford, Williams’ coach at Central Gwinnett High School, told Land of 10. “He said [Meyer] is a great coach. [The Buckeyes] explained the Emory Jones situation and told him [the Ohio State quarterback competition] would he wide open this spring.”
“The Emory Jones situation” is simple: Jones remains committed to Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are almost forced to operate as though he’s not, even if they’d prefer to just have all this stuff behind them. Williams, like Jones, wants to enroll at the college of his choosing in January, so either of them would be on campus to compete in Ohio State’s quarterback derby next spring.
Ultimately, the question around Williams, the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback per the 247Sports composite, is a simple one: Does his relationship with the Buckeyes staff (including an Ohio State satellite camp at Central Gwinnett) outweigh the “hurt” of being recruited by them only because their hand is forced by Jones?
The odds right now are that Williams ends up elsewhere, but he wouldn’t have visited Ohio State if he wasn’t at least giving the Buckeyes a chance.
Toledo commitment in wait-and-see mode with Buckeyes
Ohio State welcomed in Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban athlete Nate Bauer on Saturday, a 2018 two-way star for the Knights who is committed to the University of Toledo.
Bauer, a 3-star prospect who plays both wide receiver and defensive back, camped a number of times at Ohio State in the last two years. Despite his commitment to the Rockets in late July, he has been staying in contact with Buckeyes coaches, mostly Ryan Day.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Day here and there,” Bauer told Land of 10. “I talked to [Ohio State cornerbacks coach] Kerry Coombs after the game. The atmosphere was awesome.”
Hoban is playing in a third-straight state final four, taking on Avon this weekend. Bauer, who has a dozen offers, said the Buckeyes are telling him that, depending on how things shake out from now until signing day, he could get a longer look from them.
“It just depends,” Bauer said. “On what their numbers are looking like after the season.”