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A third visit to Ohio State this season for 2019 OL Michael Tarquin
Why would a 4-star offensive lineman from Florida in the Class of 2019, who has already been to Ohio State twice this season, decide to come back a third time?
Well, because Michael Tarquin is pretty serious about his interest in the Buckeyes. Oh, and because this weekend Mother Nature will drop temperatures and freezing rain in Ohio Stadium, and believe it or not, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Tarquin and his mother want to experience it.
“We just want to experience the weather,” Tarquin told Land of 10 when asked why the game against Illinois on Saturday was chosen as the backdrop for trip No. 4 since June. “I hope I like it.”
If he likes 40-degree temperatures, whipping wind and a steady rainfall, you could be excused for questioning Tarquin’s sanity, but this is what you do when you’re very interested in matriculating from Florida to Ohio for college. So with four trips to Ohio on his family’s dime since June, the question has to be asked (again) of the country’s 151st-ranked 2019 prospect: Will you consider a commitment to the Buckeyes this weekend?
“No,” he said flatly. “I feel like I have to finish the process.”
Tarquin has also visited Miami and Clemson this season. He expects to take advantage of the NCAA recruiting rules and take his official visits next spring before making a commitment.
Buckeyes offer another former Tennessee commit
If you’ll allow me to, may I suggest that the Buckeyes’ “Wolves” alternate jerseys have permeated their recruiting mindset?
Ohio State smells weakness in Tennessee and has made it a priority to recruit Volunteers commits/former commits. On Wednesday evening, they did that again, offering Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar athlete Shocky Jacques-Louis.
Blessed to have received an offer Ohio St. University pic.twitter.com/bDfmJhpxgc
— Shocky Jacques-louis (@ShockyMVP) November 15, 2017
(That’s an incredible name, for what it’s worth.)
Jacques-Louis is a 3-star athlete who is being recruited by Ohio State as a wide receiver. He was offered by Zach Smith, the Buckeyes’ sixth-year wide receivers coach.
“Coach Smith offered me,” Jacques-Louis told Land of 10. “We’ve been talking for about a week.”
As mentioned, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete was committed to Tennessee before re-opening his recruitment Nov. 12. He’s made an official visit to Michigan State and is planning a trip to Ohio State as well.
“I might come this weekend,” he said. “I don’t know yet. Maybe December.”
The visit will likely be in December, and while it’s unfortunate to miss the gameday experience, the extra time and individual attention a new prospect can receive during a visit in December can turn into a positive.
Outside of Ohio State and Michigan State, Jacques-Louis is also considering Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri and Michigan. He’s basically starting over in his recruitment and is looking for a chance to play early.
“I’m looking for a family feel in the environment,” he said when asked what he’ll be looking for in his eventual landing spot. “People who I could feel comfortable around. People who will help out if I need help.
“Redshirting would be a concern, too, because I’m not trying to. But, you know if I have to, I will.”
Cooper Mays adds an Ohio State offer
While we’re talking about former Tennessee commits, Ohio State offered Cooper Mays, a 2020 prospect who is the younger brother of 5-star 2018 prospect Cade Mays. You may recall that Mays previously was committed to the Volunteers — he’s a Vols legacy — and made an official visit to Ohio State last weekend.
— Cooper Mays (@CooperMays) November 15, 2017
The offer to Cooper, his third, came as the result of a recommendation from his 5-star sibling.
“My brother told them about me,” Cooper told Land of 10. “He showed them some of my film, and they liked it a lot, I think.”
The younger Mays, 6-3 and 250 pounds, also has offers from Georgia and Tennessee. He did not visit Columbus with his brother and has yet to see Ohio State in person.
Buckeyes commit Antwuan Jackson‘s unique path to Ohio State
You’re probably aware of the circuitous path that Antwuan Jackson took to his Ohio State commitment, but it’s a story worth hearing again, I think.
Especially in his own words.
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) November 16, 2017
Jackson, who was named MVP of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference on Wednesday, will arrive in Columbus in January. He hopes to make as big an impact for the Buckeyes as he did with the Blinn College Buccaneers.
“It is a great honor, and another thing for me to put on my résumé and build off of,” Jackson said. “This was my number one goal coming here, and hopefully I am a first-team All-American, too.”
Jackson recorded nine sacks for 60 sack yards, forced three fumbles, and totaled 64 tackles.
With Tracy Sprinkle, Michael Hill and maybe Dremont Jones all on their way out of Ohio State, the Buckeyes will need an inspired Jackson right away.