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Ohio State offers standout Texas WR
Ohio State has shown a serious commitment to recruiting the Lone Star State in the 2019 recruiting class. After the success of quarterback J.T. Barrett and the excellent 2017 recruiting cycle in which the Buckeyes landed Baron Browning, Jeff Okudah, and J.K. Dobbins, they’ve gained significant clout in Texas. On Thursday, Ohio State extended its latest offer in Texas to 4-star West Mesquite wide receiver Dylan Wright.
Wright already holds scholarships from the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Nebraska, Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon and several other Power Five programs. But that did little to dampen Wright’s interest in the Buckeyes or his excitement about the offer.
“I was really happy about the offer because I always had dreams about that school. I used to watch J.T. Barrett in high school,” Wright said. “I like that Coach Zach Smith is really a real dude and also that their head coach used to be a wide receiver coach. Coach Meyer loves wideouts.”
Ohio State wide receivers coach and recruiting ace Zach Smith has already paved the way for strong relationships with Texas receivers Theo Wease and Garrett Wilson, among others, and he seems to be on the right track with Wright. Despite a mishap early in the recruitment, Wright has quickly grown fond of Smith, Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s program.
“It’s funny, Coach Smith actually had the wrong number the whole time. He was texting my mom’s number, but when he finally got a hold of me, we’ve grown really tight,” Wright said. “We got real close in only like two days.”
It’s early in Wright’s recruitment, but he’s hopeful to see the Columbus campus in the near future.
“Yeah, I’m trying to visit up there. I’m gonna talk to people about it whenever I get home,” Wright said.
On Wednesday, Ohio State offered another wide receiver in the 2019 class. Jake Smith, a junior at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep and 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite, added an offer from the Buckeyes to a list that includes Alabama, Texas, Penn State, UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State, and a number of other programs. Smith was unavailable for comment.
Tyler Friday and Javontae Jean-Baptiste discuss Buckeyes
Over the last several days, we’ve extensively discussed Ohio State’s efforts with New Jersey defensive linemen Tyler Friday and Javontae Jean-Baptiste, two of the most serious candidates to join the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class before the second signing period in February. Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman spoke with both prospects Thursday regarding their interest in Ohio State and other programs. Jean-Baptiste is newer to the scene, but still a key recruit down the stretch
Tyler Friday: “For Ohio State, Coach [Larry] Johnson and I think Coach [Greg] Schiano is also coming to see me on Friday,” Friday told Friedman. “Hopefully it’ll be an atmosphere where we can just talk and discuss where we are with the process. I have a really great relationship with them. I feel really comfortable with the coaches and we talk pretty much every day. Ohio State has a lot of familiar faces there. I took two visits there so I have a good relationship with them. I’ve seen a lot of their commits and I feel like it will be a great class. We could do something very special and build our own legacy at the school if I do end up going there.”
Javontae Jean-Baptiste: “At Ohio State, I think I’d be used as a pass rusher and help get pressure on the quarterback,” Jean-Baptiste said. “From watching them play, I can see that their defensive ends are very versatile. I should be going up to Ohio State next weekend. I’m not sure what to expect from the visit, but I’m sure it’ll be great. I know Coach Johnson is excited.”
Top 2019 QB Bo Nix commits to Auburn
He was a long shot to play football at Ohio State, and the Buckeyes coaching staff can cross off one prospect from the 2019 recruiting board at quarterback. Pinson Valley (Ala.) product Bo Nix, the country’s No.2-ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class, committed to Auburn over offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and a slew of others. Nix’s father and coach, Patrick Nix, played at Auburn and his sister attends the university. It was always expected that Nix would end up at Auburn, but it’s news nonetheless.
Nix’s commitment to Auburn means that six of the country’s top eight quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting class have made commitments, including three who held offers from the Buckeyes. Look for Ohio State to pursue dual-threat options such as Grant Tisdale from Allen, Texas, and Max Duggan from Council Bluffs (Iowa) Central as the recruiting cycle moves forward.
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