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5-star Friday on tap for the Buckeyes?
Wednesday night we mentioned that the Buckeyes were feeling really good about their chances with 5-star California offensive lineman Wyatt Davis. By this time tomorrow, they may have a commitment from him.
5⭐️ OT Wyatt Davis will make is college commitment this Friday 6/24 at 3:00 pm in SJB Football Office! pic.twitter.com/hNysFFvEob
— Bosco Football (@boscofootball) June 23, 2016
Davis is the country’s top-ranked offensive guard and 14th-ranked overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Multiple sources have indicated that this may be a two team race right now between Ohio State and Notre Dame, but the tea leaves are trending towards a Buckeye win.
My prediction? The Buckeyes will land Davis, a 6-foot-5, 310 pound St. John Bosco product, who visited Columbus for the first time last weekend.
Trevon Grimes and the Ohio State visit that wasn’t and why that’s totally OK
The satellite camp circuit has had its share of detractors, including some people at Ohio State if they’re being honest about it, but there are certainly benefits. The real perk, and the reason coaching staffs from schools all over the country attended camps despite kind of hating it, is the chance to work with players who have not been able to get to their campuses.
For the Buckeyes, last Thursday’s camp at Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School afforded them one of those opportunities with five-star 2017 wide receiver Trevon Grimes. Urban Meyer, his wide receivers coach Zach Smith and a handful of his other assistants were all over the Raiders’ campus getting up close and personal with Grimes and a handful of his teammates, many of whom also have Ohio State offers.
Still, it’s Grimes, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound freak at wide receiver, that was the main attraction.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) June 16, 2016
Following that camp, Grimes was expected to head north to Columbus with his mother and take a visit to Ohio State, a school that he’s listed as his top school for the last two years despite not stepping foot on campus since July 2014. That visit did not happen, but there’s no reason for Buckeyes fans to lose hope after another scheduled – and cancelled – Grimes visit fell through.
“It just really didn’t need to happen,” one South Florida source said of last weekend’s planned visit. “With Father’s Day and everything, the staff had just finished all their travel and camp, it wasn’t entirely necessary. Getting (Grimes) up next month, like maybe for Friday Night Lights, that’s probably more important. Especially since they’d just seen him the day before.”
Florida, Florida State and Alabama remain the biggest threats to Ohio State’s pursuit of the country’s fifth-ranked wide receiver.
Jamyest Williams hearing Apple comparisons, still thinking about Buckeyes
Another key player the Buckeyes were able to check in on last week during their satellite tour was Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) Top 100 defensive back Jamyest Williams. The country’s sixth-ranked cornerback was on hand for the Buckeyes camp at Central Gwinnett High School and he told Landof10 he really enjoyed the chance to work alongside Kerry Coombs and the Ohio State staff.
“I’d worked with (Kerry) Coombs before,” Williams shared. “It was cool. With them, it’s always strictly business.”
Working with Coombs helped the the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Williams get a read on how Ohio State could use him in their defensive plans. It also saw him draw a somewhat surprising comparison to a recent Buckeye corner who became a 2015 NFL first round pick.
“(Coombs) says I could be used in the return game, but on defense both inside and outside, like Eli Apple,” Williams said. “(Apple) is about 3 inches taller than me, but it’s the mentality and impact that we bring to the game.”
Williams visited Ohio State in early May with Buckeye quarterback commitment Danny Clark following Nike’s The Opening regional camp in Westerville. He’s not been everywhere that he’d like to visit, but he knows that the Buckeyes are still in the mix and he’s hoping to get back to Columbus soon.
“Ohio State is definitely in my top group,” he said. “I need to get my dad up to their campus. A visit this summer is a possibility.”
Ohio State the ‘Dream School’ for recent 2018 linebacker offer
Yesterday we talked about Dallas Gant, a 2018 linebacker from Toledo who picked up an Ohio State offer last Friday, and today we’ll discuss another that has, Winton Woods star Christopher Oats. Oats visited the Buckeyes last Friday but did not camp, opting instead for a guided tour around campus from his teammate, Ohio State 2017 defensive tackle pledge Jerron Cage. The offer from the Buckeyes – Oats’ sixth – was a dream come true for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete from Cincinnati.
“It’s great,” Oats said of getting the Ohio State offer. “I grew up in Cincinnati, but Ohio State is my dream school. I always just really liked watching them on TV. My mom is an Alabama fan, but I chose Ohio State.”
Despite being the dream school, Oats said there was no thought of committing to the Buckeyes on the spot.
“No, no thoughts of committing,” he said. “I’m going to see what’s out there a bit in recruiting.”
Right now Oats has offers from Michigan State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Cincinnati, and Kentucky to go along with the Buckeyes, showcasing him as a player that’s worth paying close attention to in 2018. The country’s 159th-ranked prospect has been taking his time getting to know the Ohio State staff and he’s enjoying the process. It’s those relationships that had him kind of “expecting” the offer from the state’s flagship program.
“I was expecting it, to be honest,” Oats said. “I talk to (Kerry) Coombs at least two times a week, and during the school year he would come down and see me at least once a week. I have really been able to build a strong relationship with (him) and (linebackers coach Luke) Fickell.”
Though he plays outside linebacker now, Oats’ frame may eventually turn him into a defensive end. Right now, though, he’s just worried about visits, not positions. He’s been to Michigan State and Ohio State and will make key visits across the country this summer.
“I’m visiting Oklahoma and Nebraska this summer,” he said. “I’ve never been to those places, so it should be interesting.”
Unheralded tight end prospect Torres rounding out major Midwest tour
South Bend 2018 tight end Anthony Torres has gone from unknown to unbelievably busy in the last few weeks. After an eye-opening performance at Ohio State, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Torres has visited Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State, where he camped Wednesday and Thursday.
The Buckeyes were the first to get a good look at the Penn High School product, but it’s Notre Dame, where his brother Austin plays basketball, that may ultimately be the school to beat – if the Irish offer, of course. His performance at Ohio State prompted Brian Kelly’s program to invite him to their “Irish Invasion” camp last weekend.
“Notre Dame was awesome,” Torres said. “It was a good experience and it was good to gauge where I stand with some of the nation’s best. I felt like I did well, but I thought I could have definitely done better.”
The Irish didn’t offer – Torres is still waiting on his first – but he thinks that opportunity could be coming his way down the road.
“They didn’t really say anything about an offer,” he said. “I think they will want to see film once I get some this fall. They said that they were glad I was able to make it and that they thought I did well.”
From South Bend, Torres headed to Michigan to visit the Wolverines. He said he spoke to the Buckeyes on his way to Ann Arbor.
“I called them on the way down to Michigan,” he said. “I talked to Tony Alford. We talked about Irish Invasion camp. I can’t wait to get back (to Ohio State).”
For a prospect that didn’t have a recruiting profile two weeks ago, Torres has become high-profile quickly. He’s had the chance to get coached up by the Buckeyes, the Irish and the Wolverines and has seen the difference not only in the programs, but also the men running them.
“I noticed (how different they are),” Torres said of the coaching staffs he’s been around lately. “Honestly, I don’t have a preference because I work well with each style. I enjoyed working with all of the coaches though. All the schools’ facilities are very nice, but each camp was different.”
When he was on campus with the Buckeyes two weeks ago, Urban Meyer – who isn’t unfamiliar with the lore and pull of Notre Dame – asked the tight end and his mother a simple question: “Is it worth it for Ohio State to recruit you?” Torres, who plans to be back in Columbus for Friday Night Lights on July 22, says the answer to that question has not changed.
“I’m keeping all my options open,” Torres said. “I’m going to go wherever the best fit for me, is. Sometimes I forget I’m only going to be a junior.”