Ohio State recruiting notes: Texas defensive end Max Wright wants to see Buckeyes, 2018 tight end options and more.
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Max Wright wants to visit Ohio State
Ohio State doesn’t have a 2018 commitment yet but they are at the top of the list for a number of the country’s best prospects and are a popular destination for players from all over the country. One of those players is Max Wright, a 4-star defensive end from Katy, Texas, the country’s 54th-ranked prospect in 2018 and the third-highest ranked player in the Lone Star state.
“I was supposed to be heading to Ohio on July 10-13,” Wright told Landof10. “But right now I’m not sure I will be able to make it up there. The schedule is just not working out for me and my family.”
Wright, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound end, says that getting to visit Ohio State is something he considers a “must do” in his recruitment. Though he’s not sure when that will happen, he’s glad to have the chance to speak to the Buckeyes and wants to get to know their staff better.
“I’ve talked to Ohio State quite often since they’ve offered (in May). It’s Ohio State. They are a huge program with great tradition, success and coaches, so it’s such an honor and privilege to have an offer from them,” Wright said. “I’ve called (Urban) Meyer a couple times to talk to him. It’s pretty special and I am honored to be able to talk to him. I want to get on campus to visit with the coaches.”
Ohio State looking at a number of 2018 tight ends at Friday Night Lights
The Buckeyes are not going to take a tight end in the 2017 recruiting class and because of that you can be pretty sure they’ll dive deep into the position for 2018. To get a good look at the top targets in that class, you’ll need not look further than Friday Night Lights on July 22.
Ohio State should see a handful of players they’re very interested in that night in Ohio Stadium.
Of those three, only Gillian – a Pickerington, Ohio native – doesn’t have an offer, though it’s likely that with another big camp performance he’s likely to receive one. Ruckert has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Florida and others, emerging as one of the country’s top tight ends out of relative obscurity months ago. Kuntz is the top-ranked player at his position nationally and a 5-star prospect from Pennsylvania who will be able to name his school.
Friday Night Lights is shaping up to be quite a show in The ‘Shoe.
Wade reluctant to give up basketball but knows he’ll have to
On Sunday night, we reported that Ohio State 5-star commitment Shaun Wade has a difficult decision to make about whether or not to skip The Opening next week in Atlanta.
That is not the only difficult decision for the Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy star. Basketball, Wade’s first love, still calls and he’s still answering.
From SECCountry.com writer Zach Alboverdi:
“The spring of my freshman year, I got like five offers in one week. Ohio State, Clemson, a few others,” said Wade, who initially planned to transfer to a basketball school as a sophomore. “I sat back and was like, ‘Man, football is my blessing. I gotta somehow put that orange ball down.’ It was hard to grasp.”
Basketball is the reason Wade may miss The Opening and the chance to recruit for Ohio State – and continue to be recruited by Bama, Florida and others – but the country’s second-ranked cornerback is paying close attention to the work being done by Urban Meyer. He talked about the Buckeyes top-ranked recruiting class with SBNation.com over the weekend.
Ohio State will keep fighting the nation’s best – and that orange ball – all the way to January.
Blaine Scott still hoping to earn Buckeyes offer
Ohio’s second-ranked 2018 offensive lineman, Portsmouth East’s Blaine Scott, has had a very busy summer so far. He’s visited Duke, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State and more as he’s working to make a national name for himself. So far, it’s working: Scott has been offered at every stop he’s made except for one: Ohio State. He’s now got 25 offers and when it comes to the Buckeyes, he knows it’s just a matter of waiting.
“To be honest, I am just kind of playing a waiting game now,” Scott told Landof10. “I don’t mind to wait. They do say ‘Good things come to those who wait,’ so I have no problem doing that.”
Scott, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman who played center as a freshman for the Tartans but now lines up at tackle, camped at Ohio State in mid-June and came away feeling optimistic about where things stand with the Buckeyes.
“Camp at Ohio State was very good,” he said. “(Ohio State offensive line coach Greg) Studrawa had a lot of praise and we talked for probably 15-25 minutes back in the team meeting room after the camp. He talked like they would offer. I was told all I had to wait on was for (Urban) Meyer to watch my film from the camp. So we will see.”
Since the end of camp season, the Ohio State staff has had some time off so Scott hasn’t yet had that next conversation with the Buckeyes. It’s coming, though.
“I still haven’t contacted Studrawa since camp because I believe the coaches have been on vacation,” Scott added. “As far as Friday Night Lights goes, I am not sure yet if I’ll be there. I will be able to attend, I just don’t know if I will. I will take a day in July to go take an unofficial at Ohio State because Studrawa invited me to come and sit and listen and learn with him.”