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Ohio State is a school to watch for a standout Florida receiver
On Feb. 11, the Rivals network kicked off its annual Rivals Camp Series, presented by adidas, in South Florida. The Miami area always brings out some of the best talent of the year for any organization, be it Rivals, Nike, Under Armour or anybody else. Plenty of coverage has come out on a number of prospects, but one note in particular caught my eye.
Rivals.com Florida (the state, not the university) recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy and Southeast recruiting analyst Woody Wommack made predictions on several of the top uncommitted prospects in attendance at the camp, many of whom had Ohio State offers. In particular, the duo took a stab at predicting where 4-star Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep receiver John Dunmore would play his college football.
“This one is tricky,” they wrote. “Dunmore was once committed to Florida and would probably like to go there if all things are equal. The problem is, there’s no way of telling if that will be the case. Should the Gators take positive steps on the field under Dan Mullen, the relationship between Dunmore and the program can easily be rebuilt. If not, Miami, Georgia, Ohio State and others stand to benefit. Predicting the 4-star receiver to land at Ohio State is a longshot because he’s yet to visit the campus, but longshots sometimes hit. Urban Meyer often steals a top prospect from the state of Florida, and Dunmore could be next in line.”
Dunmore only recently received his Ohio State offer on Feb. 6, but the Buckeyes are already making a real impression on the 6-foot-2, 172-pound standout. Buckeye wide receivers coach Zach Smith has had a knack for pulling big-time wide receivers out of Florida, landing high 4-star prospects at the position like Trevon Grimes, Binjimen Victor, Torrance Gibson and Johnnie Dixon in recent classes.
The 247Sports composite has Dunmore ranked as the No. 152 prospect overall in 2019 and the No. 27 wide receiver in the class. The Rivals network, on the other hand, has Dunmore considerably higher, ranking him as the No. 58 prospect nationally. During the camp, he earned plenty of accolades and put on a show, capturing the wide receiver MVP award and earning the “play of the day” distinction for a ridiculous one-handed catch against his momentum on a comeback route.
Potter hauls in 2 big offers
Ohio State has been all over Mentor (Ohio) defensive end Noah Potter, doing everything in its power to keep the 4-star prospect at home in the state of Ohio. Potter is the No. 7 prospect in the state of Ohio and one of the country’s top defensive ends, impressing with his athleticism and physical frame at 6-5 and 250 pounds. Ohio State hasn’t quite been in the clear yet for Potter, as the Buckeyes have had to compete with the long list of teams who have offered Potter.
On Feb. 15, that offer list grew just a bit longer for Potter. He already had top-notch offers from programs like Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and eight other Power Five programs before this week, but Potter added two SEC powerhouses to his offer list.
Wow!! Thankful to receive an offer from the SEC champions University of Georgia!!!🔴🐶 pic.twitter.com/rx0A74kOvJ
— Noah Potter (@noah_potter10) February 16, 2018
Thankful to receive an offer from Tennessee!!!!🍊🔥 pic.twitter.com/LUfHdkjMH0
— Noah Potter (@noah_potter10) February 16, 2018
It would be surprising to see Potter leave Ohio to go play for any other program, at this point and I feel that the Buckeyes have a comfortable lead in his recruitment, but it does point even further to Potter’s quality as a prospect. Many of the top programs in the county would be excited to add the standout. Read more about Potter’s recent visit to Ohio State on Feb. 10 here.
Deloach arrives at Ohio State
As discussed in the Dotting the Eyes recruiting notebook Wednesday, standout Savannah (Ga.) Islands linebacker Kalen Deloach is expected to arrive at Ohio State on Feb. 16 for an unofficial visit. Although it’s a long trip up from Georgia’s coast to Columbus, Deloach will be able to spend time with his sister, who runs track for the Buckeyes, and other family members. Deloach has previously been to Ohio State alongside his sister, but this will be his first visit to Ohio State as a guest of the football program. Land of 10 has not yet confirmed Deloach’s arrival to campus, but he’s expected to spend much of the weekend on and around the Ohio State campus.
Deloach is a 6-1, 205-pound linebacker. His most notable offers include Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, Michigan, Auburn and Miami (Fla.). Deloach does not yet have a composite ranking, but 247Sports considers him to be a 4-star prospect, the No. 13 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 17 prospect in the state of Georgia.
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