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Ohio State offers Walker Culver in wake of official visit
After a relatively quiet trip to Ohio State, things could start to get much louder in the recruitment of 3-star offensive lineman Walker Culver.
Culver, who attends Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is a Colorado commit, made an official visit to Columbus last weekend. The visit ended with an official offer from the Buckeyes.
Awesome weekend in Columbus! Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer and the rest of the @OhioStateFB staff for an incredible visit. Honored to say I received an offer from Ohio State Today #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/eM5Eh9O64p
— Walker Culver (@WalkerCulver58) November 20, 2017
Since committing to Colorado one year ago Tuesday, Culver’s only other public visit has been to Auburn in the spring. Ohio State has two offensive linemen committed in 2018, but would like to add at least two more.
However, as attrition comes in a variety of forms following the season, the need to add linemen could grow beyond two, and someone such as Culver — with his 6-foot-6, 275-pound frame — is a good late option if he’s interested.
I’d suggest keeping an eye on this one moving forward.
4-star DB Tyreke Johnson trending to Buckeyes
Speaking of keeping an eye moving forward, it’s probably time to start really paying attention to Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy defensive back Tyreke Johnson and the Buckeyes.
On Monday morning, as Johnson’s weekend official visit to Clemson came to an end, 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions began to roll in … for Ohio State. Yes, that is a pretty unusual thing coming off a visit to another school.
Johnson, as we’ve said here before, wants to play cornerback in college and the former teammate of Buckeyes freshman Shaun Wade is talented enough for schools around the country, including Ohio State, to consider that. He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 4 safety prospect and a top-40 player overall, He made an official visit Ohio State when the Buckeyes took on Penn State in late October.
Since then, things have been moving slowly, but surely, in Ohio State’s direction. With the firing of Jim Mora at UCLA, another of Johnson’s favorites, its expected Ohio State will get another push of momentum.
There’s no timeline specifically for a decision, but one source I checked with believes that a choice could be finalized at the Army All-American game. If I had to pick a school today for Johnson, it’d be Ohio State. But he’s been a heavy lean to multiple schools in the past, and things could swing depending on who takes over at UCLA.
Emory Jones goes off in big win
Ohio State commit Emory Jones has played very big so far in the Georgia state playoffs.
On Friday, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in 2018 threw for 2 touchdowns, ran for 4 more and put up 340 total yards of offense to lead Heard County to a 41-28 win against Pepperell.
The folks at our sister site, SEC Country, were there for the game and put together an extensive highlight clip for your viewing pleasure.
For now, Jones — who committed to Ohio State in July of 2016 — remains the future at quarterback for the Buckeyes. But can they keep him in the mix for one more month?
2019 Florida safety talks Ohio State trip
Orlando (Fla). Lake Highland Prep 4-star prospect Briton Allen also visited the Buckeyes last weekend. The 17th-ranked safety in the Class of 2019 does not yet hold an offer from Ohio State, but said the trip to Columbus was memorable. As a Montreal native, the chilly weather in Ohio wasn’t bothering him.
“The weather was wild,” Allen said of the visit. “I went back out to the field with eight minutes left. The visit was sweet.”
Buckeyes running back coach Tony Alford handles Orlando-area recruiting and is the coach the 6-foot, 180-pound Allen has been talking with.
“I like Ohio State a lot,” Allen said. “I talk to Alford the most, almost every other day. I’m going to try and come back in the spring. I was really impressed by the love and the support from the staff. I spent a lot of time the day before and the day after with them.”
Allen currently has six offers, and says that he hears from Kentucky and South Carolina the most.