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Tyreke Johnson to take official visit to Ohio State
You can add Jackonsville (Fla.) Trinity Christian 4-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson to the big recruiting festivities in Columbus this weekend. Johnson confirmed his visit with Anna Hickey of 247Sports.com.
4-star DB Tyreke Johnson details his interest in Clemson ahead of next month's official visit (VIP) https://t.co/nyBMWbOlzK
— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) October 25, 2017
Johnson, the 4th-ranked safety in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite, is a former teammate of Buckeyes freshman Shaun Wade. He visited Columbus last November with Wade for the Ohio State home game against Nebraska. Since then, he’s shown little public interest in the Buckeyes, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have interest. He told Dawgnation.com’s Jeff Sentell that his visit to Ohio State last year was the best visit he’s been on, and his familiarity with Wade – a person he basically views as family – is worth noting.
Also worth noting is that Johnson’s athleticism could allow him to play cornerback or safety in college. His frame (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) fits the Buckeyes’ preference at cornerback quite nicely. He’s been closely linked to Georgia for some time, and the Bulldogs – along with Florida, UCLA and Clemson – have been on the radar for a while.
With Johnson on the official visitors list, here’s who I am expecting to join him in Columbus (on official visits) this weekend:
- QB • Emory Jones • Franklin, Ga. • Committed to Ohio State
- RB • Brian Snead • Seffner, Fla. • Committed to Ohio State
- WR • Kamryn Babb • St. Louis, Mo.
- OL • Jackson Carman • Fairfield, Ohio
- DL • Taron Vincent • Bradenton, Fla. • Committed to Ohio State
- DL • Tyreke Smith • Cleveland Heights, Ohio
- DB • Sevyn Banks • Orlando, Fla. • Committed to Ohio State
- DB • Tyreke Johnson • Jacksonville, Fla.
That list is likely to change between now and Saturday.
A little bit on the Max Wray situation
As mentioned on Land of 10 earlier Wednesday, Ohio State commit Max Wray and his brother Jake, a top 2020 recruit, have left the football team at Franklin (Tenn.) High School.
The Wrays’ father, Sam, issued a news release about his sons – who will be in Columbus this weekend to see the Buckeyes – and the issues that led to this unfortunate situation.
“This situation arose because we, as a family, became increasingly concerned that the coaching staff has created an environment in which players’ health and safety is not the first priority,” the family said. “We expressed to the school administration our concern that the culture was creating a perverse incentive for players to conceal injuries, including in particular concussions.”
Last weekend, with their status on the team up in the air, and as coaches, parents and administrators tried to find a solution, the Wrays watched their team from the stands as the Rebels won their second game of the season.
There is just one game left for Franklin. Max will be heading to Ohio State in January. What happens with Jake, whether he returns to Franklin or looks for another program to finish his high school career, is up in the air. What is not up in the air is their status with the Buckeyes: neither Max’s commitment to Ohio State nor Jake’s recruitment by the Buckeyes will be impacted by this situation.
John Olmstead eager to check out Buckeyes
Metuchen (N.J.) 4-star OL John Olmstead has been talking with Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa for months, and this weekend he’ll finally make a visit to Columbus.
“Coach Stud says he’s really excited to get me out there,” Olmstead told Land of 10. “We’ll get there Saturday morning, my dad and me, and we’ll leave Sunday night.”
For Olmstead, the country’s 16th-ranked tackle in the Class of 2019, it’s a chance to see two of the schools he’s most seriously considering.
“I’m definitely just looking to see the environment on game day,” Olmstead said. “How the coaches react in game situations, stuff like that. I can’t wait.”
Olmstead saw the Buckeyes in New Jersey earlier this season when he visited Rutgers for its home game against Ohio State.
Class of 2020 on deck?
The Buckeyes are going to host a lot of big-time talent this weekend, but one of the more intriguing storylines could be the Class of 2020 standouts in attendance.
On Wednesday, Bryan Bresee, the No. 1-ranked player in that class, confirmed on Twitter that he will be in Columbus. Bresee, a defensive end from Damascus, Md., is high on Ohio State and he’ll get a chance to meet 2020 quarterback Jack Miller, the Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) star who will head to Columbus on Friday with his offensive coordinator, Tim Kohner.
Bresee and Miller are two of the country’s premier sophomores and both have previously included the Buckeyes at or near the top of their lists. Jake Wray, mentioned above, is close with Miller and there’s at least an outside shot that the 6-4, 210-pound quarterback could make a college decision this weekend.
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