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Ohio State going camping in Texas
After the success it had with the class of 2017, it’s no surprise Ohio State is trying to take advantage of recent recruiting inroads.
With virtually every major Texas program slumping in some form last year, the Buckeyes pulled five recruits — including a pair of 5-stars and a JUCO transfer who was formerly a 5-star — out of the Lone State State. But with former Buckeyes assistant Tom Herman now at Texas, the recruiting trail could get tougher for out-of-state schools.
Ohio State is making sure it retains a presence there, though, and will be joining a satellite camp at Texas Southern in June.
Ohio State and Arizona are partnering with TSU Football to find the best talent in H-Town!! pic.twitter.com/c9piYHGBAW
— Tom Anthony (@CoachTomAnthony) April 20, 2017
The camp appearance is notable in part because most of Ohio State’s pulls have come from the Dallas-Forth Worth area as opposed to Houston, where the camp will be held. However, the Buckeyes are in the top 10 for Houston Lamar 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook. This camp will give Cook the opportunity to be coached by the Ohio State staff.
Cook visited Ohio State for the spring game, but given the distance, the Buckeyes certainly would welcome any opportunity to get face time with the talented athlete.
ESPN 300 released, altering composite rankings
ESPN released its new ESPN 300, a list of the top prospects in the country for the class of 2018.
The network is not as high on some of Ohio State’s recruits as the other three major sites. Here’s where the Buckeyes’ seven commits rank in the new list:
- No. 12: DT Taron Vincent
- No. 23: QB Emory Jones
- No. 38: S Jaiden Woodbey
- No. 65: OT Max Wray
- No. 74: ATH Jaelen Gill
- No. 165: S Josh Proctor
- No. 169: RB Brian Snead
The new list meant some changes in the 247Sports composite rankings, which combine the ratings of 247, Scout, Rivals and ESPN. Here’s the status of each of those seven commits in that formula.
Taron Vincent ★★★★★
Overall: No. 13
Position (DT): No. 1
State (Fla.): No. 1
Emory Jones ★★★★
Overall: No. 27
Position (QB): No. 2
State (Ga.): No. 4
Jaiden Woodbey ★★★★
Overall: No. 30
Position (S): No. 3
State (Calif.): No. 5
Jaelen Gill ★★★★
Overall: No. 32
Position (ATH): No. 2
State (Ohio): No. 2
Max Wray ★★★★
Overall: No. 57
Position (OT): No. 4
State (Tenn.): No. 3
Brian Snead ★★★★
Overall: No. 65
Position (RB): No. 4
State (Fla.): No. 15
Josh Proctor ★★★★
Overall: No. 86
Position (S): No. 7
State (Okla.): No. 2
Basketball Buckeyes welcome official visitor
With basketball’s second signing period in progress, Ohio State is hosting a 4-star shooting guard.
Edwardsville, Ill., native Mark Smith is the No. 16 shooting guard and No. 74 overall player in the 247 Sports composite rankings for the class of 2017. He’s already visited Michigan State and Illinois this month, and the Buckeyes will soon get their shot at him.
2017 G Mark Smith will decide sometime after his Ohio State visit this weekend, his dad tells me. Illinois visit went well.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 21, 2017
Landing him would appear to be a long shot for a couple of reasons, however. Michigan State and Illinois are both better positioned to land him heading into the visit. Even if that changes, his soaring stock is bringing some big hitters into play.
He may also visit UK and Duke, his dad tells me. https://t.co/lkV3UoY2px
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 21, 2017
It’s always conceivable that Ohio State could muscle out Illinois or Michigan State if things break right. Doing the same to Kentucky or Duke is another matter.
Graduate transfer has Ohio State in top 6
Even if Smith doesn’t end up in Columbus, all is not lost.
Guard Cameron Johnson, a graduate transfer from Pitt, told ESPN that Ohio State is among his top six teams.
Pitt grad transfer Cam Johnson told ESPN his top six are: Kentucky, Oregon, Ohio St, UCLA, Arizona and TCU. Averaged 12 ppg this past season
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 21, 2017
Unlike most graduate transfers, Johnson graduated in three years and has two years of eligibility left. The 6-foot-8 guard averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Panthers this past season.
Johnson is one of two graduate transfers being recruited by Ohio State. Howard’s James Daniel will visit the Buckeyes on May 14.