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Sevyn Banks talks about potential visits
On Sunday night, we spoke briefly about Buckeyes commit Sevyn Banks and his potential desire to take an official visit to Maryland this season.
The Terrapins were the first school to offer the Jones (Orlando, Fla.) High School standout, and, prior to his commitment to Ohio State, considered Florida his “dream school.”
Banks, who will visit Ohio State for the Buckeyes home game against Penn State in late October, told Land of 10 he’s trying to figure out other potential visits. There’s Maryland, as we’ve said, but it may surprise you that Florida, where his brother plays, isn’t on his mind.
“Florida has kind of stopped reaching out,” Banks told Land of 10. “I’ve been hearing from Maryland, Bama and Florida State. They’ve sent me official offers, and that’s pretty much it. Other teams know that I’m done [with recruiting], but they sent them anyway I guess.”
Ohio State isn’t standing idly by. The Buckeyes have been working to grow their relationship with Banks and his mother, and her support means a lot to the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Under Armour All-American.
“Ohio State sends me and my mom mail,” Banks said. “They send me texts and her texts, all that good stuff.”
The country’s 27th-ranked cornerback says staying committed to Ohio State is easy for him, despite the attempted distractions, because he doesn’t have much pressure from those closest to him to stay home.
“It’s not hard when you have your mom and your closest family members striving and hoping for your excellence,” he said. “They’re not trying to persuade me to anything or anywhere I don’t want to do or go.
“They’re going to come along where ever I go.”
That’s almost certainly going to be Ohio State.
Ohio State, Penn State leading the Big Ten by a wide margin
On the field, most of the national football analysts expect the Big Ten’s Eastern division to come down to two teams: Ohio State and Penn State.
If that turns out to be the case, it could just be the start of a rivalry that seems to be getting close to becoming an annual fight for conference supremacy.
Penn State and Ohio State carry 27 combined blue-chip commits in @247Sports 2018 composite rankings.
Other 12 Big 10 teams have 23 total. pic.twitter.com/EUFiChzSXT
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) August 24, 2017
In this case, “blue-chip” recruits means a player ranked either as a 4 or 5-star prospect. Ohio State has seven fewer commitments than Penn State does, but has 14 of its current 16 commitments sitting in “blue chip” territory. That’s pretty good.
There are only a couple of spots left in the Nittany Lions’ recruiting class, but at least three of their top remaining targets look to be head-to-head battles with the Buckeyes. Which program will win out for players such as Jayson Oweh, Tyreke Smith and Rasheed Walker?
Get ready for an extended battle with the Buckeyes enemies to the East.
The ones you leave behind
Last January, Ohio State hosted eventual Florida signee James Robinson for an official visit. Robinson, from Lakeland (Fla.), is a talented, but troubled wideout who was cited for possession of marijuana on his visit and sent home to Florida prematurely.
When he arrived back in Florida, Robinson, using the power of Twitter to amplify his bad decisions, suggested it was a cultural issue at Ohio State that led to his citation.
It wasn’t. It’s a James Robinson issue. It was an issue before he visited Ohio State, after he visited Ohio State and it’s an issue again today.
— The Fulmer Cup (@TheFulmerCup) August 24, 2017
Ohio State was interested in Robinson because of his talent, but never aggressively pursued him until Tyjon Lindsey de-committed. Eventually, though he may not have the athletic ceiling Robinson does, Ohio State landed on Ellijah Gardiner instead.
Sometimes the most important players in recruiting are the ones you don’t land.
Trust your instincts, coaches.
Woodbey taking over for MaxPreps
Ohio State commitment Jaiden Woodbey and his St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) teammates have a monster game this weekend in Florida.
The Braves have traveled to Fort Lauderdale for a matchup with powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. The weekend’s game features two top-5 teams according to MaxPreps.com and will be televised Friday night (7 p.m. ET) by ESPNU.
Prior to the game, Woodbey will take another important responsibility: He’ll be in charge of the Snapchat account for MaxPreps.
Tune In 👀 pic.twitter.com/0heA2Vb416
— MaxPreps Football (@MaxPrepsHSFB) August 24, 2017
If you want to see what its like to be a top-ranked high school football team on the road thousands of miles from home, check it out.