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With Master Teague in, is Zamir White out?
Let’s just cut to it: with the commitment of Master Teague III, there’s a pretty good chance Ohio State significantly lessened its chance of landing 5-star running back Zamir White. No, not because White is unwilling to compete, not because he’s not interested in the Buckeyes, but to become the third running back in a class at one school when the others you really like have zero committed, it’s just common sense.
Even though White’s decision is probably going to be Georgia when he decides on June 27, there’s zero chance Ohio State will stop recruiting him. He’s too good, too much of a difference-maker and too good of a fit for what Urban Meyer wants to walk away from.
Does that mean Brian Snead would be “out?” No. The consensus among those that matter is that he’s viewed as an “elite” player. They wouldn’t have offered Teague, and accepted his commitment two weeks before White’s decision, if they weren’t comfortable making that potential trade. The only way they land White now is if he decides to join a class with two other running backs.
What the future of the Buckeyes running back position looks like in 2018 is now a matter of two things. First, how many of the current players return following the 2017 season, and second, whether White wants to come with two other tailbacks already committed for 2018.
The push for Tyson Campbell continues
On Saturday, Ohio State sent a number of coaches to South Florida to visit the Florida International University. So did Alabama.
Because satellite camps are a real, real good time for recruiting players you want without having to get them to your campus to do it.
Among those players at FIU on Saturday? Two of the country’s best cornerbacks, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell. Campbell’s parents were in attendance, and the whole group spent a lot of time with Kerry Coombs and Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes have emerged as one of the leaders for both players, and every chance that Ohio State can see them, it will.
Right now, Campbell is firmly entrenched at the very top of the Buckeyes’ defensive back list.
Buckeyes commits, targets impress at Rivals 5-star Challenge
Repeat after me: Jaelen Gill is much better than people know. I said it last week, I’ll say it again.
This weekend in Indianapolis, Gill was one of the five Ohio State commitments in attendance at the Rivals 5-star Challenge and he apparently told BuckeyeGrove.com’s Marc Givler — a Rivals recruiting analyst — that he would win an MVP award.
Jaelen Gill guaranteed me yesterday that he would win MVP this weekend.
— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) June 11, 2017
Gill delivered on his promise.
— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) June 11, 2017
Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell listed Gill as one of his most impressive players, giving him the “fancy feet” award.
This goes to the prospect with the best footwork, regardless of position, and I’m going with Jaelen Gill. Not only was he excellent in drills and the cat-and-mouse drill, but he made people miss in 7-on-7, which is hard to do. His route-running flashed those excellent feet.
Tyreke Smith, a 4-star defensive end from Cleveland Heights High, earned MVP honors among defensive linemen. He too was impressed by Gill and said the Buckeyes commitment opened his eyes a little bit.
“I knew he was good,” Smith said of Gill. “I didn’t realize he was that fast. I didn’t know if he was still not at top speed when I saw him before because of his ankle.”
Smith said Gill also tried to make sure he knew he was wanted in Columbus.
“A lot of the offensive tackles and other players were recruiting me,” Smith joked. “Jaelen did too.”
Ohio State in final group for Louisville wideout
The Buckeyes may have made some big strides in their recruitment of wide receivers this weekend.
Ohio State hit a “home run” on the visit with Kamryn Babb on Friday. Babb’s teammate at St. Louis’ Christian Brothers College — Cameron Brown — camped with, and was offered by, the Buckeyes on Friday, which may have prompted his de-commitment Saturday from Nebraska. Ohio State has become the favorite to take him away from their developing Big Ten rival.
The Buckeyes also made the final cut for Louisville (Ky.) Trinity Catholic wide receiver Rondale Moore, a big-time talent from the Bluegrass State.
TOP 6 … 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/HUXcDSyU0H
— Rondale Moore (@Rondale_Moore03) June 9, 2017
There are a few things to watch here. First is if Moore returns to Ohio State this summer as expected. He’s an electric player with the ball in his hands and one of the country’s fastest prospects, but the Buckeyes would love a chance to evaluate him up close.
Beyond that, the issue for Moore is the same as they are for Brown: How many wideouts can they take? There’s L’Christian Smith, Babb, Gill (who is kind of a hybrid player of course) and a host of other names that want to play in Columbus.
How many can they take? Who wants in first? All things that bear watching over June and July.