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Josh Proctor, Jaiden Woodbey talk about weekend, their place at Ohio State
This past weekend in Columbus was a good time for many, despite the ugly performance by the Buckeyes on the field.
Two Ohio State commits — Jaiden Woodbey and Josh Proctor — were among those in attendance, but neither player seemed particularly concerned about the 31-16 defeat to Oklahoma. Rather, it was just another chance to spend time getting to know people.
“I had a good time,” Proctor told Land of 10. “It’s crazy just knowing I’ll be in that atmosphere next year.”
Proctor is an Oklahoma native who is no doubt still feeling the pressures of a Sooners push, especially after Saturday. Still, he’s said his recruitment is over and doesn’t appear to be changing his mind. Woodbey, his future counterpart in the Buckeyes secondary, is in a similar position. Spending his fourth weekend of the year in Columbus, he continues to grow his relationships with the people who matter in Columbus. He also sees a path to the football field early in 2018 as safety Damon Webb will graduate.
“Things were great,” Woodbey said of his visit. “It always is. I’m thinking if I can learn the defense, that I can come into Ohio State and have a shot to start next year.”
The country’s third-ranked safety also told Land of 10 he is planning to graduate in December and enroll early at Ohio State.
“I am going to be back there in January,” Woodbey said.
Urban Meyer on Micah Parsons‘ tweet
We mentioned it briefly on Sunday night, but on Monday, Cleveland.com’s Bill Landis asked Urban Meyer — during his weekly press conference — about the infamous Micah Parsons tweet about replacing J.T. Barrett.
The question by Landis was simple: Can a recruit posting something critical of the football program on a visit lead to that player having their “standing” within the Buckeyes recruiting class impacted?
Meyer’s response was simple, too, but it didn’t answer the question.
“Sure,” Meyer said. “I was made aware of something and I let other people — I was made aware of it.”
The facts are that this situation isn’t black and white. The Buckeyes, like every team in America, are paying close attention to everything the kids they’re recruiting do. They know that teenagers are impulsive and immature, but they also expect that the kids they recruit possess a higher level of self awareness and maturity.
If Parsons were a 3-star prospect, his tweet almost certainly would’ve resulted in his removal from Ohio State’s recruiting plans. But he’s not. He’s a Top 5 player nationally and, if he can avoid shooting himself in the foot, is a player who has NFL talent. That’s why he’s being recruited in the first place.
We still live in a world (a sports world, anyway) where talent usually wins out. Parsons has talent, and he’s got a lot of it. That’s why Ohio State hasn’t stopped recruiting him in the past, and it’s likely why they won’t stop now.
Michael Tarquin loved Buckeyes visit, is stuck in Ohio
Hurricane Irma has affected millions of people. The life-threatening storm blasted Florida the last two days, and because of that, 4-star offensive lineman Michael Tarquin of Ocala, Fla., is stuck in Columbus for an undetermined period of time.
“I can’t fly back until Saturday,” Tarquin told Land of 10. “I don’t know how long we’ll be in Ohio.”
While he’s been in town, the country’s 19th-ranked offensive lineman took the opportunity to spend Saturday and Sunday with the Buckeyes.
“The game was awesome,” Tarquin said of his weekend. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but I loved it.
“[Sunday] I watched practice and went over film. I hung out with some of the players.”
With an end-of-season decision expected, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Tarquin has a handful of places he wants to see.
“I’m going to visit Miami, Clemson, South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida,” he said.