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Kerry Coombs and Zach Smith check out American Heritage
On Tuesday night, Ohio State cornerbacks/special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, along with wide receivers coach Zach Smith, were in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., watching the American Heritage High duo ranked No. 4 (Campbell) and No. 1 (Surtain, Jr.) at cornerback according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
While on campus watching the Patriots, the Buckeyes extended a scholarship offer to a third player at American Heritage, 2018 DE Andrew Chatfield.
— Andrew Chatfield⛽️ (@Drewdrew_400) May 24, 2017
Chatfield visited Ohio State in April with his defensive back teammates, after months of somewhat tepid communication with the Buckeyes. Upon seeing him in person, though, Ohio State offered. LSU is currently the favorite to land the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end.
The Buckeyes didn’t stop there. Ohio State also offered DT Nesta Silvera, a 3-star prospect who is committed to the University of Miami.
— Nesta (Jade) Silvera (@NJS_ERA) May 24, 2017
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) May 24, 2017
It had to be quite a scene on the sidelines on Tuesday night as the Buckeyes coaches were met by counterparts at Florida State, Miami, Alabama, and LSU, each of whom was at Heritage to watch the same handful of players. Campbell is reportedly the top defensive back on the board for the Crimson Tide and Hurricanes. His exact “spot” on the big list for the Buckeyes is unknown, but there’s little doubt (with their aggressive recruiting approach this spring) that they regard him as high as or higher than anyone in the country. That includes his teammate Surtain and 5-star Houston product Anthony Cook.
With four different defensive players offered in the same place, you can expect the Buckeyes to have a regular presence in Fort Lauderdale, even more than normal (since, you know, St. Thomas Aquinas is there, too).
Micah Parsons adds big prep honor
One of the country’s top high school football prospects is also one of the nation’s best overall athletes.
5-star defensive Micah Parsons, a Harrisburg (Pa.) star on the gridiron and the hardwood, is also a member of the school’s 4-x-100 relay team on the track. His participation in, and the wild success he’s had, in each sport is why Parsons was named Male Athlete of the Year by PennLive.com during a banquet on Tuesday night.
There wasn’t much Micah Parsons didn’t do in his junior season at Harrisburg. After joining the Cougars in the middle of the football season after transferring from Central Dauphin, he helped lead Harrisburg to a District 3 title and its first appearance in a state title game. But his work wasn’t done. On the hardwood, Parsons proved to be a bruiser down low, using his strength to snare rebounds and finish through contact to help the basketball team win the District 3, 6A title. He’s also a member of Harrisburg’s 4x100m relay team headed the PIAA championships this weekend.
If there’s one thing that the Buckeyes — and Urban Meyer specifically — love it’s an athlete who is able to do multiple things in multiple sports.
Right now, things are still very positive when it comes to the Buckeyes’ pursuit of Parsons, the country’s third-ranked overall 2018 prospect. But the strength of their bond will be tested this summer. Parsons is expected to make a handful of trips around the country, including to Alabama and Florida State, and those programs have a way of finding themselves squarely in the mix for any player they covet. That’s why they’re two of the Buckeyes’ biggest rivals on the recruiting trail.
Ohio State offers a new 2018 defensive tackle
The Buckeyes continue to love the state of Georgia.
On Wednesday, Meyer’s program offered a fast-rising defensive tackle prospect from Liberty County High School in Hinesville, the alma mater of former Buckeye LB Raekwon McMillan and 2017 Georgia signee Richard LeCounte III. His name is Tramel Walthour.
Blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/pfMuYbPWbR
— Tramel Walthour (@WalthourTramel) May 24, 2017
That offer was quickly followed up by scholarship offers from Auburn and Arkansas. The Buckeyes became the 11th offer for Walthour, but they may be a bit too late to make a major dent in his recruitment: Georgia offered a week ago and the Bulldogs are going to be hard to beat.
“He’s a strong Georgia lean,” one source in Georgia shared with Land of 10 on Wednesday. “Ohio State wants to get him up to visit this summer, he doesn’t need to camp, though. They just want to show him what they have to offer to hopefully get in the game. Someone is going to have to show him that their school would be a better fit than Georgia.”
The Buckeyes offered Walthour sight unseen, which is rare for Ohio State these days. They’ve seen film, and photos, but didn’t make a trip to Liberty County this spring and the evaluation period ends on May 31, so if Larry Johnson and Ohio State want to begin shaping a relationship here, they will need to do so quickly.