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California dreamin’ at linebacker
On Wednesday night we profiled one nationally recruited linebacker that has major interest in Ohio State (Georgia’s Michael Harris), and today we’ll go across the country to California to look at another one.
The Buckeyes have been very interested in Solomon Tuliaupupu, a 4-star prospect out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana (Calif.) for some time, and player 247Sports ranks as the country’s No. 3 inside linebacker is returning the favor.
“Yes sir, we’ve been staying in touch,” the 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior told Land of 10. “I’ve been talking to (head coach Urban) Meyer and (new linebackers coach Billy) Davis. He’s a great guy. They’re both great people.”
Tuliaupupu recently told Rivals.com ($$) that the Buckeyes are one of the programs he’s hearing from the most and he says he’s hoping to make a visit to Columbus sometime soon.
“I’m not entirely sure about a visit,” he told Land of 10. “I want to try and make a summer visit and an official visit (to Ohio State) is almost definite.”
A decision from Tuliaupupu isn’t expected until late in the process.
Buckeyes visit No. 2 set for Teradja Mitchell
Speaking of big-time linebackers and potential visits to Ohio State, Virginia’s Teradja Mitchell told Land of 10 he’ll be heading back to Columbus next month.
“I’ll be there April 8,” Mitchell said. “Just coming with my family.”
Mitchell, the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker in the class of 2018, last was in Columbus in late November and watched the Buckeyes’ thrilling double-overtime win against Michigan. This time around, the atmosphere should be quite a bit different and that’s perfectly fine with the 6-foot-2, 232-pound prospect from Virginia Beach’s Bishop Sullivan Catholic.
“The last time I visited,” Mitchell told Land of 10, “it was only for The Game. This time I plan on checking out everything. The two major things I’m looking at is talking with the coaches and seeing how I can fit in their system — and then I want to check out the business program.”
Mitchell is one of many linebackers getting familiar with Davis. Mitchell says he’s got a “good” relationship with the Ohio State linebackers coach right now, but clearly face time on campus will go a long way toward making it even better. He also wants to spend some time reviewing the Buckeyes’ roster and depth chart.
“I know they signed two linebackers (in the 2017 class),” he said. “I’m not really sure how many they want (for 2018). That is something I will discuss with them when I get there.”
Ohio State is one of the top schools in contention for Mitchell but he’s got some big visits on the docket. He’ll start those trips next week.
“I’m visiting LSU next week,” he added. “I’m trying to set dates for Florida State and Clemson right now.”
Anthony Cook to Ohio State? Some folks believe it
Eventually, we’re going to see Meyer square off with Tom Herman for one of the country’s top prospects. That may be coming sooner rather than later and that player is likely to be Houston Lamar High CB Anthony Cook.
The nation’s second-ranked cornerback has not been shy about his early affection for the Buckeyes and because of that, some of the folks at Rivals.com are going on a ledge and predicting that Meyer and Ohio State will win that battle with the Longhorns.
The latest: Cook has been a recent visitor to Texas, Clemson, and made a stop by LSU following his appearance in the Rivals Three Stripe Camp event Sunday. All three schools are considered to be among the highest in his presumed top group, but he’s also strongly considering Ohio State, where he said he plans to visit this summer. He’s yet to name an official top 10, but is planning on graduating early, so more clarity should be on the way.
Prediction: Ohio State. The Buckeyes get the nod in large part due to his relationship to recent 5-star OSU signee Jeffrey Okudah, but Clemson sounds like it could be a close second.
If you’re a Buckeyes fan (and I presume you are since you’re reading this) that prognostication has got to make you feel good. Cook will enroll early at the college of his choosing, so like Okudah, his good friend from Texas, the timeline is a bit accelerated. That means less time to make an impression but also less time needed to hold off the hard-charging ‘Horns, Tigers or anyone else. There’s been some discussion that Cook may make his first visit to Ohio State for the Buckeyes’ spring game on April 15. If he does, it would go a long way toward making this bold prediction from Rivals come true.
If you remember, Baron Browning (another Texas standout and a 5-star prospect in the Ohio State 2017 recruiting class) didn’t make his first visit to Columbus until May of 2016, so an April visit would put Cook slightly ahead of that timeline.