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Ohio State, Florida State remain for Taron Vincent
The Buckeyes are going to go, once again, head-to-head for the country’s top-ranked defensive tackle with the Florida State Seminoles.
Florida State won the last round, besting Ohio State and the rest of the country for Texas 5-star Marvin Wilson in the 2017 recruiting class. Now, the Garnet and Gold are hoping to stave off the Scarlet and Gray in the chase for 2018 prospect Taron Vincent, a 5-star prospect and the No. 14 player in the nation, per 247Sports.
News broke on Wednesday that 5-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent was deciding between Florida State and Ohio State, and the IMG Academy prospect spoke to Campus Insiders confirmed it.
Vincent, who’s originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is the son of former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent.
The 5-star recruit is ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 7 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class. He made the trip to Tallahassee on Feb. 25 for the Seminoles’ junior day. He hasn’t made a visit to Ohio State since last summer when he attended a recruiting camp, but that trip to FSU was sandwiched by two trips to Clemson. He attended the Tigers’ junior day on Jan. 28 and unofficially visited again last weekend.
It’s been a while since Vincent visited Ohio State. His most recent trip to Columbus was last summer, but he plans to be back in Ohio this spring with both his mother and his father. That trip is almost certain to be his final campus visit before he makes a college decision.
This one may very well come down to the D-line coaches, Ohio State’s Larry Johnson vs. Florida State’s Odell Haggins. Can Johnson even up the scoreboard?
Jack Sanborn breaks down recent Buckeyes visit
Lake Zurich (Ill.) 4-star LB Jack Sanborn was expected to visit Ohio State the weekend of Feb. 17. But a family matter led to the cancellation of that visit, much to the chagrin of the nation’s 12th-ranked 2018 inside linebacker according to 247Sports.
“Because of family reasons,” Sanborn told Land of 10 on Feb. 16, “I will not be making it over to Ohio State. I will in the future sometime.”
That “sometime” wasn’t too long in the future. The 6-2, 210-pound Sanborn made the trip a week later.
“I visited on the 24th of February,” he said Tuesday. “It went well. I had a chance to sit down and talk with all the coaches except (head coach) Urban Meyer. He was out of town for a charity (The Buckeyes Cruise for Cancer).”
Ohio State is not one of the 13 schools that have offered Sanborn, but they are continuing to get familiar with him and his family.
“The Buckeyes really like me,” Sanborn added. “We’re just building more of a relationship. I sat down and talked with (linebackers coach Billy) Davis for about an hour, and then did the same with (offensive line coach Greg) Studrawa. My mom and I had a good time and we really liked the campus.”
There’s at least at a tentative plan for a return trip this spring.
“They talked to me about coming back for a spring practice and told me that they will be over at my school in April two times,” he added. “I don’t have anything scheduled yet. I probably won’t take any other visits for a couple of weeks.”
CJ Moore lists Buckeyes among top 6
Ohio State has made the cut for 247Sports’ 19th-ranked wide receiver in the Class of 2018.
Top 6?? pic.twitter.com/JgLFA6TEPP
— ?CJ Moore? (@daddydimes35) March 8, 2017
That is Tulsa, Okla., 4-star prospect CJ Moore, one of the nation’s premier “big” receivers at 6 feet, 5 inches and 175 pounds. Moore visited Ohio State for the Buckeyes junior day at the end of January, his second trip to Columbus since November.
Ohio State is heavy on the trail of a number of receivers for 2018 and Moore will likely remain one of them.
Tavion Thomas adds another big offer
The long list of suitors for Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar 2018 athlete Tavion Thomas continues to grow. On Wednesday, the 6-2, 225-pound Thomas added an offer from LSU, bringing his total to 23.
The Tigers are a program that has caught Thomas’ eye, according to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman:
“My coach just told me that I had an LSU offer,” Thomas told SEC Country. “My reaction was just: ‘Man, man, man, man, man. This can’t be real, coach!’
“It’s a blessing,” Thomas said. “I’m sure that there’s a lot of talent down south, so for them to even look at my film says a lot. I’m really in shock.”
The whirlwind month for Thomas has been a chaotic mess, but something he’s not taking for granted. He’s visited Ohio State and Alabama recently and will return to Columbus to see the Buckeyes again next weekend.
“I am going up there next weekend,” he told Land of 10. “For a scrimmage. It’s been a crazy month, but it’s a blessing.”
Ohio State has offered Thomas, the state of Ohio’s ninth-ranked player according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.