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We’re just about two weeks away from one of the Buckeyes’ most important visits of the spring as 5-star DT Taron Vincent, rated the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation by the 247Sports composite rankings, readies for what will be his final recruiting stop before issuing a verbal commitment to either Ohio State or Florida State.
For Vincent, who last visited the Buckeyes more than a year ago, the trip is something he has been waiting for.
“I’m excited about the trip,” he told Land of 10 on Sunday. The reason? Because this visit will help him know, once and for all, where he’s heading to college.
“I think I’m ready,” the 14th-rated overall player in the Class of 2018 said. “I’ve really enjoyed the process and I’m just thankful I was able to experience it.”
To know if Ohio State will be what he’s looking for, the Buckeyes are going to be tasked with impressing him and his parents. He will also have a chance to reconnect with a pair of former teammates from IMG Academy during his stay — incoming Ohio State freshmen Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson.
“I’m looking forward to just seeing the whole academic aspect of campus and sitting down with the coaches and my parents,” he added. “I’m staying on campus with an old teammate.”
It’s all coming down to this: Buckeyes or Seminoles.
Master Teague — and maybe Trey Knox — to visit Ohio State soon
One of the country’s top running backs dropped a loaded top 12 list on Sunday and did so in an interesting fashion: He made sure to differentiate between the schools that have offered him and the schools he hopes eventually will.
— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) March 19, 2017
That is Tennessee’s Master Teague, who — besides having a pretty cool name — is the 17th-ranked tailback in the class of 2018. Out of Murfreesboro’s Blackman High School, Teague visited the Buckeyes at the end of October and says he’s been staying in steady communication with Ohio State over the last few months. That regular conversation has led to a soon-to-be-visit to Ohio.
“We talk weekly and they communicate daily with me,” Teague said of the Buckeyes. “(Running backs coach Tony) Alford continues to share what they are doing there at Ohio State and how I would be a good fit for Ohio State and how Ohio State is a good fit for me. I will be there March 30 through April 1.”
Teague’s game is reminiscent of 2017 signee J.K. Dobbins. He’s a 5-foot-10, 210-pound back who is both explosive and strong. Unfortunately for Teague, there’s already a J.K. Dobbins at Ohio State and a Brian Snead already committed for 2018. The Buckeyes also have 4-star athlete Jaelen Gill in the fold and he’s a potential tailback, as well. Numbers are not on Teague’s side, but he says he’s not interested in or worried about any other commitments.
“No sir,” he said when asked if he’d be reluctant to commit to a school with other running backs committed. He’s just looking to see what the Buckeyes can offer. “I am looking forward to seeing how Coach Alford coaches and learning the culture that they try to create for player development, academics and seeing where I would live and the rest of the facilities. I didn’t get to do much of that on my last visit.”
Teague will make the trip north with his family, including his parents and two younger siblings. He knows the Buckeyes are watching and they’ve been upfront with him about what they’ll need to see before making a scholarship decision.
“They want to see me during my spring practice,” he said. “They want to have me be there to sit in meetings and watch practice during their spring practice.”
When the 4-star prospect visited last, he made the trip with a 2019 teammate that has an Ohio State offer, WR Trey Knox. There’s no current plan for the 6-4, 190-pound wideout to accompany Teague this time around.
“I haven’t planned it yet,” Knox told Land of 10 when asked if he was coming north for this visit, as well. “I will talk to someone, though.”
Tyreke Smith heading back to see Buckeyes
Ohio State’s top defensive end target in the state of Ohio will be back in Columbus this coming weekend for another visit with the Buckeyes.
Ohio State this weekend ✊?❗️ O-H https://t.co/73lgOq9PPz
— Tyreke Smith™ (@T_23_baller) March 20, 2017
That is Cleveland Heights’ Tyreke Smith, who is just returning from his most recent visit — to Penn State — last weekend. Ohio State is the current 247Sports.com crystal ball leader but the Nittany Lions are not fading away from this battle anytime soon.
Last week, Smith told Land of 10 that he was not close to a decision.
“I have love for both Ohio State and Penn State,” Smith said. “But there’s love for many other schools and lots of visits that I need to take.”
Pennsylvania offensive lineman heading to Columbus this weekend
In February we introduced you to Butler (Pa.) 2018 offensive lineman Jake Kradel, who told Land of 10 at the time that he was starting to get familiar with the Buckeyes coaching staff.
“I‘ve talked to coach (Billy) Davis and coach (Greg) Studrawa,” Kradel told Land of 10. “It hasn’t been like every day, but here and there. I will be taking a visit there this spring. They said they all loved my film, but I think they want to see me in person to see what kind of person I am and how big I am.”
That spring visit is officially upon us. The 3-star offensive lineman out of Butler Area High School will be in Columbus this weekend for his first trip to Ohio State. He spent the last weekend at West Virginia and has also been to Pitt recently. He currently holds 20 scholarship offers and has added Virginia, Wake Forest, Purdue and Iowa State to his list in the last handful of weeks.