Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes, and for a glimpse at what’s coming next.
Jalen Preston hoping for an Ohio State offer
In the 2017 recruiting cycle, Ohio State went to Texas and signed five of the Lone Star State’s best players. Now, the biggest names in Texas are reaching out to them. The latest to express interest in the Buckeyes is 4-star wide receiver Jalen Preston, the country’s fifth-ranked wideout in the 2018 class.
“Yes, sir, I reached out to them,” Preston told Land of 10. “(I was) just asking them if they have interest in me. I showed them my highlight tape and they loved it.”
Preston, 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, has been communicating with Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
“We get along well,” Preston said of his early communication with Ohio State. “I like the past receivers that went there and how successful the coaches made them. I try and model my game after Michael Thomas.”
Texas has a handful of the country’s best Division 1 programs and Preston is willing to consider going out of the state.
“I am going to go wherever the best place is for me,” he added.
Kalon Gervin hearing from Buckeyes regularly … waiting for offer
Ohio State failed to land any Detroit Cass Tech products in the 2017 class but Kerry Coombs continues his work at the school. One player that he’s speaking to regularly is defensive back Kalon Gervin, a 4-star prospect who does not have a Buckeyes offer to date.
“Coach (Coombs) has been hitting me up every day,” Gervin, who added a Notre Dame offer his list on Monday, told Land of 10. “He’s just talking about Ohio State and how it could fit me.”
Whether or not Ohio State fits Gervin is irrelevant if he doesn’t land a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. Maybe Kerry Coombs forgot that he doesn’t have an offer?
“He knows I don’t have an offer,” Gervin replied, laughing. “The last time I asked him, he said I was close to getting it. I’m going to have to ask again.”
Billy Davis, Ohio State expanding 2018 linebacker search
Recruiting is interesting when you’re really paying close attention. There may not be a position in the 2018 class that Ohio State has a better “feel” for than linebacker. The Buckeyes are in great position with 5-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, 4-stars Dallas Gant, Christopher Oats and Adrian Jackson and they’ve got a couple of nice talents close to Columbus in Brian Asamoah and Cade Kacherski waiting on offers.
So, you’d think that there was some semblance of security at the position while they wait to see which players of their top group could be potential commitments. Right? Nope.
Tuesday, Ohio State offered two more 2018 linebackers. The first was Erie (Pa.) Mercyhurst Prep 3-star Jesse Luketa, who committed to Penn State on Friday.
Thankful to have received an offer from Ohio State ??️#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bUrvlK2LYC
— Jesse Luketa (@OttawasVeryOwn) February 7, 2017
Luketa is a native of Canada playing football in the U.S. He told Land of 10 on Jan. 27 that he felt the Buckeyes would be offering soon, and he was right. New linebackers coach Billy Davis was at Mercyhurst and spending time getting to know Luketa, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker. He isn’t likely to waver from the Nittany Lions, but the Buckeyes have thrown their hat into the ring to try to change his mind.
Just a few hours after offering Luketa, Payton Wilson also picked up an offer from Ohio State.
— Payton Wilson (@payton_wilson21) February 7, 2017
Who is Payton Wilson?
He’s a 3-star linebacker from Hillsborough (N.C.) Orange High School and the country’s 36th-ranked outside linebacker. Physically, he’s very similar to 2017 signee Pete Werner, standing in at a lean 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. Wilson has 18 scholarship offers, including (now) Ohio State and Auburn, which also offered on Tuesday morning. Alabama offered in late January but as of right now, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech have emerged as the teams to beat in his recruitment.
We’re getting our first taste of what Billy Davis the recruiter will look like as he extends his first scholarship offers. The real work, building and winning relationships, begins now.