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Top 9 schools coming for Ohio State’s top WR target, Kamryn Babb
Ohio State has had a pretty interesting 2018 recruiting cycle when it comes to the wide receiver position.
Right now, wide receivers coach Zach Smith has no commitments at his position, unless you’re counting Westerville (Ohio) South’s Jaelen Gill. Some do, some don’t, as Gill is a high school running back and could take a number of snaps in college at either position. There are no top targets at wide receiver in Ohio, unless you’re counting Huber Heights Wayne 4-star standout L’Christian Smith. “Blue” is a wide receiver for the Warriors but is a player that occasionally mentioned by recruiting analysts as a potential H-back/WR/hybrid and because of that, doesn’t get the recruiting attention he maybe should.
With Gill and Smith, the Buckeyes could eventually have two wide receivers, or they could have none.
That said, there’s been one constant in 2018 recruiting at this position and that is St. Louis (Christian Brothers College) 4-star prospect Kamryn Babb. The country’s seventh-ranked wide receiver has been at the top of the Buckeyes list for more than a year and on Monday night he shortened his recruiting list. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout named a Top 9 from his list from 30 offers, and the Buckeyes unsurprisingly made the cut.
— Kamryn Babb® (@kamm_o) May 30, 2017
It is no major shock that Ohio State made the list. The Buckeyes have all but one of the 247Sports.com “crystal ball” predictions for Babb (Missouri has the other), but they’ve not seen the country’s 41st-ranked overall player on campus since late November. That will have to change soon if Ohio State wants to hold off Michigan, one of the primary threats for Babb, and others.
Kalon Gervin picks Buckeyes visit date
A former Notre Dame commitment from one of Detroit’s top programs has set a date to visit Ohio State and he’ll do so with one thing on his mind: earning an offer from the Buckeyes.
“I’m going [to Ohio State] on June 17,” Detroit Cass Tech 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin told Land of 10. “Kerry Coombs wants to me work out and I’ll have a meeting with Urban Meyer.”
Gervin, the country’s 22nd-ranked cornerback, has camped with Ohio State before, but expects this trip to afford him a little more quality time with the coaching staff.
“I’ve camped there before,” he said. “But coach Coombs wants me to do a little more 1-on-1 stuff this time.”
Gervin – and his mother – will spend the rest of that Saturday afternoon on campus in Columbus, getting to know more than just the football side of Ohio State. The Buckeyes have three current players from Cass Tech High School, could Gervin be the next?
Jayson Oweh cutting his list already
One of the fastest-rising prospects in the country has narrowed his list to ten schools.
Jayson Oweh, a 3-star defensive end who is due for a serious ratings boost in the near future, has found a handful of schools he’ll be watching closely moving forward.
— Clout J (@JaysonOweh) May 28, 2017
Right now, it’s the Penn State Nittany Lions that are probably the team to beat, but Ohio State is aggressively turning up its pursuit in an attempt to close that gap. The Buckeyes will get their visit from the country’s 14-ranked strong-side defensive end this summer, though exactly when that is hasn’t yet been determined. On June 9, Ohio State begins its summer camp sessions and if possible, that day may make the most sense for Oweh, because Notre Dame is hoping to see him in South Bend on June 10 for its Irish Invasion camp.
Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr. and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano have each been to Blairstown (N.J.) in May as the Buckeyes work to grow a relationship with Oweh. He was offered on May 16, so things are likely to move quickly from here.
Micah Parsons top seven or eight or nine
Finally tonight, 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons released his list of seven, or eight or nine schools that he’s still considering and as you’d expect, Ohio State made his list as well.
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) May 27, 2017
A former Penn State commitment from Harrisburg (Pa.), Parsons has been a regular at Ohio State in the last six months and the Buckeyes are widely considered the team to beat in his recruitment. There’s a long way to go before signing day – when he intends to make a final decision – and a number of schools that aren’t perceived (yet) as viable threats haven’t had a chance to put their best foot forward. Miami, Florida State and Alabama are likely to play a part in this final decision before things move too much further ahead and if Nebraska can find a way to get their brand involved, that’s going to be worth watching too.