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Georgia defensive back has Buckeyes on top
Spring break in Columbus is over and the Ohio State football program is going to be turning full steam ahead toward summer. That means things are probably going to heat up pretty good on the recruiting trail, as well. Last week, we talked about players such as Georgia’s Michael Harris and how close he may be to committing to the Buckeyes … but he’s hardly the only player out there that’s nearing the finish line. In fact, there may be another player in The Peach State thinking about an Ohio State commitment sometime soon.
“Ohio State is my front-runner,” McDonough’s Tre Douglas told Land of 10 on Sunday morning. “I talk to Kerry Coombs and Urban Meyer.”
Last summer, Buckeyes 2018 quarterback commit Emory Jones listed the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Douglas — the nation’s 28th-ranked cornerback and a 4-star prospect per 247Sports — as one of his primary recruiting targets. That effort may be on the verge of paying off.
Of course that leads to the next question: how high on the Buckeyes’ board is Douglas, who plays at Eagles Landing Christian Academy? Ohio State will be a top choice for a number of big-time defensive backs and so it’s hard to know exactly how they stack up. What Douglas has working in his favor is his size (the Buckeyes love big corners) and his relationship with Jones, a 5-star prospect and one of the ringleaders in the Buckeyes 2018 class.
“He’s on me pretty hard,” Douglas said of Jones. “He makes sure that Ohio State is always in (contention) when it comes to committing.”
Douglas holds 32 scholarship offers and visited Ohio State this past November for the Buckeyes monster win against Michigan.
Taron Vincent has date for Buckeyes visit
Ohio State’s top target at defensive tackle has set a date for his next visit to Columbus.
Taron Vincent, the country’s highest-ranked 2018 defensive tackle, will visit the Buckeyes at the end of March.
“I’ll be there March 29,” he told Land of 10. “I’m excited about the trip.”
So too, you’d assume, is the Ohio State coaching staff. The Buckeyes have been at the top of the list for Vincent for much of the last year but a recent string of visits to Florida State — and the Seminoles’ run of success recruiting defensive linemen Ohio State covets — has changed the tone just a bit. This trip for Vincent, which he says is likely to be his last before making a college decision, will be the chance for the Buckeyes to seal the deal on a major player at a major position of need in the program.
As I see it, if it took Florida State three visits to level up the game against the Buckeyes, I think you have to consider this a positive for Ohio State. The longstanding relationship Vincent has with Larry Johnson carries a lot of weight here and that’s not going anyway anytime soon.
One of the country’s best freshmen is set to visit Ohio State
There are still three seasons of high school football ahead for Damascus (Md.) DL Bryan Bresee, but the 6-foot-4, 260-pound freshman already has a handful of scholarship offers to his name.
“I have five offers right now,” Bresee told Land of 10. “From Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Purdue. It’s very exciting getting so much attention as a freshman. I knew I had a good freshman year but I wasn’t sure it’d be like this.”
Ohio State, too, has taken notice.
“Ohio State reached out to one of my coaches,” he said. “I’ll be going up there April 10. I’m going to try and see how the coaches coach, and just to see how I’d fit into their program.”