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What’s up with K’Vaughan Pope?
It appears the wait for a commitment from K’Vaughan Pope may go just a bit longer.
The country’s sixth-ranked inside linebacker per 247Sports was at Ohio State on Tuesday for the Buckeyes’ one-day recruiting camp. Spending both morning and afternoon sessions with linebackers coach Billy Davis and a handful of the camp’s top players at the position, he was excellent. He showed off above-average speed and quickness, an aggressive nature, and good hands. As I watch Pope, I see a Jerome Baker-esque player (with a similar 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame).
The vibe heading into this trip for Pope was pretty clear: He wanted to commit to Ohio State sometime in the near future, perhaps as early as Tuesday. From talking to people Tuesday, the Buckeyes really like the Virginia star as a player — and person — and I think he’ll be in this class sometime in the relatively near future.
Right now, expect Pope to head home to Dinwiddie, talk things over with his family and figure out the next move. Ohio State has a big lead here and if the Buckeyes want to bring in Pope, they will.
German wide receiver turns heads at Ohio State
It’s weird to say that you need to pay attention to a German football player and not be talking soccer, but that’s the case right now.
Zavier Scott has family ties to Ohio — both of his parents from the Buckeye State — but that family is a military family and is currently living in Germany. On Tuesday, he and a group of Europe’s best high school prospects made a stop in Columbus, the first of a handful of college camps they’ll attend.
The 6-1, 198-pound Scott ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash and opened the eyes of the Buckeyes and others.
“I talked to [Ohio State assistant coaches Kerry] Coombs and (Greg) Schiano,” Scott told Land of 10 following the camp. “Coach Coombs said they are officially recruiting and Coach Schiano was asking me about myself.”
Scott said he was confident he’d have a good camp.
“I came in telling myself that I was going to impress,” he said. “I was coming in to impress Ohio State. Ohio University said they’ll probably offer me.”
All glory to God! I'm blessed to receive my first scholarship from Ohio University!🙏🏽 Hard work pays off! pic.twitter.com/BObEfzdZBB
— Scotty 2 Hotty (@Zavier_19) June 13, 2017
This though, is where things get interesting. He just graduated from high school and could be eligible to play as a 2017 signee. But he says he’ll end up in the 2018 class as academic details gets sorted out. For now, he’s a 17-year-old spending much of June in the United States before heading back across the pond.
“I’ll be going to camps until June 23,” he said. “Then heading back to Germany. I’m hoping for a scholarship.”
Michigan will host the European group on Saturday.
Surprise visitors to Buckeyes’ Tuesday camp
When it comes to camp season, you just never know who is going to show up. Upon arriving at Ohio State on Tuesday morning, I was greeted by the site of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star defensive back Houston Griffith — in gold cleats and an IMG T-shirt, working with Coombs.
Griffith was at one point considered a top choice to join the Ohio State recruiting class, but in the last few months his recruitment has slowed down a bit. Notre Dame, Nebraska and others have picked up the slack and moved ahead as the perceived leaders.
“It went great,” Griffith told Land of 10 about the visit. “I’m narrowing down my final schools.”
The Ohio State visit had been in the works for a while.
“Coach Coombs asked to workout me out last year, but I couldn’t make it since I transferred to IMG,” he said. “He told me I’m the type of player he wants in his room.”
A midseason decision is expected from Griffith.
Ohio State also received a visit from Xavier Williams, a 4-star wide receiver from Florida who is currently committed to Alabama. Williams did not work out but spent a lot of time talking with Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith in the morning and also received a brief talk from Urban Meyer.
Other camp notes
Ohio State offered 2019 Huntington (W.Va.) offensive tackle Darnell Wright.
— Darnell Wright (@darnell_5232) June 13, 2017
He was one of a handful of big-time 2019 linemen in attendance, along with Zeke Correll and Doug Nester — each of whom had Buckeyes offers coming into the camp. Wright, 6-6 and 275 pounds, is just 15 years old and is expecting the Buckeyes to be a top school moving forward in his recruitment.
I’ll have more on the Tuesday camp in the Land of 10 forums later Tuesday night. Check back.