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Has Ryan Day found his J.T. Barrett?
Ohio State has had its Class of 2018 quarterback committed for almost a year. Because of that, new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day has had a welcomed head start when it comes to 2019 recruiting. Because of Emory Jones’ commitment, Day can work ahead and compile some serious evaluations of the 2019 and 2020 classes.
On Tuesday, Day offered his third quarterback in the 2019 class — 4-star prospect Grant Tisdale from Allen, Texas. The fourth came Wednesday, when he offered Colorado’s Luke McCaffrey, the younger brother of 2017 Michigan signee Dylan.
Blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University! ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/eyGcVcLU3q
— Luke McCaffrey (@mccaffrey_luke) May 10, 2017
Former Buckeyes assistant Tim Beck was mostly responsible for the addition of Jones, so it will be interesting to note who becomes Day’s first quarterback in Columbus.
Tom Herman’s first Ohio State quarterback was a young man out of Wichita Falls, Texas, named J.T. Barrett. According to the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Tisdale, Day believes there are some relevant comparisons between the Lone Star State quarterbacks.
“[Ryan Day] said I reminded him of J.T. Barrett,” Tisdale told Land of 10. “He said I was very impressive. I talked to him last week or so when he came up to the school to watch practice.”
As a sophomore, Tisdale threw for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns and ran for almost 200 yards and 3 scores in limited time. He’s set to take the reins at one of the country’s most prestigious high school programs. Ohio State has his attention because it’s the type of place he’s used to: a big-time school.
“It feels great,” he said when asked what an Ohio State offer means to him. “This is one of the top programs in America. I haven’t been up there yet, but from what I’m told, Ohio State has the best fan base in America.
“It has a great tradition of winning and has been held to a high standard for a long time.”
When Barrett leaves Ohio State after the 2017 football season, he’ll hold nearly every Big Ten quarterback record. The Buckeyes system is very alluring to a player like Tisdale.
“I love the system they run,” Tisdale said of the Buckeyes offense. “I feel like it’s a great system for me to excel in. I could do great things in it.”
Xavier Peters continues to impress, wait
Xavier Peters, one of Ohio’s top 2018 prospects, was in North Carolina on Sunday, working on the football field for the first time in a few weeks after an ankle injury that prevented him from participating in Nike’s The Opening regional camp in Cleveland.
He was, as always, physically imposing. More importantly, he was able to showcase his talents and earn an invitation to The Opening Finals, which will take place at the end of June in Oregon.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) May 9, 2017
With 28 offers and counting (including an offer from USC on Wednesday), the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Peters is probably Ohio’s best prospect without an Ohio State offer. The Buckeyes have zero commitments at linebacker, but they are the favorite to land Toledo St. John’s 4-star Dallas Gant (who announces his decision next Tuesday) and are in a tight two-team battle for 5-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell.
Until Ohio State knows where it stands with Mitchell, it’s unlikely to move too much on any other linebacker, including Peters. There are some rumors that Peters’ academic issues need to be cleared up, so that does afford the Buckeyes staff a little time to evaluate more thoroughly.
The bottom line on Xavier Peters? He can play and he can play at Ohio State. I believe if he handles his business off the field, regardless of the Buckeyes’ success at linebacker, he’ll be in the 2018 class.
Zach Harrison is a freak
There’s a chance we’ve not talked about Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) Orange 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison enough over the last few months. However, I think it’s time we begin to remedy that by mentioning this crazy-impressive athlete developing just outside of Columbus.
Picture this: Zach Harrison is 15 years old and he’s just shy of 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. He’s got the grades to be drawing interest from Stanford.
Now picture this:
— OOHS Pioneers Track (@OOHSTandF) May 6, 2017
That time is blistering, in case you’re wondering. That’s part of the reason why Harrison already has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, and USC — and why he’ll have his choice of any school in the country by the time Signing Day 2019 rolls around.
M.J. Walker, two-sport star at Ohio State?
Over the weekend, Ohio State hosted a talented 5-star basketball prospect from Lithia Springs, Ga., on an official visit.
His name is M.J. Walker and he’s a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard at Jonesboro High School. It just so happens that the country’s 25th-ranked 2017 basketball prospect is also a pretty talented football player.
MJ Walker has played exactly one season of football in the last four years. Everyone agrees he’s one of the most coveted shooting guards in America. That’s why it was especially strange when Walker went to school one day last year and got a startling bit of news: Jim Harbaugh and Michigan had just offered him a football scholarship.
Michigan isn’t the only school trying to lure Walker to its basketball program with the promise of a chance to play football. A report from Tim Thomas of Techlunchpail.com, a Virginia Tech-devoted web space, says that the Buckeyes are one of those teams offering that opportunity.
From what we are hearing, Ohio State is looking into giving him the opportunity to play both basketball and football for the Buckeyes with Walker being previously highly recruited as a football recruit as well with offers from schools like Clemson, Michigan, Florida, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, UNC, and Duke before shifting his focus to basketball full time around his junior year. We are also hearing that Virginia Tech is not considering that dual-sport athlete option at this point though that definitely could change.
A source told Land of 10 on Tuesday that the Ohio State basketball program has not talked to the football program about Walker.
With numbers already tight at wide receiver, it is very unlikely that Urban Meyer’s program would entertain the notion of bringing aboard a half-time player in 2018.