|Buckeye Sam Hart Tight End from Aurora Colorado|
Tight End Sam Hart from Cherokee Trail HS recently committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes for 2021. His quick commitment is somewhat of a surprise as 2021 prospects could not talk to schools until September 2020. "Why Wait, it feels right to commit to Ohio State." he told reporters when making an announcement. Hart is the 15th ranked TE in the country, 4th in Colorado overall. He had 22 scholarship offers including Penn State, LSU, Oregon, and Notre Dame.
When it came to committing he called coach Tony Alford and said he was ready to be a Buckeye. Then he called tight ends coach Kevin Wilson and head coach Ryan Day. Everyone was "super pumped up" Hart said.
Sam Harts College Visits
Hart has taken two visits to Columbus, one during the Penn State game. He was recruited by Kevin Wilson (TE coach) and Tony Alford (who handles the Colorado area). On the most recent visit, his family drove around Columbus and liked everything there is to do. He thought the campus itself was beautiful. Hart hasn't met any kids from 2021 yet. But he did meet a 2022 tackle prospect on campus. He liked Roosters near Ohio State for a meal choice. His high school coach is from Ohio State and recommended the spot.
What Sam Hart Liked about the Buckeyes
The coaches at OSU stood out and talked to him a lot during his recruitment. No other school talked to him as much as Ohio State. And It felt like home when he was on campus. He likes that the room at Ohio State for TEs in 2021 is wide-open. He also feels that he will get to player early if he works hard. Even with a 2nd Tight End in the same year class he can get on the field.
He felt Ohio State was a better fit than Notre Dame, that OSU would make him a better person and football player. He also liked that TEs from Ohio State go to the NFL even though they don't get too many passes. OSU Tight Ends learn blocking and the full role in an offense he reported.
|1/7/2020 2:05:45 PM|
|Jacolbe Cowan as the next great Buckeye Pass Rusher|
Ohio State football already had one of the top 2020 recruiting classes in the country, and just a couple weeks ago they added to it by recruiting Jacolbe Cowan, a 4-star defensive end. You might say the rich got richer. Cowan was a highly sought after senior, and his commitment makes him one of now 23 recruits for Ohio State's 2020 season.
Jacolbe Cowan is in his senior year at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Cowan stands at 6'5'', weighing 262 pounds. He's ranked by 247Sports as the No. 163 overall prospect and No. 15 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 7 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina. He's been a quarterback's nightmare, racking up 10 sacks last year as a junior, and quickly recording three this year in his first four games.
He will be joining Cincinnati Princeton defensive tackle Darrion Henry and defensive end Ty Hamilton from Pickerington Central. This trio will give Ohio State substantial depth up front.
Jacolbe Cowan chose to make his announcement on the corner of his high school's football field following Providence Day's loss to Arden Christ School. He even had a video presentation prepared to go with his announcement. Cowan was recruited by Kevin Wilson, the recruiter for his area, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson. He will play the position of defensive end.
RCS CLT: Jacolbe Cowan interview
|10/25/2019 3:32:52 PM|
|Everything About Ohio State Power Forward Recruit Zed Key|
Zed Key, a 6'7 215 pound power forward from Glen Head New York committed to Ohio State on September 22. Key, who attends Long Island Lutheran High School, is the 2nd commitment for the 2020 class for head coach Chris Holtmann. Key is considered the 185th best player overall and the 37th best power forward in the class of 2020 by 247 sports. Key chose the Buckeyes over Florida, Cincinnati, and Illinois among others. Key's commitment did not come as a huge surprise as Ohio State was the only school Zed traveled to for an official visit. Prior to his commitment Zed had unofficially visited Florida, St. John's, Virginia Tech and several other east coast schools.
Zed Key and the NBA Top 100 Camp
Key played this summer on the Adidas Circuit with the New York Jayhawks averaging 13 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting an impressive 62.4% from the field. Key does not have a 3 point shot as he attempted just 4 over the 13 games played (making 1), but he does show a nice touch from the free throw line for a big man making 28 of his 38 attempts (73.7%). It was his performance at the NBA top 100 camp in June that reportedly really got the Buckeyes attention. In a small sample size of 4 games, Zed scoring stayed about the same (13.5 points), but he upped his rebounding (6.5 rebounds) and especially his blocks (2.5 per game). While you have to again not the small sample size that ability to be a force on the defensive end in addition to his efficient scoring had to make Key that much more of an attractive target for Coach Holtmann.
Keys Official Visit to Ohio State
The Buckeyes have told Zed that they envision him playing the 4 and the 5 when he takes the floor in Columbus next fall. The Buckeyes view Key as a physical post presence, but also let him know that playing the 3 (small forward) is a possibility if his outside shot improves. I think that is unlikely as most big men coming to school want to play on the perimeter, so this is probably a case of telling a recruit something they want to hear in addition to what they need to hear. Expect Key to play exclusively at the 4 and 5 during his tenure at Ohio State and for most of his offense to come within 15 feet of the basket. The coaching staff and the basketball facilities stood out as major positives for Zed during his visit to Columbus and were major factors in his decision to become a Buckeye. Zed's parents were impressed with the family atmosphere around the Buckeye program which added to their comfort in having their son commit to a school further from home than many of his other options.
|10/9/2019 3:01:06 PM|
|What Cody Simon Had To Say About Ohio State|
Cody Simon is a four-star offensive linebacker who committed to Ohio State this summer. According to 247Sports, Simon is 6'1", weighing 218 pounds. He is currently in his senior year at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, NJ. Simon ranks as the No. 155 prospect in the country, the No. 10 outside linebacker, and New Jersey's No. 4 overall prospect.
Simon announced his commitment by tweeting: "After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to attend The Ohio State University!! I am grateful to now be able to focus on my team and our success for the 2019 season."
With St. Peter's, Simon had 89 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses, and 4.5 sacks. Ohio State now has the No. 5 recruitment ranking for 2020, and Cody Simon is a big part of that, as one of seven four-star players who've committed to join.
What Options Did Simon Consider Other Than Ohio State?
Reportedly, 17 schools were pursuing Simon, and he narrowed his top three down to Penn State, Nebraska, and Ohio State, notably all Big Ten programs. Cody's brother Shane plays for the Fighting Irish, so everyone expected Notre Dame would make him an offer. If they did, it was assumed he would be impossible to get, so recruiters weren't wasting their time. When it became clear that Notre Dame wasn't pursuing Simon, the top football programs lined up to recruit him, among them Ohio State's Jeff Hafley.
Why Ohio State?
Apparently Simon's Relationship with head coach Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley was on of the factors that made him choose Ohio State. Of Ryan Day, Simon reportedly said: "One of the things I like about [Day] is the way players talk about him when he's not around. I've only heard good things about him, and how much of a team guy he is. They really like him, and that really speaks to his character and how he is since his players talk about him with such a high opinion. That's what I like about him. He's a great guy and he's a team player. I just really enjoy him."
Simon also highlighted Ohio State's style of play as a key factor in his decision: "What I like about Ohio State is they're aggressive. They let their linebackers be athletic and make plays, and that is really what I like to do and play hard and be aggressive."
Cody Simon: Buckeyes commit excited by new defense, Ohio State future
|10/3/2019 2:14:02 PM|
|Demetrius Meechie Johnson on Committing to Ohio State|
Ohio State's class of 2021 just got a big boost by getting a verbal commitment from local high school junior Meechie Johnson. OSU was at the top of Johnson's list of potential schools as they had offered him a scholarship before he played a single game of high school ball. ESPN ranks Johnson as the 40th best prospect and 2nd best in the state of Ohio.
Bio - Meechie Johnson Lebron James
Johnson is 5-11 and 160 pounds and plays combination guard. He projects as an NBA point guard. He is the son of Meechie Johnson Sr. who played for OSU assistant coaches Ryan Pedon and Terry Johnson in his collegiate career. Meechie is also the nephew of Garfield Heights coach Sonny Johnson. Johnson Jr. played his first 2 years at Garfield Heights before transferring this season, his junior year, to the International Sports Academy located in nearby Willoughby, OH. Johnson is often referred to as "nephew" by NBA star Lebron James as Johnson's father and James grew up balling together. Lebron has been seen at Garfield games alongside fellow NBAers Dwyane Wade and JR Smith.
Other Scholarship Offers
Johnson had received offers from several other schools: Local schools included Cleveland State, Miami of Ohio, and Youngstown State as well as the Big-10's Indiana, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Other schools included the University of Miami and Florida. His only official visit was to OSU
ESPN Scouting Report
Varying sites have Johnson listed between 5-10 and 6-3. He is a scoring machine having averaged 23.0 points per game as a sophomore and dropping a 50-spot against the 4th ranked local team in just his 2nd game of high school ball. He has never played below the varsity level in high school. He'll be sitting out his junior year at the International Sports Academy while recovering from an ACL injury suffered in March of this year. ISA is prep school where basketball is played year-round. ISA enables players to play 5 years although Johnson remains committed to play for OSU in 2021.
|9/23/2019 3:05:32 PM|
|Michael Drennen Visits Florida State|
Michael Drennen is contemplating his options while many still feel he is headed to Ohio State. Kentucky is also a favorite. He is considered the 5th best all-purpose running back for 2020. Ohio State currently has one 2020 commit for the backfield. Last season for Dublin Coffman he got 927 all purpose yards with 14 touchdowns.
The 5'11" 195 lbs. running back from Dublin Ohio visited Florida State last week in a little bit of a surprise. After the visit to Florida State, Drennen reported that he would be returning for an official visit.
Florida State offered him a scholarship in January. He really enjoyed the people at FSU this past weekend. His father and uncle were with him on the visit, with his father being responsible for setting up the event. He did not get a chance to meet the head coach, Willie Taggart, while in Tallahassee.
Friday Night Lights in Gainesville
Drennen also visited the University of Florida while in Florida last weekend. He got an offer in the spring on a similar visit. He met with four members of the staff who like his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make moves in the open field.
|8/8/2019 2:57:31 PM|
|Four-Star CB Clark Phillips III Headed to OSU in 2020|
Highly recruited four-star cornerback Clark Phillips III has committed to Ohio State University's football team in 2020, and will bring even more depth to an excellent recruiting class. Phillips attends La Habra High School in California, and he also lines up at wide receiver on his high school team. His excellent technique and ball skills will be an asset to a 2020 OSU recruiting class that looks stacked in the secondary.
Who did Phillips Consider?
Phillips was recruited by OSU Co-Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach Jeff Hafley. Cal and OSU were the front-runners from the beginning, but Notre Dame and USC were also in consideration. He was offered by numerous Power Five programs, but Phillips only visited Cal and USC. In the end, the chance to play for former 49ers Secondary Coach Jeff Hafley at OSU was too good of an opportunity for Phillips to pass up. He committed to OSU shortly after his June visit to Columbus.
Ohio State 2020 Class
The 2020 secondary class for Ohio State is shaping up to be a strong one, with Clark Phillips III at CB, and four-star safeties Lathan Ransom and Lejond Cavazos patrolling the field and providing protection for Phillips. Ransom and Phillips even took their official visit on the same day, and this played a part in them both selecting the Buckeyes shortly thereafter. With luck, this off-field friendship will translate to on-field performance for these two highly touted members of the 2020 freshman secondary.
What Does Phillips Bring to OSU?
Phillips is best known as island defender who can lock down his receiver in man-to-man coverage, and should help the Ohio State defense despite numerous changes to their defensive coaching staff. Phillips will bring an elite athleticism to the position, and his quickness and explosiveness allows him to play in the slot when needed, or as the nickel cornerback when the situation calls for it. Despite playing WR in high school, he isn't expected to see any time on the offensive side of the ball at the next level.
Phillips III has average size at 5'10" and 178 pounds, and solid but unspectacular straight line speed, with a 4.54 time in the 40. However, he possesses excellent technique and physicality, and an unbreakable competitive spirit. His time catching passes has helped him develop excellent ball skills and solid hands, which gives him an edge on 50-50 balls and will allow him to make some interceptions that less sure-handed CB's wouldn't be able to come up with.
|7/17/2019 1:11:23 PM|
|Getting to know Cameron Martinez|
Cameron Martinez is one heck of a prize for the Buckeyes. A Player who can excel at multiple positions. But there is a lot left unanswered about this newest 4-Star recruit to call Ohio State home. So let's breakdown why he choose OSU and more importantly where he might play.
CAMERON MARTINEZ HAD HIS LIST OF SUITORS.
29 scholarship offers in fact.
- Notre Dame
- Boston College
- Florida State
- Penn State
- Michigan State
And, oh yeah, MICHIGAN.
He also visited Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa State, Kentucky and the aforementioned Penn State.
HE GREW UP A MICHIGAN FAN AND HAD DREAMS OF DONNING BLUE
"I think it was definitely hard, being in state, being from Michigan. Michigan and Michigan State were always schools I thought about playing for and dreamed of playing for growing up-- So it's definitely hard, but just the way the process was going. But thinking about it, it was definitely a sacrifice not playing in state and going out of state to a program that is going to be playing those teams."
BUT HE WANTED TO BE A BUCKEYE.
Though Ohio State was one of the last teams to offer him a scholarship, it's what OSU offers beyond the field of play that lured Martinez to become a Buckeye. "I think a lot of it was life after football It's what a lot of people don't know." Martinez recently said. "That coaching staff really puts you in position to be successful not just on the field but of the field." It seems Cameron Martinez is looking to join the "O" Hall of Fame.
WHAT POSITION WILL HE PLAY?
Though very successful as a QB in High School, rushing for 1500 yards and 24 TD's on a 140 carries and throwing for 481 yards and 9 more touchdowns, he will probably play on the other side of the ball at Safety. But that won't stop OSU at lining him up at WR, HB, RB and CB where he had success in the past. The Buckeyes coaching staff must feel like a kid in a candy store.
THERE HAS BEEN CONFLICTING REPORTS ON HIS HEIGHT AND SIZE
Some scouts had him listed at 5-11 and 185 while others had him at 5-10 and 174. He has also been listed at 6-0 and 195. There is a big difference between being 5-10 and 174 compared to 6-0 and 195. Whatever his true size will surely dictate where he plays on the field.
|7/9/2019 2:19:42 PM|
|DE Ty Hamilton is Versatile with a High Motor|
Pickerington Central prospect Ty Hamilton verbally committed to play football at Ohio State in 2020 after a visit to Columbus this past weekend. He comes to OSU with the versatility to play an end or a tackle on the defensive line.
His brother, Davon, is a senior for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019. He was a three-star d-line prospect and has added about 35 pounds since leaving the Pickerington Tigers and coming to OSU. The older Hamilton was a part of the tackle rotation in 2018, starting games in place of Robert Landers when he was injured. He racked up 16 tackles, with 3 and a half for loss. He is slated to start this year on early roster projections.
Other pairs of brothers to come through Ohio State include the Bosas, Borens and the Hookers.
Ohio State 2020 Class
The Pickerington Central defensive lineman is the 12th player in the 2020 Buckeye class and 5th from Ohio. The class is loaded with offensive talent at this time and ranked 7th nationally based on those players.
Ty Hamilton Rankings
The 6'3", 250 lbs. high school senior is a 3-star recruit according to national rankings and the 26th best player in Ohio. He plays defensive end at Pickerington Central and will most likely move inside like his brother at OSU.
He will come in as a project for Larry Johnson but plays at full effort every down. Johnson likes versatile lineman like Hamilton, who can play on the edge or inside.
He has developed his technique over the years working with Johnson at camps and getting insight from his brother. He looks forward to staying close to home.
|6/20/2019 4:01:55 PM|
|Michigan Offensive Lineman Grant Toutant flips to the Buckeyes|
A Penn State Loss
For the second time in 14 days, Ohio State has hopped in to remove a top recruit from Penn State. Dissimilar to five-star receiver Julian Fleming, four-star tackle Grant Toutant had given his pledge to the Nittany Lions, just to shockingly flip to the Buckeyes Sunday night. A long-term Penn State commit Toutant stunned the world, posting on Twitter that he was decommitting from the Lions, and going to Columbus.
Toutant was verbally dedicated to Penn State since November a year ago.
The 6'7", 320lbs lineman from Michigan has seen his rankings rise and now is a top 25 tackle and one of 300 players ranked highest in the country. Toutant focused on Penn State yet was offered by both MSU and OSU in January. His footwork, following quite some time of playing b-ball, will enable him to exploit a major sized frame.
While Coach Studrawa is the o-line coach, previous Michigan coach Greg Mattison is the one credited for his enlistment, which means those new Michigan staff members are beginning to win players for the Buckeyes.
With a genuine o-tackle body, Toutant can play inside, yet is fit on the edge and that is the place Ohio State intends to put him.
|6/13/2019 2:42:29 PM|
|Best Receiver in the Country Julian Fleming Commits to Ohio State|
Julian Fleming, the No. 1 receiver in the nation, and the No. 6 generally speaking prospect, reported his promise to Ohio State on Friday morning.
Fleming turns out to be only the fourth five-star wide wideout to join Ohio State since 2000, joining Ted Ginn Jr, Jalin Marshall, and 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson.
A visit to Columbus the few days around March 22 was the one event that put the Buckeyes up for good in this blue-chip fight. Clemson was in the drivers seat preceding that outing and Penn State was viewed as the one to beat from the get-go all the while. He reported his pledge to the Buckeyes on Friday morning in a very emotional video, where he stated, "Ohio State is home."
His enrollment has been a battle, and for a long while many trusted that he would add to Clemson's great class. To such an extent that Fleming was enlisted by the current Clemson recruits and needed to break the news to his friends that he wouldn't go along with them at school.
Practically identical to previous Buckeye Michael Thomas, Julian Fleming effectively isolates. Quickness and physicality make him world class after a catch, plus his ball abilities are remarkable.
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Fleming is a fabulous mix of size, quality and jumping capacity. Fleming flaunts a 4.63 40-yard dash, 37.4-inch vertical hop and a 23-foot long-jump.
The Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia five-star player unequivocally considered Clemson, Penn State, Georgia and Alabama among others.
Fleming is a prospect who could come in and play immediately, yet in spite of the fact that he is trusting that is the result, he is eager to hang tight and work for a chance.
|5/31/2019 3:58:08 PM|
|Loss of Doug Nester Leads to Enokk Vimahi Signing|
USC football was hoping to sign lineman Enokk Vimahi to boost their 2019 o-line class. However, the four-star guard settled on signing for the Ohio state Buckeyes. Although he had a December visit to USC before signing, he developed a genuine interest for the Ohio State University as January went by. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 263 pounds and also among the 16 players in the 2019 Ohio State recruiting class. He is among the four-star recruits under new Head Coach Ryan Day. He will be joining center Harry Miller (five-stars) and tackle Ryan Jacoby (Four-stars) as the 2019 recruits on the offensive line.
Enokk Vimahi is not very huge and needs to add more weight at Ohio State, however, his elite athleticism, as well as his lateral movements, renders him the perfect physical match for Ryan’s pass spread offence. Moreover, Enokk understands a proper way to block while in the offence.
OSU needed an offensive lineman after Doug Nester failed to join the team and went to Virginia Tech. Although Nester had a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes since August 2017, Urban Meyer’s retirement gave him some motivation to play for Virginia Tech. This ordeal is a big miss for Buckeyes, but that is why they have recruited Enokk Vimahi to replace that position.
|2/21/2019 1:31:32 PM|
|Ohio States 2019 Early Signing Period 2019 Recruiting Class|
A couple afternoon signings pushed the 2019 Ohio State recruiting class from 13 members to 15 and allowed the team to finish in the top 12 classes nationally. The big get of the afternoon was Zach Harrison, a defensive end from Lewis Center Ohio. He is considered the countries top strong side DE. Later at 4pm Ohio State landed defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie from Wake Forest North Carolina. He is considered the 58th best DT in the country.
Here are the commits from the Early Signing Period 2019:
Zach Harrison, DE Lewis Center Olentangy
Will play in the All-American Bowl. Number four overall recruit in the country. Had offers from Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. Has the potential to be a first round NFL pick in three years.
Garrett Wilson, WR Austin Lake Travis
All-American Bowl selection. Had over 1000 yards and 18 touchdowns in high school. Plans to enroll early. Had offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame and others. Considered the 2nd best receiver nationally.
Harry Miller OC Buford Georgia
Another All-American Bowl player. The 2nd best center in the class nationally. Had offers from Clemson and Georgia among others. Led his team to a 10-3 season averaging 42+ points a game.
Cade Stover LB Lexington Ohio
Ohio’s Mr. Football 2018. Great at linebacker and running back in high school. 592 total tackles in career. The 5th best outside linebacker in the country. Also considered Oklahoma.
Ronnie Hickman DB Wayne DePaul Catholic
Suffered a torn-ACL during the season but was selected for the All-American Bowl non-the-less. Wants to enroll early at Ohio State. Considered a top 10 safety prospect nationally. Had offers from Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, and others.
Jameson Williams WR St Louis Cardinal Ritter
Will play in the Under Armour All-American Game. Caught 68 passes for 24 touchdowns and over 1600 yards as a senior. The 24th best wide receiver in the country. Also had Alabama, Michigan, and Iowa offers.
Steele Chambers RB Roswell Blessed Trinity
Selected for the All-American Bowl, had over 1600 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns for the state champion program. A top 10 athlete country-wide. Also was pursued by Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Notre Dame.
Ryan Jacoby OT Mentor
Looking to enroll early in January. The 26th best offensive tackle in the country. Other schools that offered were Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana.
|12/20/2018 4:19:46 PM|
|D.J. Carton Joins The Buckeyes|
Ohio State acquires D.J. Carton for 2019. On Saturday, Ohio State obtained a big commitment by persuading D.J. Carton, the five-star point guard from the Class of 2019, to join their ranks.
Emerged from Obscurity
Carlton, who stands at five foot eleven inches, made a splash on the national recruitment arena this spring, when he emerged from obscurity to be a top prospect. While Carton does not play on any big shoe company circuits, he impressed college coaches and national scouts with his abilities over the April live assessment with Quad Elite Cities --- the same group that produced top players such as Montana State's Tyler Hall and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ.
A dynamic player who can function over the rim, Carton displayed many attributes during the American Basketball Under Eighteen trials in June, while competing against lots of the leading athletes in his group.
|7/18/2018 2:26:21 PM|
|Paris Johnson Jr. Will Play OT At OSU|
At the end of June, Paris Johnson Jr. announced his pledge to join the OSU football team when he graduates in a couple years. Building on the news of Lejond Cavazos' commitment, Johnson Jr. is the second major Class of 2020 recruit that OSU has entered negotiations with so far.
Highly Sought After
The 6-foot-7 285-pound OT from St. Xavier is a Cincinnati native, and he's listed as the second overall prospect at the offensive position in his class. In spite of the fact that he's only played in parts of two high school seasons, Johnson Jr. received scholarship offers from over 40 different colleges.
Paris Johnson Jr. says this is a major opportunity for him since it gives him the chance to represent his home state. In agreeing to play for OSU, he's elected to pass up a chance with the Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers. It doesn't seem like he minds at all, though.
|7/18/2018 2:11:38 PM|