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tBBC Heard Around the ‘Shoe – 9/2/2016

Ben van Ooyen

Heard Around the ‘Shoe – 9/2/2016
Ben van Ooyen
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Welcome to your tri-weekly look at all things Ohio State recruiting. Let’s get started!


Supreme [suh-PREEM]:

(adj.) of highest quality, degree, character & importance.

The '18 class defined.#Supreme18 pic.twitter.com/gvWMyx2Djw

— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 1, 2016

September 1st marked the beginning of the fall evaluation period for high school juniors, and it didn’t take long for college coaches to begin hitting up recruits social media. The Ohio State coaches were at the ready at their computers last night at 12:01. Bill Kurlic of Bucknuts has a breakdown of who contacted who last night ($).

Ohio State reached out to 5-star offensive tackle and Ohio star Jackson Carman last night.

The Buckeyes also reached out to Jaelen Gill, Palaie Gaoteote, Taron Vincent, Jeremy Ruckert, Leonard Taylor, Emory Jones, Anthony Cook, Dallas Gant, Mustapha Muhammad, Derrik Allen, Max Wright, Christian Tutt, Al Blades Jr. and Alex Reigelsperger.

The Buckeye coaches can not only direct message recruits on Twitter as often as they want during the contact period, but they can also make one phone call per week to the recruit as well. Expect 2018 recruiting to heat up as 2017 recruiting is starting to hit the home stretch. More and more 2018 prospects will start to receive offers and we will keep you updated on all of them here.

Buckeye WR Target Makes First Official to Nebraska:

If the Buckeyes decide to take another wide receiver in this class, I would expect Donovan Peoples-Jones to be one of the two they would possibly take, the other would be Jaylen Harris. Peoples-Jones has set up his first official visit and he will be in Lincoln this weekend while the Cornhuskers play host to the Bulldogs of Fresno State.

Peoples-Jones is a 5-star wide receiver out of Cass Tech in Michigan. Cass Tech has sent current Buckeyes Mike Weber and Joshua Alabi to the team, so there is certainly a connection between the programs. It has long been believed that he will make Michigan the school of choice when he makes his decision. Right now 80% of the crystal ball predictions are in for the Wolverines, while the Buckeyes hold down 8%.

Buckeye Commit on Hand this Weekend:

Maybe one of the lesser talked about recruits in the class of 2017 is Jerron Cage, the 4-star defensive tackle out of Winton Woods, Ohio. While he doesn’t get the fanfare that a Tate Martell, Trevon Grimes or Josh Myers gets, he is an important piece of the class of 2017. The Buckeyes have a definite need at defensive tackle and Cage along with Haskell Garrett look to fill that void for this recruiting class.

Cage spoke to Landof10 about his recruitment recently as many people have projected him to flip to Notre Dame because his older brother plays there currently.

“I’m pretty tired of hearing about (a potential flip),” Cage told Landof10. “I am committed. I have love for Notre Dame, but I am all Ohio State.”

He also stated that he would be on hand this weekend as the Buckeyes kick off their 2016 season against Bowling Green.

2019 Wide Receiver Offer:

Like we have said before, it is never to early to get started on the recruiting trail, and the Buckeyes are not waiting. Yesterday they offered 2019 wide receiver and current Tennessee commitment Kendrell Scurry out of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.

Scurry committed to the Volunteers even though he only had that offer as well as one from Toledo at the time. He committed back in July and opted to shut down his recruitment before it even really began. He told SEC Country about the decision:

“Why wait when you know you found the right place?” the Thompson Station (Tenn.) Independence rising sophomore said. “I’m from Tennessee. I wanted to stay at home so my mom could come watch the games. I want to be the hometown hero.”

While there is a long way to go until the class of 2019 is able to sign a letter of intent, the Buckeyes will have to do some serious work if they want to pry Scurry away from the home town Volunteers.

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