3:32 pm | June 14, 2018 | Go to Source | Author: Ryan Donnelly
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Ohio’s finest will attend Ohio State prospect camp
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Ohio State recruiting, but the Buckeyes will once again host some of the best prospects in the state of Ohio for a one-day prospect camp on Saturday.
A contingent from Cincinnati Princeton will spend time working out for the Buckeyes coaches, per coach Mike Daniels. Daniels told Land of 10 he would bring the “whole crew,” including a trio of high-level 2020 prospects.
Four-star defensive end Darrion Henry, the No. 2 player in Ohio’s 2020 class according to 247Sports, has already been offered by the Buckeyes, but he will participate in the camp nonetheless. Henry has landed 10 offers from Power 5 programs in the last two months, most recently from Clemson and Tennessee. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect already held offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame and other prominent programs.
Though Henry is the headliner, Ohio State will also keep a close eye on two of Henry’s teammates.
2020 outside linebacker Jaheim Thomas, a 6-4, 200-pound prospect with serious athleticism and length for his position, will also work out for Ohio State. He is ranked as the No. 6 player in Ohio in his class. Some of his most prominent offers include Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa. The Buckeyes have not yet offered.
While not quite as highly regarded as Thomas or Henry, 2020 cornerback Elijah Eberhardt is another player from Princeton who has a future as a Power 5 prospect. Eberhardt holds one offer from Western Michigan, but several Power 5 programs are showing interest and he should have a chance to grow his offer list this month.
Ohio State has offered only three Ohioans in the 2020 class, including Henry. The other two are 5-star tackle Paris Johnson Jr. (Cincinnati St. Xavier) and 4-star athlete DeaMonte Trayanum. Johnson visited campus on Tuesday, Henry has plans to be here on Saturday and now it appears Trayanum does as well.
“I’ll probably be up there, but I’m not going to camp,” Trayanum shared, meaning he will not be participating in the workouts.
Trayanum is a running back and linebacker from Akron Archbishop Hoban, the same high school that produced former Buckeyes commit Todd Sibley and Danny Clark (who signed with Pitt and Kentucky, respectively) in the 2017 class. At 5-11 and 215 pounds, he projects better to running back than linebacker. Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame were Trayanum’s first three, and still most prominent, offers.
The Buckeyes will also host 2020 tackle Sam Rengert, another in-state prospect out of Milford Center (Ohio) Fairbanks, a high school around 45 minutes northwest of Columbus. Rengert is a 6-7, 285-pound tackle, ranked as the No. 16 prospect in Ohio, whose first two Power 5 offers came from West Virginia and Iowa State. Michigan State and Ohio State are both in contact with Rengert.
To Land of 10’s knowledge, Ohio State will have hosted at least 13 of the top 20 prospects in Ohio’s 2020 class by the conclusion of Saturday’s camp. The Buckeyes may not take as many Ohio natives in current recruiting class as they did prior to Urban Meyer’s arrival in Columbus, but they still have excellent relations with the high school coaches and players around the state. The coaching staff will continue to work to unearth talent in the state.
Hubbard has a homecoming, will camp at Ohio State
Though he’s no longer technically an Ohioan prospect, an ex-pat from the Buckeye State and super-talented prospect will be returning to his home. As first reported by 247Sports analyst Bill Greene and since confirmed by Land of 10, 4-star 2020 running back Darvon Hubbard will attend camps at Ohio State on Saturday and again on June 22 for Friday Night Lights.
Hubbard played his freshman season at Akron Buchtel before moving to Arizona to play at Scottsdale Chaparral, teaming up with 4-star 2020 quarterback Jack Miller. Miller will also be in attendance at Friday Night Lights, though he already holds an offer from the Buckeyes.
Hubbard has not yet captured the offer from Ohio State, but seems to be closing in on one. He is ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect and No. 10 running back in the 2020 class. Some of Hubbard’s most prominent offers to date include Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Nebraska.
Two more 2020 prospects will spend the weekend at Ohio State
Ohio State’s visitor list for the camp and weekend as a whole continues to grow. Two prominent 2020 prospects took to Twitter on Thursday to announce their intentions to check out the Buckeyes over the weekend.
2020 Illinois wide receiver A.J. Henning, who landed an offer from Ohio State on May 17, will make his first visit to campus as a recruit. Henning is ranked as the No. 24 overall prospect, No. 4 wide receiver and No. 1 prospect in Illinois for the 2020 class and already holds more than two dozen offers. That list includes Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, LSU, Miami and many other blue-blood programs.
It’s unclear if Henning will work out for Ohio State coaches during his trip to campus, but the 5-10, 175-pound prospect has little to prove to any college coaching staff.
While we don’t know if Henning will work out, I can confirm the coaches will have a chance to evaluate 2020 South Carolina defensive tackle Alex Huntley on Saturday. The 6-4, 295-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 104 overall prospect and No. 5 defensive tackle in the 2020 class and has five Power 5 offers under his belt already: Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas.
Ohio State does not often raid talent from South Carolina, but the Buckeyes did land 4-star defensive tackle Michael Hill from the state in the 2013 class. Hill started in 15 games for Ohio State, but never broke through as a star before graduating after the 2017 season.
Big Apple, bigger dream
Few would mistake New York City as a football city or deny basketball’s pre-eminence in the Big Apple, but don’t tell that to Danny Landberg. Since sending Curtis Samuel to Ohio State in the 2014 recruiting class, the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall coach has been amassing talent and sending players on to Division I football at a high clip.
Landberg has sent three players to Ohio State — Samuel, redshirt sophomore safety Jahsen Wint and freshman center Matthew Jones — and several others to other FBS programs around the country. Landberg’s close relationship to the Buckeyes and a personal friendship with Meyer, in particular, have helped Erasmus Hall to flourish as a football program.
Landberg will bring a crew to Ohio State’s prospect camp on Saturday that features more than a half-dozen prospects, he told Land of 10. The most prominent among them is 2021 defensive end Jahzion Harris, a lightning quick pass-rusher who is one of the few 2021 prospects to land a Buckeyes offer. Harris is a 6-4, 200-pound prospect who has also been offered by Syracuse and Rutgers.
It is super early in Harris’ recruitment, but the relationship between Meyer and Landberg has yielded great returns for the Buckeyes thus far. If he continues developing as expected, it would be no surprise to see him join up with Ohio State in the future.
Ohio State is perhaps the top contender for 4-star wide receiver Jameson Williams, a 2019 product of St. Louis Cardinal Ritter Prep. As such, it came as no surprise to see the blue-chip wideout include the Buckeyes in his top 5 schools list on Thursday.
Williams listed Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Nebraska and UCLA in the group. He is ranked as the No. 146 overall prospect and No. 26 wide receiver in the 2019 class. He checks in at 6-2 and 160 pounds.
Ohio State is considered the heavy favorite for Williams and has captured 100-percent of the Crystal Ball predictions for where he’ll play his college football. The Buckeyes will host the speedy receiver for an official visit beginning on Friday, June 22. It will be a major visit weekend for the program and could be instrumental in shaping the Ohio State board at the position.
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