Can Ohio State Land 2016's No. 1 Player?

Ohio State's 2016 recruiting class has gotten off to a fast start. Can it continue down the road with a pledge from the nation's No. 1 prospect, Rashan Gary?

Ohio State’s recruiting run so far has been impressive in the class of 2016.

Coming off a national championship, the Buckeyes have 12 commits and are third in the nation in the rankings. The team’s average star rating of 3.92 per player also sits third, and the Buckeyes have their sights set on such Scout 100 players as Nicholas Bosa, Binjimen Victor, Prince Sammons, Brendan Ferns and Austin Mack to boost those marks even higher.

But can the Buckeyes get in on the No. 1 prospect in the nation?

Defensive tackle Rashan Gary of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic has been offered by just about every program in the nation, and he’s at a position of need for the Buckeyes.

Of course, it will be hard to pull in Gary, who checked out Southern powers South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia during the spring. Closer to home, he recently visited Rutgers, and Michigan could be a player considering his former high school coach Chris Partridge is now on staff.

What does the 6-4, 280-pound Gary have to say about his recruitment? He recently checked in with Rutgers publisher Sam Hellman to discuss recent trips, including a visit to Ohio State in April.

As for the mother’s perspective on Ohio State, Gary’s mom, Jennifer Coney, recently told Scout about the trip to the school as well as Michigan.

“He liked Ohio State,” said Mrs. Coney. “He didn’t say too much of the school. I think they didn’t spend a lot of time at Ohio State. I think most of their weekend was at Michigan. I know he met with (defensive line coach Larry) Johnson because he called me and I talked to Coach Johnson. I’ll tell you the difference (between the Michigan and Oho State visits). When he talked to me about Ohio State it was football, football, football. But when he talked to me about Michigan he just told me about the environment, told me about the academics, told me about the dorms, told me about the campus. I spoke with (Michigan defensive coordinator Greg) Mattison it was totally a different conversation. One was about athletics, and then Michigan was all about academics and the people, (and) the environment.”

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