Ohio Looking Strong In 2017

Ohio State is already off to a great start in 2017 with seven Scout 300 commitments, and the Buckeye State boasts some other prospects who might end up in scarlet and gray as well.

Last week we took a look at the Buckeyes' dominating start to the 2017 class -- a start that got even better yesterday as Scout 100 offensive lineman Jake Moretti gave his pledge to OSU.

And the good news is that there could be more to come for the Buckeyes. There are 12 Ohioans ranked in the Scout 300, four of whom -- OT Josh Myers, CB Marcus Williamson, RB Todd Sibley and QB Danny Clark -- are already pledged to Ohio State.

Of the remaining eight Ohioans in the Scout 300 for 2017, seven are listed by Scout.com as having interest in the Buckeyes. Here are their thoughts on recruiting, as well as where Ohio State falls on their list.

Jaylen Harris (148): The 6-5 four-star wideout from Cleveland Heights was offered by Ohio State in June, making him in his words the seventh prospect the Buckeyes have offered in the state for the 2017 cycle.

"It's an honor, coming from the national champs," he said of the offer. "This is my home school, and I've been rooting for them my whole life. It was a good thing for me and my family."

Harris said it's too early to think commitment and he also boasts offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa and Kentucky.

Jerron Cage (155): Cage also got an offer in June after shining in Columbus at both an Ohio State camp as well as the Nike Opening Regional. Extremely athletic for his size, Cage admitted the OSU offer changed his recruitment but he is still also looking at Michigan State, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville and Oregon, though of that group only the Wildcats and Cardinals have offered thus far.

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Matt Bockhorst (191): One of the top offensive guards in the nation, Bockhorst has been ofered by Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Vanderbilt. Noted for his competitiveness, he competed at The Opening Regional in Columbus but does not have an Ohio State offer. Notre Dame would be a major player if it offered (and fellow Cincinnati native Tommy Kraemer in the 2016 class is committed to the Irish), and Bockhorst camped with the Fighting Irish recently as well as checking out Penn State and MSU.

Danny Davis (232): A wideout with good size, Davis already has such schools as Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Illinois and Iowa after him. The four-star wideout who also shines on the basketball court might find it tough to acquire an OSU offer given the other targets at the position on the OSU board, but Davis says he's in no hurry to commit.

Charles Reeves (237): The state's top tight end and the No. 7 player at his position in the nation, Reeves is an impressive physical specimen who showed off his skills at an OSU summer camp. A recent bloomer on the recruiting scene with offers from just Michigan and Ohio University, Reeves has said he'd consider a Buckeye offer highly if one comes.

"I really like Ohio State a lot," he said. "They said for me to earn an offer I need to keep working on my footwork, and improving my route running. I want to come back for Friday Night Lights in July, and then maybe for a game in the fall."

Matt Dotson (293): Dotson comes in right after Reeves in Scout's Ohio tight end rankings for 2017, and the Cincinnati native was offered by the Buckeyes this summer. That offer joined scholarships from Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, and he's also checked out Michigan State and Notre Dame this summer as one of the most highly recruited tight ends in his class.

“I plan on going up to Ohio State a lot because they are so close," he told Scout's Dave Berk. "When I go up there I'll stay with Sam Hubbard cause I know him and we can really talk. I'll also be talking with Jake Hausmann as he's always helped me out with everything. If I have a recruiting question I can go to him because he's been through it and is still kind of going through it. So it kind of helps with him going to be up there.

A decision isn't expected imminently, however.

JaVont'e Richardson (299): Just sneaking into the Scout 300 is Richardson, another big wideout who impressed at The Opening Regional.

"Ohio State is also talking to me, and they said they like me a lot, but need to see me in camp to check out my footwork," he said afterward. "Everyone is recruiting me as a wideout, but it doesn't matter to me. I would play safety if they want me to."

Offered by Kentucky and Bowling Green this far, Richardson has been hearing from the Buckeyes along with Michigan State, Alabama and Purdue.

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