Underclassmen Take Center Stage At OSU Sunday

Even though Ohio State is still putting the finishing touches on their highly rated 2016 recruiting class, the Buckeyes will use this Sunday as a time to impress several top underclassmen. Ohio State will host several top recruits Sunday, including many already holding Buckeye offers.

- 2017 IN-STATE PROSPECTS: 

A number of the state's finest will be on hand Sunday, led by four-star wide receiver Jaylen Harris. With offers from top Big Ten and SEC schools, Harris will receive priority attention from the Buckeye staff. Although an early commitment is not expected, Ohio State is the current leader for the Cleveland Heights prospect. 

There are two other in-state wide receivers drawing national attention, JaVont'e Richardson and Danny Davis, while neither hold Ohio State offers at this time. With Harris and Trevon Grimes sitting atop the Ohio State receiver board, can Richardson or Davis leave with an offer? 

Ohio State already has four potential defensive back commits for this class, but Cincinnati Colerain's Amir Riep is an extremely talented player in his own right. An offer would be considered a longshot at this time while Ohio State waits for others to decide, but he fits what the Buckeyes want to do defensively. 

Tight end Trey Pugh, runningback Weston Bridges and offensive lineman Matt Sichterman will also be in attendance this Sunday. 

- 2017 OUT OF STATE PROSPECTS:

The headliner would be defensive tackle Fred Hansard, out of New Jersey. Ohio State will look to continue to build the relationship with one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country, and he is near the top of their recruiting board. 

Wide receivers seem to be getting a lot of attention right now, and assistant coach Zach Smith has proven to be an amazing recruiter. Can Smith land Detroit Cass Tech's Donovan Peoples-Jones? Hard to bet against Smith anymore, and he gets to spend quality time with Peoples-Jones this weekend. 

If wide receiver seems to be getting a lot of attention, what about defensive back? With four committed, and several more on the board, this is a high priority position. Near the top of the board is Clairton (PA) Lamont Wade, and he has made several trips to Columbus in the past year or so. He is definitely a taker, and the Buckeyes are in great shape with Wade. 

Another Cass Tech product, safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, is high on the Buckeye wish list and assistant coach Kerry Coombs has been pulling talent from the Detroit area on an annual basis. Along with Jeffrey Okudah, Kelly-Powell is high on the safety board want list. 

There are two highly-rated offensive linemen committed already, but Jordan McNair holds a Buckeye offer and would be held in high regard. He is from Maryland, and Ohio State could look to repeat recent magic from the state in Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones. 

- 2018 IN-STATE PROSPECTS: 

Super sophomore Jaelen Gill will be back at Ohio State, and he has made several visits to campus already. This could be the top prospect in the Midwest for his class, and an eventual five-star recruit going forward. He is the top priority among sophomores, and a player Urban Meyer will absolutely not want to see leave the state. 

Moe Douglass is rebuilding the Springfield program, and he has two of the top sophomores in the state. Tight end/defensive end Leonard Taylor already holds four offers and more should be coming his way. Antwuan Johnson is a middle linebacker prospect holding three offers. It would not be surprising to see Ohio State offer one or both of the Springfield athletes. 


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