Bank Blog: Prospects At OSU Spring Game

Ohio State will host several prospects this weekend for the spring game, including 5-star runningback Najee Harris. How will this weekend shape both the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes?

- The Ohio State spring game became a recruiting bonanza under Jim Tressel, and that has continued with Urban Meyer at the helm. Even though recruiting has changed dramatically in the past few years, getting recruits on campus remains a staple of the business. Add in 100,000 fans on a Saturday afternoon, and it's a great way to put a shine on the program. 

- The biggest name in attendance for my money? Check out the video above on Najee Harris and tell me you don't see the next Zeke Elliott. I saw him at the Future-50 in Orlando last January and was blown away by the size, speed and athleticism. I know he's committed to Alabama, but that seems quite shaky to me. Add in the fact that he fits the Ohio State perfectly, because he can catch the football as well as run it. He would seem to be the perfect successor to Carlos Hyde and Zeke, and he should be able to do what those two did for the Buckeye offense. Watch this one closely.

- Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones will be in Columbus, and while I don't think the Buckeyes are the favorite, they want him badly. With Trevon Grimes not looking like the 100% Buckeye lock it has appeared for months, Peoples-Jones has similar skills and will get the royal treatment from Zach Smith. I still think he ends up at Michigan or the SEC, but this is the layup line for recruiting and the real game will start around Christmas. 

- In-state defensive back Amir Riep is really good and Ohio State wants him badly. With the commitment of Shaun Wade looking flimsy and the pursuit of Lamont Wade still on-going, Riep is a priority. And he's going to be a Buckeye. Bank That. He won't commit this weekend, but getting him on campus again only helps.

- In-state wide receiver Jaylen Harris will also be a Buckeye and while it could happen with him at the spring game, I'm not expecting that at this time. Getting him in the fold will allow Ohio State to concentrate on adding another outside wideout, be it Peoples-Jones, Grimes or someone else. 

- Baylor quarterback commit Kellen Mond will be in attendance, although he does not hold a Buckeye offer at this time. Not sure he's the guy they want as the second QB in this class, but they are definitely looking to add another one. 

- It might actually be a bigger day for 2018 kids, and it could be a preview of the in-state commits when all is said and done. Two holding offers are Jaelen Gill and Jack Carman, and if one of them would commit this weekend, I would go with Carman. The big O-lineman is one they want, and I think they get him. Gill will be a Buckeye, but I don't think the timing is right for him to commit. 

- Others in attendance will be defensive tackle Aneas Hawkins, defensive end Malik Vann, cornerback Xavier Henderson and tight end Trenton Gillison. None of this group holds offers currently, but I believe all four will be offered in due time. 


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