Even though Ohio State is hosting wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for an official visit this weekend, by all accounts the Detroit Cass Tech four-star is all but signed and sealed to Michigan.
With Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes never give up on a prospect they want, so they will chase Peoples-Jones to the end. Just as significant as that visit are two unofficial visits being made by the Cleveland Heights duo of Jaylen Harris and Tyreke Smith.
SUMMARY: When the Buckeyes landed two stud wideouts in Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey on the same day in August it was assumed that Harris would be on the outside, and that was confirmed from a source close to the process. Ohio State has a numbers issue, and a lot of wide receivers on scholarship, so taking two made sense. Harris also seemed to be moving away from the Buckeyes and looking elsewhere. In the past ten days there has been a change. First off, Urban Meyer made a trip to Cleveland Heights High School to speak with head coach Mac Stephens. Meyer wasn't there to ask about how to block the zone read better. Now we have Harris coming to Ohio State on an unofficial visit, and talking about scheduling his official visit. Coincidence? Not to me. After checking closer, it appears Ohio State is now thinking Harris just might be too good to pass up. After having him outside my final class, I'm now putting Harris on the "possible/probable" list, with a strong lean to "probable".
SUMMARY: This is a junior with all the potential in the world, and a player Ohio State is tracking closely. Smith, who has not played football since sixth grade, was doing well this year before breaking a bone in his leg. After missing a few games he returned to action last night. There just isn't enough film on Smith for Ohio State to offer now, but the size, speed and athleticism fits very well with the defensive ends the Buckeyes are recruiting. If offered, Ohio State would be the prohibitive favorite to sign Tyreke Smith. He has had weekly contact with assistant coach Tony Alford for the past few months.
Here are clips of Harris from earlier this year: