A prospect who entertained the idea of committing to UCLA before announcing his pledge to Ohio State has become an avid recruiter for the Buckeyes. Four-star athlete Jaelen Gill out of Westerville (Ohio) South has made it a daily priority to try to get as many OSU targets as possible committed to the Scarlet and Gray.
“Every single person Ohio State is recruiting, I’m recruiting out here,” Gill told Scout on Sunday at The Nike Opening in Cleveland.
Gill, who chose OSU over UCLA when he announced his commitment on March 1, mentioned a few key prospects he is pursuing. Some of them include linebacker Brian Asamoah of Columbus (Ohio) DeSales, offensive lineman Jackson Carman out of Fairfield, Ohio, linebacker Dallas Gant from Toledo St. John’s Jesuit and defensive end Tyreke Smith from Cleveland Heights.
Gill is not the only Buckeye pledge on the recruiting trail, though.
“I’m in contact with all the commits every day,” Gill said. “We’re talking to recruits every single day. (Safety) Jaiden (Woodbey from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif.) is out in Cali recruiting the west side of the country. Me and (Franklin, Ga., Heard County quarterback) Emory (Jones), we basically just recruit everybody.
"It’s just kind of cool being one of the main people, especially since I am from Columbus. I tell all recruits, ‘Whenever you’re in town let me know. Anything I can do, I can help you out with it. I live 20 minutes from campus.’ I try to make it easy on them.”
A player Gill is really zeroing in on is Central (Pa.) Dauphin defensive end Micah Parsons, who is committed to Penn State.
“I’ve taken it upon myself to make sure he flips,” Gill said of Parsons. “So, we’re on him every day, just like all the other recruits, but specifically him. I’m just putting in his head, ‘You’re going to be a Buckeye.’ I’m real confident that we’ll get him to flip. He named his dog Brutus (OSU's mascot), so we’ll have to see.”
Having been a Buckeye target, Gill said he is employing some of OSU's recruiting tactics now that he is on the trail.
“The big thing with Ohio State that they preach is family," Gill said. "A lot of schools will talk about family and all of that stuff, but you get to see it firsthand. At a junior day, the coaches will leave and the (current OSU) players and families will go in and make sure they instill in your head that they really mean family. Anything they can do for you they will do. The parents go together, and it’s just a really tight-knit people. You definitely get to see it and it’s a great experience.”
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