A number of recruits who are either committed to or interested in Ohio State competed in The Nike Opening Cleveland Regional on Sunday. With so many Buckeye prospects being in the same place at the same time, Twitter has been buzzing of late.
A highly intriguing one-on-one matchup featured during the Cleveland camp was between Fairfield, Ohio, offensive tackle Jack Carman and Cleveland Heights defensive end Tyreke Smith, both of whom have interest from Ohio State.
Carman, the third-best offensive tackle in the 2018 class, and Smith, the No. 16 defensive end in 2018, both were invited to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore., where Nike’s world headquarters are located. That camp will be held in either late June or early July.
They aren’t the only two heading to Oregon, though. Ohio State commit Jaelen Gill out of Westerville (Ohio) South also got the nod.
Smith was enthused by this post from Gill, a four-star athlete, and decided to entertain a future possibility, to which Gill fully supported.
While Gill is firmly locked into OSU’s 2018 class, the Buckeyes have some work to do on the other two. Carman told Scout at The Cleveland Opening that Clemson is “1A” and Ohio State is “1B” on his list of top schools. The 31st overall player in the 2018 class certainly did not seem to contradict that ordering shortly after the regional camp.
As for Smith, the No. 164 overall prospect in 2018 received some recognition from the Scarlet and Gray for his performance at The Opening.
Another recruit the Buckeyes are looking at, L’Christian “Blue” Smith, who was also at the camp, had a simple message upon the day’s conclusion.
Though four-star defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins out of Cincinnati Moeller wasn’t at Cleveland for The Opening, the OSU target did share some news recently.
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