|4-star recruit JC Latham feels right at home at OSU|
Offensive tackle JC Latham of Bradenton, Florida’s IMG Academy would add to an already huge future presence on the Buckeyes’ frontline. class of 2021, four-star recruit stands around 6-6, weighing in at around 270–280 depending on sources (though SI has him at 6-7, 300 - https://www.si.com/college/recruiting/football/jc-latham-has-top-two-commitment-date-set). He’s attracted loads of Power Five titans, including, of course, Ohio State, for a total of two dozen scholarships. The final choice is down to the Buckeyes and the newly minted national champion LSU Tigers, but he seems to be strongly leaning toward Ohio State.
Ohio State 2021 Class
Latham hopes to play left tackle, and Rivals has him at #19 among OTs, while 247Sports has him at #13. He’d join two other four-star OL recruits who have given their verbal commit: Ohio native Ben Christman (6-6, 298, Rivals #11 OT) and Donovan Jackson (6-4, 295, Rivals #8 OT) from Houston. Despite offers from schools closer to home, Latham says he loves the feel at Ohio State, especially as he spent a lot of his pre-college years in the Midwest, growing up in Wisconsin.
JC Latham Visits
He’s played on both sides of the ball at IMG Academy, but he’s made a commitment to the offensive line since his visit to Ohio State in March, when he was a raw defensive line talent. He was no slouch on that side either: in his sophomore year, he recorded 95 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. On the March trip, he spent most of his time with 5-star commit SDE Jack Sawyer. Since then, he’s worked hard under strong coaching at IMG Academy to refine his OL skills. When he returned to Ohio State in November, he’d switched to an OT prospect and a top priority for the Buckeyes.
IMG Academy, despite being in the glorious sun of Florida, is a tough place and is geared toward turning out top athletes and individuals. Latham in an interview notes how strict the school is about making sure athletes attend their classes and get their work done on time (source - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UdGQkfps64 ). Latham attributes a great deal of his success to how IMG eased his transition to an OL and helped him excel in such a short time.
J.C. Latham: Top 2021 Ohio State target on Buckeyes, recruiting and more
What JC Latham Likes at Ohio State
Latham notes how important cohesion is on the offensive line, and his chance to spend time with Christman, Jackson, and other recruits helped him get a preview of how that can come together. He says the players in his class have a group chat on Twitter and there’s plenty of ongoing communication among them. He says Sawyer was an especially strong recruiting force.
|2/19/2020 3:06:56 PM|
|How Does the Jaylen Johnson Commitment Help Ohio State|
Buckeye football fans can celebrate yet another exciting commitment to the class of 2021. Highly sought after DB/LB Jaylen Johnson from Cincinnati, Lasalle High School made his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
His commitment is definitely an early surprise as he previously stated he would not commit until his father’s birthday on May 22, 2020. He and his father had agreed to allow the full recruiting process to play out until then.
Ohio State Camp
Jaylen attended the one day camp on the campus of Ohio State in the summer before the beginning of his 2019-2020 junior season at Lasalle High School. Coach Al Washington (LBs) liked what he saw from his performance and Johnson was offered that day. He mentioned that Jaylen was one of the hardest working prospects being recruited at the time.
Collectively, coaches Al Washington, Jeff Hafley (co-DC/secondary) and Ryan Day (HC) recruited the Cincinnati native. Between the month of September and now, coaches Washington and Day were in consistent contact with Jaylen via text, nurturing the relationship and trust in the progress of the OSU defense.
The bullet position currently played by the returning Shaun Wade is highly intriguing to him as he presents a similar skillset. Johnson has proved to be a class act and has mentioned he is eager to play wherever he is needed.
Jaylen Johnson Offers
The top-ten player from Ohio was offered scholarships by more than 15 FBS football programs and was closely speaking with Cincinnati, Perdue, Northwestern and the University of Kentucky. Two Cincinnati, OH class of 2020 commits, Jake Seibert (K) and Joe Royer (TE), both played a role in building interest and often talked to Jaylen about committing to Ohio State. The OSU class of 2020 includes a total of 5 players all from the city of Cincinnati. Other schools that offered include Akron, Boston College, Central Michigan, Indiana, Iowa State, Liberty, Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Toledo, West Virginia, and Western Michigan.
Jaylen Johnson Decision
What ultimately led Jaylen Johnson to select Ohio State? Jaylen said that the stadium atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the fans drive him to play his best. He visited the OSU campus in March, April, June, and September of 2019. Hearing the term “leadership” used persistently during his visits left a strong and positive impression on the young man.
His academic aspirations point toward a future in business and engineering or sports broadcasting. This also contributed to making one of the biggest decisions in his life thus far.
Jaylen Johnson Ultimate Highlights // 2021 Ohio State S Commit // La Salle Cincinnati, OH
|1/10/2020 1:50:49 PM|
|Ohio States Class of 2020 Early Signing Period|
Ohio State’s 2020 Class of football recruits have almost all signed during the Early Signing Period today including 24 players across many geographical locations and positions. The class is posed to be a top 3 or top 4 class nationally, the best in the Big Ten, and one that makes the Buckeyes a favorite to the favorite in the conference for years to come. Let’s look at each position and the players.
Julian Fleming from Catawissa PA, 6’3” 210lbs a 5 Star recruit
Gee Scott Jr from Bellevue WA 6’3” 195lbs 4 Star recruit
Jaxon Smith-Njigba from Rockwall TX 6’1” 185lb 5 Star recruit
Mookie Cooper from Maryland Heights MO 5’9” 195lbs 4 Star recruit
Joe Royer from Cincinnati OH 6’5”220lbs 3 Star recruit
Miyan Williams from Cincinnati, OH 5'9" 210lbs 3 Star recruit
CJ Stroud from Rancho Cucamonga, CA 6'4" 192lbs 4 Star recruit
Jack Miller from Scottsdale, AZ 6'4" 210lbs 4 Star recruit
Josh Fryar from Beech Grove, IN 6'5" 295lbs 3 Star recruit
Jakob James from Cincinnati, OH 6'4" 265lbs 3 Star recruit
Grant Toutant from Warren, MI 6'7" 310lbs 3 Star recruit
Trey Leroux from Norwalk, OH 6'6" 317lbs 3 Star recruit
Paris Johnson Jr. from Cincinnati, OH 6'7" 295lbs 5 Star recruit
Luke Wypler from Montvale, NJ 6'4" 280lbs 4 Star recruit
Kourt Williams from Bellflower, CA 6'0" 215lbs 4 Star recruit
Mitchell Melton from Olney, MD 6'4" 230lbs 3 Star recruit
Cody Simon from Jersey City, NJ 6'2" 215lbs 4 Star recruit
Jake Seibert from Cincinnati, OH 6'1" 195lbs 3 Star recruit
Jacolbe Cowan from Charlotte, NC 6'5" 265lbs 4 Star recruit
Darrion Henry from Cincinnati, OH 6'5" 265lbs 4 Star recruit
Ty Hamilton from Pickerington, OH 6'2" 254lbs 3 Star recruit
|12/18/2019 3:59:25 PM|
|Marvin Harrison Jr|
Ohio State has made a major signing for its class of 2021 by securing a commitment from Marvin Harrison Jr to sign for the Buckeyes. Harrison, who stands 6 ft. 4 and weights 174 lbs. is a wide receiver who currently plays for St Joseph's Prep School in Philadelphia and is ranked 87th is the top 100 recruits for this year and is the top ranked receiver in the state of Pennsylvania. One of his current teammates, quarterback Kyle McCord has also committed to Ohio State for next season. Harrison has had 3o catches so far this season for over 610 yards
Marvin Harrison Jr Offers
Harrison Jr had offers from many colleges across the nation and is reported to have had at least 25 scholarship offers. The list includes Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Florida, Michigan and Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Penn State, LSU and Texas A&M, Virginia and Virginia Tech as well as his fathers alma mater, Syracuse.
Joining Kyle McCord
Harrison Jr has admitted that his friendship with QB Kyle McCord and McCord's decision to commit to the OSU Buckeyes was a major factor in his own decision to also head for Columbus Ohio. Both helped St Joseph's win a PIAA Class 6A state title last season. Both quarterback and receiver were known to stay behind after high school practice to run through some additional drills and McCord has said Harrison Jr thinks like a quarterback and is a physically very strong player. Harrison Jr said that he felt Ohio State was a school where he could progress and develop not just as an athlete but also as a person. He has been highly impressed with both Head Coach Ryan Day and Wide Receiver coach Brian Hartline and was reported as saying that he felt both coaches could help him reach his full potential. Harrison Jr was also reported as being highly complimentary about Ohio State's academic record.
Selected Ohio State
Harrison Jr said he narrowed his choice down to 3 teams, LSU, Ohio State and also the Florida Gators and said he made his mind up after visiting LSU for their game against Florida over the 2nd weekend in October. Harrison Jr said that he felt the time was right to make the decision before his school moved into the playoffs. His current coach at St Joseph's, Tim Roken, has been highly impressed with Harrison's football IQ and his background and is in no doubt he will be a great success at Ohio State.
|11/15/2019 2:28:50 PM|
|Ben Christman On Recruiting and Staying at Home|
Yes, recruiting for the 2021 college football season has already started. Ohio State's fourth recruit is Ben Christman, a four-star offensive tackle, making him the school's first offensive line recruit for 2021. Christman is currently in his junior year at Revere High in Richfield, Ohio, so he's another home state recruit, which seems to be the trend at OSU right now. He's a big guy, at 6'6", 299 pound, according to 247Sports. Christman was recruited by Greg Studrawa and Tony Alford.
How Christman Ranks
Christman is considered one of the best lineman in the state. He's ranked as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the country for 2021 and No. 44 overall. In the state of Ohio he's rated No. 2.
His recruitment also means that OSU has recruited the top two in-state prospects for back to back years. This kind of homegrown talent sticking around is exciting to see. "You can make the argument that Ohio's the best state for high school talent," Christman reportedly said. "You have so many guys that go on to play Division I and in the NFL. It speaks for itself. Ohio's where football was originated so you have to think that it's the best."
Back in June, Christman took to Twitter and announced his commitment: "COMMITTED!! I'm staying HOME…" He's obviously thrilled to stay in Ohio and be part of Buckeye football!
What Other Options Did Christman Have to Consider Outside of Ohio State?
Ben also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Notre Dame, all known for their football programs, so it says something that he chose Ohio State.
Why Christman picked Ohio State?
Christman is clearly a big fan of Buckeye football (I mean, who isn't around here, right?!), and joining "The Brotherhood" as he put it has been a dream of his. Now it's come true. The young star also seems very pleased to be staying in his home state, and is also excited about the wave of other recruits from within Ohio.
Ben Christman: 4-star recruit on why Ohio State is home
|10/11/2019 4:03:51 PM|
|Malaki Branham : Highschool Baller Sensation Primed for the Big League|
The pedigree of high school basketball is getting more and more potent over the years, and schools are cramming more than ever to recruit a young athlete whom they think will fit their system. One of the players that stands out above the rest is Malaki Branham, a four star high school basketball player from St. Vincent-St. Mary HS in Akron (which is the exact school LeBron James came from) whose size, length and motor for a guard is already making schools salivate.
What Malaki Branham Offers
Easily one of the nation's top 40 college prospects, Malaki Branham is towering over his high school adversaries with a height of 6'4 and weighs in more than 190 pounds and is very quick and agile for his size. His length adds a different dimension to his game to help him contour his way inside the the other teams defense and sky over them. This helps him as well defensively to guard the passing lanes and disturb shots. But like all prospects, the kid needs guidance from a school and a coach to hone his skills on the college level where the competition kicks up a notch.
Offers and The Ohio State Buckeyes
Recently, a handful of teams already reached out to Malaki to offer him a scholarship to join their respective team. They are aware of the impressive build, skillset and work ethic this kid has. Duquesne and Akron has sent out their offers as well as Miami (Ohio) and Ohio University to try their luck in snagging the prized athlete. Though there is one major program who had offered Malaki a scholarship that is making headlines today, the Ohio State Buckeyes which already made deals with Kalen Etzler, the first 2021 recruit and Justin Sueing, a transfer. But unlike Etzler who decided right away to commit to Ohio State the same day he was offered the scholarship, Malaki Branham wants to sit down and look at his options.
If ever Malaki ultimately chooses the Buckeyes, he'll be parading the team with Etzler and potentially fellow four-star recruit Keon Johnson and will form instantly a formidable lineup for the Ohio State.
|9/20/2019 1:52:27 PM|
|Ohio State New Addition: Kourt Williams|
Kourt Williams is a young football athlete who has recently committed to the Ohio State football program. He began his football career at Saint John's Bosco High School in California. Kourt Williams plays the Outside Linebacker position with aggression, as well as strong tackle power. His knowledge of the game, and play recognition, has made him a standout prospect for numerous colleges. Kourt Williams is also in excellent shape as of February 2nd. Proof of his athleticism is a 4.6 second 40-yard dash time, 39.3 inch vertical jump, and 4.09 second shuttle. His build is also perfect for the position he plays, and helps make him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Kourt Williams stands tall at 6-foot-1, and weighs 209 pounds. Kourt Williams was rated a four star talent by a number of services. Add to that into his traits mentioned previously, and you have the recipe for true talent.
Other College Offers for Kourt Williams
Kourt Williams has talent, and this is known by the numerous college offers that he received prior to committing to Ohio State. Williams took immediate interest in Penn State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma as his top three choices from the start. Penn State was among the top prospects for Williams, and it should be noted that he did visit the campus twice to talk things over with coaches and players. As time moved forward the list eventually grew to 5, and Ohio State began to look like his number one choice. The California native then began to look at the offers and choices that were presented to him. During the spring season he visited several of his top prospects: Texas A&M on April 26th, Oklahoma on May 3rd, Penn State June 7th, and finally Ohio State on June 21st. All of the schools mentioned have excellent football programs, and even offered him scholarships (among 20 other schools). It became clear that Ohio State was starting to win the battle after his attendance at the 2020 Buckeyes recruiting barbecue. The recruiting deal included a scholarship of course.
The Ohio State 2020 Class
Ohio State had recently received offensive talent prior to Williams committing to their university, and it was clear that they were looking to add some defensive talent to their roster. Ohio State is recognized as one of the top football schools in the nation, so it is clear that they wanted the 12th ranked outside linebacker in the country for that particular recruiting year. The Ohio State roster after this current recruiting year is looking very strong with an abundance of four start talent on both sides of the football.
Kourt Williams Ultimate Highlights // 2020 St. John Bosco 4⭐️ LB/DB // Ohio State Commit
|9/6/2019 2:30:57 PM|
|Safety Lathan Ransom's College Decision|
Lathan Ransom is one of the best players coming out of Arizona in the 2020 recruiting class. The 4-star safety is ranked 190 nationally out of the ESPN 2020 Top 300 and 6th at his position. Lathan Ransom boasts some impressive physical attributes standing at 6-feet and 2-inches weighing in at 183 pounds.
Lathan Ransom Scholarship Offers
Ransom committed to Ohio State University on July 16th of 2019, choosing OSU over a star packed list of colleges including: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, UT Austin, UCLA, Michigan and MSU, Texas A&M, University of South California, Utah and Washington. In addition to OSU, Ransom made official visits to UTA, Notre Dame, LSU and Oklahoma. Lathan Ransom used his last official visit to OSU where he would fatefully end up committing to.
Why he selected Ohio State?
In an interview with Bucknuts, Ransom stated he chose the OSU program due to his belief in what coaches Jeff Hafley and Ryan Day are accomplishing there. He also stated he was in constant contact with the two and that they were actively making an effort in recruiting.
Looking at the OSU recruiting class now, it is visible Coach Day is attempting to assemble a super class for the upcoming year. Just before the spring period came to an end, the Buckeyes had only one defensive player commit, but with Lathan Ransom choosing OSU, the class roster now boasts eight defensive commits.
Ransom will play the free safety position at OSU and will be counted on to turn around the OSU defensive blunder that cost them many yards, points and big plays in the 2018 season. Lathan Ransom is set to be a primary mover of the Buckeyes defense and is seemingly their lead player on that side of the ball.
OSU 2020 Class
In addition to Lathan Ransom, the Buckeyes 2020 super class includes commitments from quarterback Jack Miller, star wide receivers Gee Scott Jr. and Julian Fleming, a stacked lineup of offensive linemen and a few other defensive stars including 4-star defensive end Darrion Henry, 4-star linebacker Cody Simon and 4-star cornerback Lejond Cavazos.
|7/19/2019 1:15:27 PM|
|Why Mitchell Melton Chose Ohio State|
The 2020 recruiting class for the Ohio State saw a number of fantastic prospects join their ranks for the upcoming season. One of the most prolific names to surface from this is that of Olney based Mitchell Melton. Standing at six foot three and weighing a very respectable 235 pounds, the outsider linebacker is one of several coups for the Buckeyes. A stark contrast to the more recent shift of OSU towards smaller, faster linebackers, Mitchell Melton is a larger linebacker than what fans have been used to seeing in recent recruits. Not that that means, by any accounts that he will have any less of an impact for the college team.
Mitchell Melton's Strengths
Despite his bigger stature, Mitchell Melton is certainly not missing much in terms of speed with very respectable showings in testing, something which will undoubtedly only increase once he is integrated within the Ohio State fitness program. Perhaps the greatest attribute this young man brings however is that of agility, with a great set of stats to accompany his profile. Mitchell Melton moves well, he's perfectly apt in regards to pace and very agile, particularly for someone of his stature. With a great tactical brain, Melton is a great defensive prospect who had a good track record with ensuring plays are defended to the very best standards. While he needs work on coverage and has plenty of room to grow, OSU will certainly be content with this recruit.
College Scholarship Offers
With offers coming in several directions, from Michigan, Notre Dame, Air Force and Duke, there was only one real challenge to OSU coming from the offer from Michigan. With visits at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan respectively, it was OSU that really caught the linebackers eye with the decision seemingly unanimous. Seemingly falling in love with Ohio State's infamous program, it was a shoe in for Mitchell Melton, with very little challenge coming from elsewhere.
Why He Chose Ohio State
A man who is guided by his faith, Mitchell Melton seemed ecstatic to announce his decision with his passion and commitment to OSU evident in his social media activity. Having played his football with Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, this was a huge step for the young linebacker but one both the team and himself will be delighted with. What makes him stand out, as well as his devout and very obvious faith is his devotion to education, with the aim to study within finance and sports marketing, something which heavily influenced his decision to join the OSU 2020 recruiting class.
|7/12/2019 2:05:21 PM|
|When State Power Forward Kalen Etzler Became a 2021 Buckeye|
The OSU Buckeyes were the first in the Big Ten with a 2021 class recruit with the commitment of Kalen Etzler in May. Etzler, led Crestview HS to the Division IV championship last year, and tweeted his verbal commitment to Chris Holtmann a little over a month ago.
Etzler is a 6'8", 195 lbs. forward from Crestview (Knights), Ohio. He is rated as a 4 star prospect, 2nd in the state and 51st overall in the nation.
The Buckeyes beat out offers from Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, and Duquesne. His brother plays for the Miami RedHawks.
Buckeye fever runs through the Etzler blood, his uncle Doug was a Buckeye basketball team member in the early 1990’s for four years. Doug became the head coach of Crestview days before Kalen became a future Buckeye. He has two years of high school before coming to Columbus.
|6/19/2019 2:51:00 PM|