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Corner Back Devonta Smith from La Salle Cincinnati

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Devonta Smith is a 6’0” 185lbs. corner back from La Salle Cincinnati Ohio. The high school is only a few hours from Columbus Ohio and many football players in the area dream of being Buckeyes one day.

Smith is considered the 33rd best cornerback in the country and the 14th best overall Ohio prospect for 2021. He could get a bump from his current 3 star rating as his large number of scholarship offers are looked at. He had 30 scholarship offers including Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Oregon, and more.

Devonta Smith Recruitment

Recruited by Kerry Combs, he plans to visit Columbus on June 12th. He committed to the Buckeyes shortly after receiving an offer this March. Ohio State continues to perform well during the dead period created by the coronavirus pandemic. And the addition of Kerry Combs to the staff has helped secure a number of players for 2021.

La Salle won the Division II Ohio state title last season with Smith playing offense and defense.

Smith missed his opportunity to compete in a Ohio State camp last summer when his friend Jaylen Johnson earned an offer. He did receive an offer the day before from Minnesota but was too sore to camp two days in a row.

Devonta Smith: Three-star cornerback explains his decision to commit to Ohio State

4/1/2020 10:25:00 PM
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Harvard Transfer Forward Seth Towns

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Seth Towns Transferring from Harvard

Seth Towns was selecting between Ohio State and Duke for his graduate years after leaving Harvard this month. Luckily for the Buckeyes, Town decided to return home and play for Chris Holtmann. He will be eligible immediately.

He is a 6’7” 215 lbs. forward who had 5 rebounds per game and shot 44% from behind the arc two years ago at Harvard should be a nice addition. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2017-2018, his sophomore season.

He was considered the number one college basketball player in the NCAA transfer portal and will get two years of eligibility in Columbus due to being injured his final two years of undergraduate work.

Towns views the program at Ohio State as a top level program. He also mentioned a relationship with Chris Holtmann that led him to return to Ohio to play for the Buckeyes. Coming out of high school, Holtmann tried to get Towns to enroll at Butler.

Ohio State Basketball 2020

The departure this offseason of freshman Alonzo Gaffney and DJ Carton from Ohio State has been tough on the program.

The addition on grad transfer Seth Towns from Harvard will soften the blow and make the Buckeyes look quite different from what has projected a month ago. Towns is a Columbus native who played at Northland High School and dreamed of playing for the Buckeyes from an early age. He considers Northland and Buckeye legend Jared Sullinger a close friend and consulted him on the move. He recently told reporters that his parents are also the biggest OSU basketball fans ever.

Next year at Center for Ohio State will feature EJ Liddell and Ibrahima Diallo with Kaleb Wesson leaving for the Pros.

And with Andre Wesson graduating, Ohio State needs a replacement and that will either be Towns or Justice Sueing, who transferred from Cal two years ago and sat out last season. Both positions need depth and having one more forward in locker-room is helpful.

Seth Towns is a SPECIAL TALENT | Harvard Crimson | Next Ones | 2017 -2018 Highlights

3/26/2020 4:47:35 PM
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CB Jakailin Johnson Ohio State and Kerry Coombs

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In a recent post to Twitter, corner back Jakailin Johnson commits to Ohio State Football 2021 class. He is from Missouri DeSmet High School. The four star recruit is the 59th best overall player in the country and 4th best cornerback in the nation. Mookie Cooper is another Ohio State player that came from Missouri (2020). Johnson is the cousin of Jameson Williams, a freshman wide receiver for the Buckeyes.

He stands at 6’0” and 168 lbs. He shows great change of direction skills and an ability to make plays on the ball.

Jakailin Johnson Recruitment

Kerry Coombs and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline recruited him for Ohio State. He becomes the first CB that the Buckeyes have recruited since Kerry Coombs came back to college football in Columbus. Other schools looking to land Johnson included Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and UCS. Johnson becomes the highest high-school ranked corner back at Ohio State since Tyreke Johnson in 2018.

Jakailin Johnson Visits

Johnson visited Columbus Ohio on June 21st. He became good friends with then defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley during the visit.

He officially visited OSU on October 5th when they played the Michigan State Spartans in the Horseshoe. After the visit Ohio State joined Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma, and Oregon as his top schools. Johnson cooled on the Buckeyes when Hafley left for a Boston College head coaching position. But when Kerry Coombs was hired by Ohio State, Johnson was back on board after a in-home visit.

Johnson also visited Clemson in March with Jordan Hancock. Hancock committed to Clemson but Johnson went in the other direction to become the center piece of the Buckeyes defensive back class.

Jakailin Johnson Highlights 2021 4 Star CB and Ohio State Commit DeSmet Junior

3/21/2020 1:29:58 PM
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Update on 4-Star Cornerback Prospect Jordan Hancock

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The state of Georgia is a virtual hot-bed for some of the nation's most elite, blue-chip athletes. At North Gwinnett High School in metro Atlanta, resides one of the most sought after prospects in the country. Viewed as a future shut-down corner at the next level, coaches and scouts are fawning over cornerback Jordan Hancock. What are the latest developments regarding the DB?

North Gwinnett Bulldogs

The North Gwinnett Bulldogs are in the highest classified grouping of high schools in the state of Georgia (7-A). Although there is so much talent and competition in Gwinnett County, North Gwinnett won the 2017 State Championship for the class AAAAAAA during Jordan Hancock's freshman year. The Bulldogs season ended last year in the semifinals when they fell to the 9th seeded Lowndes.

Jordan Hancock Ranking

Listed as 6'0" and 170 lbs., Jordan Hancock is ranked as the 5th ranked cornerback and 45th ranked player nationally for 2021 class. He is also viewed as the 9th ranked player in the state of Georgia according to 247sports.com. Hancock has great instincts and is versatile enough to play multiple spots in the secondary. Many recruiters expect him to develop into an early-round NFL draft pick.

Jordan Hancock Visits

Jordan's calendar has been booked with activities relating to his recruiting process up until recently. Most recently he was offered a scholarship by the Arkansas Razorbacks on February 19, 2020. The star defender attended Alabama's Jr. Day in Tuscaloosa, Al on February 1. A couple of days before, he had a coaches visit with Ohio State. Head coach Ryan Day, and coordinators Kerry Coombs and Al Washington had a sit down with Hancock.

Scholarship Offers for Jordan Hancock

The native of Suwanee, GA has a laundry list of suitors. The following programs have already offered him a scholarship; Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Appalachian State, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, East Carolina, Florida, FSU, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, UCF, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.

Chrystal Ball

Jordan Hancock has an official visit to Ohio State coming up scheduled for late June. 247sports.com has Ohio State listed as a 100% lock to sign him in their crystal ball predictions. The NCAA has reached it's annual recruiting dead-period, and Hancock does not have any other official visits scheduled. It appears to be a mere formality that Jordan Hancock will be a Buckeye when 2021 rolls around. Jeremy Birmingham hosted Hancock on his Birminology podcast for Lettermen Row this past Monday for an interview.


"One of the things that stands out with you on tape is your technique at corner is a little bit advanced for someone your age. Where do you get that from? Does it come naturally or what? " Birmingham asked.
"I get it from my trainer Tim Jennings. He played in the NFL a lot of years and was a pro bowler. He also played for UGA so I get it from him because he is a smaller guy, so he put all of these nuances in it since I am a larger corner. So, that's who I get it from." Hancock explained.
"I was checking some things out, and noticed that 247sports had you listed as a safety in the early going. Why do you feel like your best suited to be on the outside and on an island?" Birmingham questioned.
"Because of my athleticism. Mainly because I am a longer corner and can play the jump ball really well.""What values are you looking for in a program that are most important to you?" The podcast host asked.
"Having a strong relationship with the coach I play for. The ability to be on the same page and make a connection in a short period of time. It's important that me and the coach can click on a different level." Hancock declared.

Jordan Hancock: 4-star cornerback talks Buckeyes, Kerry Coombs, and package deal with Barrett Carter

3/5/2020 1:54:12 PM
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4-star recruit JC Latham feels right at home at OSU

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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
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How Does the Jaylen Johnson Commitment Help Ohio State

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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
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Ohio States Class of 2020 Early Signing Period

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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.

Wide Receivers

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

Tight End

Joe Royer from Cincinnati OH 6’5”220lbs 3 Star recruit

Running Back

Miyan Williams from Cincinnati, OH 5'9" 210lbs 3 Star recruit

Quarterback

CJ Stroud from Rancho Cucamonga, CA 6'4" 192lbs 4 Star recruit
Jack Miller from Scottsdale, AZ 6'4" 210lbs 4 Star recruit

Offensive Guard

Josh Fryar from Beech Grove, IN 6'5" 295lbs 3 Star recruit
Jakob James from Cincinnati, OH 6'4" 265lbs 3 Star recruit

Offensive Tackle

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

Center

Luke Wypler from Montvale, NJ 6'4" 280lbs 4 Star recruit

Line Backer

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

Kicker

Jake Seibert from Cincinnati, OH 6'1" 195lbs 3 Star recruit

Defensive Tackle

Jacolbe Cowan from Charlotte, NC 6'5" 265lbs 4 Star recruit
Darrion Henry from Cincinnati, OH 6'5" 265lbs 4 Star recruit

Defensive End

Ty Hamilton from Pickerington, OH 6'2" 254lbs 3 Star recruit

12/18/2019 3:59:25 PM
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Marvin Harrison Jr

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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
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Ben Christman On Recruiting and Staying at Home

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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
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Malaki Branham : Highschool Baller Sensation Primed for the Big League

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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
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