Ohio State can’t win them all, even in April. While it’s still very early in the process, the Buckeyes lost a couple recruiting battles last week when Michigan picked up tight end Ian Bunting and wide receiver Maurice Ways.
Still the scarlet and gray made its share of waves in the recruiting ocean with offers and movement in the ranks.
Here’s what has gone down in the past seven days:
Last Sunday, sophomore kicker Andrew David, who has a 55-yard field goal under his belt, said he plans on visiting an Ohio State camp in June. That said, he’s big on Michigan. National Recruiting director Tom Luginbill also broke down what the Buckeyes have done so far this recruiting season.
Urban Meyer showed he still loves Georgia athletes on Friday as he offered ESPN 150 cornerback Wesley Green and budding running back Taj Griffin from the Class of 2015. Incidentally, Green is the 18th member of the Peach State from the Class of 2014 offered by Ohio State.
Thursday brought some bad news as ESPN 150 quarterback Deshaun Watson said he’s going to hold true to his Clemson commitment. He was the only quarterback offered by the Buckeyes. ESPN 150 wide receiver Demarre Kitt, who has been high on Ohio State for a while, set an announcement date for June 10 as well.
On Wednesday, the No. 2-ranked player in the nation, Jabrill Peppers, detailed his commitment plans. News also came out that 2013 signee Ezekiel Elliott was still recruiting for the Buckeyes. This time, the ESPN 150 running back is helping with offensive tackle Brian Wallace.
Tuesday brought an offer to 2015 outside linebacker Malik Jefferson and another one to speedy sophomore cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. ESPN 150 offensive tackle David Sharpe also discussed his sudden rise to fame. It was also the day of tight ends as Bunting, Jeb Blazevich, Daniel Helm and Nic Weishar went flying off the board.
On Monday, big Texas recruit and defensive end Solomon Thomas told HornsNation he’s not in any hurry to commit to a school. That Lone Star State news paled in comparison to what happened with offensive guard Demetrius Knox when he opened his commitment back up. The former Texas commit is an Ohio native and has already visited Ohio State, putting the Buckeyes No. 2 before giving his aforementioned pledge to the Longhorns. Incidentally, Knox said there’s no way he’s going back to Texas.
ESPN 150 Artavis Scott gave an update on his recruiting and said that distance from his Florida home is not a problem. He has an Ohio State offer. Budding sophomore star Jerome Baker nabbed a Buckeyes offer and then saw his recruiting blow up in one day.