I think Ohio State could definitely find itself circling back on a couple of defensive tackles later in the process, similar to what happened in 2015 with Davon Hamilton and Robert Landers. Columbus’ Rodas Johnson (uncommitted), DeWayne Carter (committed to Duke) and Springfield’s Isaiah Gibson (uncommitted) could all get a look. Gibson has picked up offers recently from Georgia and Florida but hasn’t earned one from Ohio State yet despite multiple camp appearances over the years. Kentucky commit Cavon Butler from Toledo Whitmer also falls in with these guys.
The Buckeyes have at least three linebackers committed at the moment, and unless one changes their mind in the near future, they’re probably done at the position. If that does happen though, there are a couple of players in state that can play ball at a high level. There’s St. Ignatius Tommy Eichenberg (committed to Boston College), and I’m a major fan of Jestin Jacobs from Northmont High School in Clayton. He’s committed to Iowa and I see him as the type of prospect that people will be asking “How’d he get out of Ohio” about in a few years. Massillon’s Jamir Thomas is the state’s 10th-ranked prospect according to 247Sports.com but he’s another player the Buckeyes have to this point not offered.
Michigan State commit Luke Fulton from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney is the prototypical Northeast Ohio-born linebacker too, he’s going to be a leader for the Spartans down the road. Dezman Cooper, a 3-star prospect from Reysnoldburg, is a Buckeyes legacy that has intriguing talent as well.
As you can see, there’s a lot of talent in Ohio. But Ohio State has chosen over the years to focus more nationally. That’s played out pretty well for the Buckeyes under Urban Meyer, hasn’t it?