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Today’s Ohio State recruiting Question of the Day
Welcome back to the Recruiting Question of the Day here at Lettermen Row. Because of Nike’s The Opening and the Fourth of July holiday, it’s been a week or so since we’ve had this feature but it will be back like normal from here on out. Today’s question comes from Twitter:
I'm still curious why the staff chose to accept Bryson Shaw's commitment while still chasing Nick Cross, Dax Hill, and other (much) higher ranked DBs. I've been asking for a while but haven't seen a straight answer from anyone
— Mavis Forbes (@mavisf0rbes) July 5, 2018
Let me preface this response with a standard disclaimer:
If Ohio State accepts a commitment from any prospect in the country, it’s because the coaching staff believes he is capable of contributing to the football program in Columbus in a substantial way. There are no courtesy offers, no sympathy commitments, etc.
With Shaw, I get what you’re saying, at least from a star-chasing, look-at-the-rankings perspective. He’s a 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, though that service’s rankings have him as a 4-star prospect and a top 20 (No. 17) safety. His lack of offers (11) and the fact that a year ago he was a better lacrosse prospect than football prospect don’t help the perception.
But what is Bryson Shaw when the pads come on? Truth be told, he’s a pretty damned good football player and a very special athlete. He’s a long, rangy defensive back that can flat out run. His high school coach at The Bullis School in Potomac (Md.), Pat Cilento, shared with Lettermen Row a little insight into Shaw.
“Bryson is the most competitive person I have ever been around,” Cilento said. “He is also one of the fastest guys I have coached with the ball in his hands.”
When you’re checking off what the Buckeyes want in a defensive back, those two things are pretty much numbers one and two: Competitive and Fast.
Is he Dax Hill or Nick Cross? No, probably not, but Cross wants to play in warm weather. And Hill plays in Oklahoma — unlike Josh Proctor, he’s not going to leave that state for college. Shaw wanted to be at Ohio State and the coaching staff wanted the same.
That should be the only answer you need, in my opinion.
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