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Final Call: Will it be Ohio State for Lathan Ransom?
The Buckeyes are one day away from discovering if their efforts to land 4-star safety Lathan Ransom will pay off.
Ransom is Arizona’s fifth-ranked 2020 prospect, the country’s fourth-ranked safety and the teammate of 5-star tailback Bijan Robinson, who will make his own college announcement on Aug. 2. On the list of safety prospects, the Ohio State coaching staff has prioritized the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Ransom for months, and that led to a pair of trips to Columbus for him and his father, including an official visit last month.
It was that trip which seemed to turn Ransom’s recruitment on its head. Prior to the official with Ohio State, it was supposedly Texas that had moved into the lead position to land the star defensive back. But a chance to get more comfortable on campus with the Buckeyes and to further his relationship with his lead recruiters Ryan Day and Jeff Hafley led to a renewed sense of optimism in Columbus.
But recruiting is a weird world, and so many times the momentum a school picks up during a big recruiting weekend is lost almost as quickly as it was gained. Heck, that happened to Texas in this very situation — but it has not happened to the Buckeyes here.
Maybe it’s the dead period that has kept Ohio State at the front of the list as no other visits were able to occur. Maybe it was just a sense of finding everything he wanted with the Buckeyes. But either way, this seems to be trending in one definitive direction with a decision coming on Tuesday.
Final Call: Buckeyes.
Are Buckeyes out for Vernon Broughton?
Houston defensive lineman Vernon Broughton has been one of the top targets for the Buckeyes and defensive line coach Larry Johnson for a while because of his size, speed and the overall uniqueness of his talents.
Ohio State and Johnson both made an impact on Broughton during his June official visit. And for the last few weeks, there had been some unexpected concern from Texas-area folks who began to wonder if the Buckeyes could be a real threat to land the 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman.
It doesn’t appear that they are, though. Despite the push by Johnson, Broughton appears ready to make his college decision and is focusing on a pair of in-state programs: Texas and Texas A&M.
The Buckeyes will bring in more defensive linemen in the Class of 2020, but the group will not include Vernon Broughton.
Top Ohio State target Kourt Williams closing in on decision
Though he has not announced a commitment date of his own, Buckeyes target Kourt Williams is nearing a college decision.
“I’m getting close,” Williams told Lettermen Row.
The recruiting process can be arduous, but the country’s 12th-ranked outside linebacker and a potential fit for Ohio State’s Bullet position has maintained his cool throughout it all.
“I’ve been able to focus on real life some,” Williams said. “I just have to keep everything in perspective and organized.”
Ohio State targets committing elsewhere
We mentioned previously that Grandview Heights tight end Luke Lachey had committed to Iowa at the end of last week, but he was not the only Ohio State target to make his college decision in the last few days.
4-star tight end Jalin Conyers committed to Oklahoma on Friday. His recruitment ended as it was expected to, and the addition of Joe Royer to the Ohio State recruiting class two weeks ago all but ended any chance of an upset happening.
Sam Adams II, a teammate of Buckeyes verbal Gee Scott, Jr., committed to Washington on Sunday. The 4-star running back took an official visit to Ohio State in June but was behind a few names on the recruiting board for the program. Though Scott is very firmly committed to Ohio State, it will nonetheless be interesting to watch what happens from here as Adams and others try to convince him to consider staying home.
Washington just recently offered Scott, and there’s no real reason for concern at this point for Ohio State. But it’ll surely lead to some interesting conversations in the future.
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