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Decision made or not, Jager Burton is waiting to announce
We wrote last week about the rising intrigue in Jager Burton’s recruitment as the country’s No. 8-ranked offensive guard remains a top priority for Ohio State in its top-ranked 2021 class.
The Buckeyes, along with Kentucky, have been two of the teams in contention for the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Burton for much of the last year. That battle seems to be drawing nearer to a conclusion.
I'm getting closer to a decision be patient with me!
— Jager Burton (@jager_burton) May 6, 2020
Burton’s recruitment has seen some ups and downs, and his commitment timeline has changed a few times. But he told Lettermen Row that even if he does know where he’s going to end up — and right now he still doesn’t — he won’t be making any kind of public declaration until at least August, when was when he initially planned to announce a choice.
“Even if I know,” Burton said. “I’m waiting until then.”
Dekel Crowdus, a teammate of Burton’s, committed to Kentucky on Sunday. His fellow linemate at Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School, Walker Parks, is a Clemson signee. He’s been to Ohio State multiple times and has a very solid relationship not only with Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa, but also with the members of the Buckeyes 2021 class.
All those things are important, as he said on Birminology last month, so there’s still a lot of things for Jager Burton to sort out. For now, though, it appears he’s still willing to wait that out until August.
Ohio State chatting with local tight end
It’s been said over and over that Ohio State is looking for a second tight end in the Class of 2021. And while Tennessee standout Hudson Wolfe may be at the top of the board, the Buckeyes do have a number of good options closer to home, including Wadsworth 3-star prospect Mitchell Evans.
Evans is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound athlete who plays quarterback for the Grizzlies. But he has the potential to play a number of other spots in college. He had a big spring and summer planned on the visit and camp front, but he’s been slowed down a bit because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recruiting dead periods caused by it.
“It’s starting to slow down because of this whole virus thing,” Evans told Lettermen Row. “It’s really annoying. Some new schools have jumped in the mix, and I believe more are going to. I have narrowed down some schools and all, but nothing really close to figuring out a decision.”
One of the major holdups for Evans is the inability to get in front of the coaches at Ohio State. He’s doing the best he can to grow a relationship with them, however, in the hopes that it could help lead to something more substantive down the road.
“I’ve been talking to coach Kevin Wilson and [Ohio State staff member Tim] Hinton about two or three times a week,” Evans said. “And I’ve been sending them some videos of me working out.”
If the Buckeyes are able to find some way to have an on-campus camp this summer, it’s a safe bet that Mitchell Evans will be there to let the Ohio State staff see him work out in person.
Trevor Carter is name to know for Ohio State in 2023
Another in-state player to know, though a little further down the road, is 2023 linebacker prospect Trevor Carter, who plays at Ironton along with current Buckeyes commit Reid Carrico. Like his senior teammate, Carter — a 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman — makes no bones about his loyalties to Ohio State.
“Like many Ohio kids, Ohio State is my dream offer,” Carter, who has early offers from Arkansas and Pittsburgh, told Lettermen Row. “I am all Buckeye.
“I’ve heard from them a little bit. They sent a couple pictures and letters earlier this year, I’d love to hear from them more, though.”
Carrico has been the model for Carter. The two play the same positions on offense — running back — and on defense. Carrico’s recruitment and commitment to Ohio State has shown there’s a path to making the Buckeyes dream come true if it’s worked for — and that’s something that drives his young protege.
“Reid is a very special athlete and leader for this group. My coaches tell me they expect me to step up and lead with Reid this year to get our team back to Canton and finish the job,” Carter said. “It also gave me greater drive to push myself harder in the weight room, film room and on the track to improve every aspect of my game.
“Him committing to Ohio State gave me great hope that I could someday hear from the Buckeyes and have a possible opportunity to come to Columbus and contribute to bringing another national championship to our great Buckeye State.”
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