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Paris Johnson leaving St. Xavier for nearby Princeton High School
Ohio State’s biggest target — literally and figuratively — has made a major decision about his future. The 5-star offensive tackle, who played his first three seasons in high school at Cincinnati St. Xavier, is calling an audible for his senior season and will play at nearby Cincinnati Princeton, located just about eight miles away from his former program.
BREAKING: 5 ⭐️ @OhioStateFB commit @ParisJohnsonJr leaving St. Xavier High School after his request to graduate early and enroll in college next spring is denied. Johnson plans to attend Princeton high school next year, where he’ll graduate in December. @MonicaCLJohnson @Local12
— Adam Clements (@AClementsWKRC) May 3, 2019
While this is no doubt disappointing for the people at St. Xavier, it definitely does not come as a surprise as that school doesn’t allow early graduation — and Princeton will. Johnson’s plans have always included arriving early to Ohio State (or somewhere else, I guess, as an asterisk seems necessary these days). To do that this was a necessary move.
Aside from the fact that Johnson’s enrollment plans dictated this change, the buzz around him, Darrion Henry and Jaheim Thomas as a package deal for the last few months makes a lot more sense now that all three players are at the same school. That means the Vikings, 3-7 a year ago, now have three top-four players in Ohio on the roster. And it definitely amplifies the aforementioned buzz about the eventual landing spot for these three players.
Johnson, Thomas and Henry have made a number of visits around the country together in the last few months, and that will continue to happen as Ohio State continues to work on keeping them inside their home state.
Ohio State remains in the mix for Marcus Rosemy
The Buckeyes have two of their top receiver targets already committed in 2020. But as we’ve said for months, there is room for at least two more players at that position this cycle, and there are a number of very good, very realistic options still on the table for Ohio State.
That list includes St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) 4-star prospect Marcus Rosemy, who released his top-10 schools on Friday night.
Extremely Thankful To Be Where I Am Right Now 🙏🏾 Here’s My Top 10 Schools . pic.twitter.com/JbzpBzWGmO
— Marcus Rosemy 🌐 (@rosemy_marcus) May 3, 2019
Though Rosemy’s list is in no specific order, I think it can be reasonably assumed that the first three schools on the list are among the top overall choices. Even though Ohio State has still not received a visit from the country’s sixth-ranked wideout, the relationship between Rosemy and the Buckeyes remains strong. He was expected to come to Columbus for the Ohio State spring game, but family stuff came up that prevented it from happening.
Last week, Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline was at St. Thomas Aquinas, and according to sources in Florida, that visit went smoothly. There’s been no real change in where things stand between the two sides, but the odds for the Buckeyes will be determined by one issue: Getting up to Ohio for a visit.
Florida running back Ricky Parks fond of Ohio State
Ohio State hosted Tampa Jesuit tight end Jonathan Odom over weekend, but he’s just one prospect at the school who has some serious interest in the program. Ricky Parks, a 2021 tailback at Jesuit, was a player of interest for the Buckeyes last week during a school-day visit by tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, even if he wasn’t able to talk to Parks directly.
“I heard [Wilson] was at the school,” Parks said. “But I didn’t get to see him. I don’t like those rules, really, but I have to deal with.”
Those rules are the ones that prohibit college coaches from talking with prospects off-campus before the Sept. 1 of their junior seasons. Parks, a sophomore, hopes the Buckeyes remember him in the upcoming months.
“I don’t have an Ohio State offer yet,” he said. “That would definitely be different. That’s my dream school, I’ve been watching them since I was eight-years-old. From watching them on TV, seeing Ezekiel Elliott and Urban Meyer, I know he’s left, but I always wanted to be coached by him.”
Parks, 5-foot-11 and 200-pounds, does have seven offers at this point, a list that includes Penn State, Purdue, Iowa and South Carolina. But he remains interested in the Buckeyes and believes they will remain a powerhouse program under Ryan Day.
“An offer from Ohio State would definitely put them at the top of my mind,” he said. “And it’d make my recruitment even harder than it already is. I see it the same way as [before], they’re getting coached by a great coach.”
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