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Reid Carrico set for return visit to Ohio State
It’s hard for a young player who grew up dreaming of playing for Ohio State to not commit right away when given a chance.
“It’s not really been that hard,” Carrico told Lettermen Row. “I know there are some schools I still want to visit. Still, it’s a little surreal to have [the Buckeyes offer].
“My family is all really proud of me, as you can probably imagine. But the big thing for me is just acting the same, because I was an unknown at one time and now that I have all this publicity. I try to act the exact same because they are family, friends, and teammates of Reid Carrico, not Reid Carrico the linebacker with FBS offers, if that makes sense.”
— Ironton Football (@FootballIronton) May 31, 2019
Carrico, from Ironton High School, has a mindset and approach that will remind some of Buckeyes signee Cade Stover. Like Stover, Carrico is a big, strong, fast kid from rural Ohio focused on his family, football and not a lot else. He’s not too concerned with the pomp and circumstance of recruiting and just wants to do his job.
“I’m a lot like Cade, and we’ve talked a few times — I grew up on a farm, but really it’s the area I grew up in because everyone has the same attitude,” Carrico said. “I do too. If you want to be successful, you better put your nose on the grindstone every single day.”
The grindstone means getting in work on the gridiron wherever and whenever he can. That means a camp visit to Ohio State on Thursday to work out for the Buckeyes and linebackers coach Al Washington, who he talks with almost every day. Unfortunately, a little health issue may keep him from working out, but he’ll be on campus nonetheless.
“I’m not really sure yet about camp,” he said. “I have a sinus and double ear infection and that’s kinda throwing me off, but I’m not going to delay visiting until next week, because I’ve got Michigan State camp next week.”
Luke Lachey, Joe Royer ready for chance to earn Ohio State offer
Speaking of Thursday’s camp, the Buckeyes are set to host two of the state’s top tight end prospects in what could essentially turn out to be an in-person tryout for an offer.
“I’ve been preparing and watching a lot of film,” Luke Lachey, the son of Ohio State Hall of Fame lineman Jim Lachey, told Lettermen Row. “Watching film on stuff we’ll be doing there.”
We’ve talked about it here over and over for the last few months, but the plan has been for Ohio State to take two tight ends in the Class of 2020. So, there is a chance that they could offer both Lachey and Royer, but there’s been a widespread national focus to this point which seems to point to a desire to have one national prospect and one in-state prospect at the position.
Maybe Lachey and Royer can change the direction of the search with great performances.
Texas tight end Jalin Conyers narrows list, Ohio State on it
One of the national tight ends the Buckeyes are considering is Jalin Conyers from Gruver, Texas. The country’s fifth-ranked 2020 tight end, Conyers narrowed his school choices to three late on Tuesday night after a two-week visit tour that included a stop in Columbus.
— Jalin Conyers (@J_Conyers_2020) June 5, 2019
The Buckeyes made the cut alongside Oklahoma and Georgia, another school he saw for the first time in the last two weeks. Now the focus for the 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end is scheduling his official visits.
“Official visits are coming soon,” Conyers told Lettermen Row. “I loved the campus and I loved the coaching staff at Ohio State. I can see myself playing their brand of football.”
Expect a decision from Conyers by the end of the summer.
Mookie Cooper has Buckeyes in his final five schools
How about one more list?
Mookie Cooper has quickly risen up the list of Ohio State priorities, and on Tuesday night the diminutive but talented St. Louis receiver unleashed his top-five schools on Twitter.
— Mookie Cooper (@uheardof5) June 5, 2019
Cooper made an unofficial visit to Ohio State in May, and the program made a big move in his recruitment as of late. But to this point only USC has an official visit scheduled with him. Cooper has mentioned previously that he plans to visit Ohio State, Miami and others officially during the season.
But will his recruitment last that long? Some close to the young receiver, who was visited by Brian Hartline at a St. Louis-area satellite camp last Friday night, think a commitment could happen before the end of the summer.
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