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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Who do we get out of Johnson, Fleming, Sherman, and Milton? #RecruitingQuestionoftheDay
— Kyle Rupp (@k_rupp23) May 5, 2019
The Buckeyes have one current 5-star commitment thanks to offensive tackle Paris Johnson, and there are many other top-tier talents still in the mix for Ryan Day. Ohio State remains one of the country’s most successful programs on the recruiting trail and have hosted a number of key targets throughout the spring with the hopes of firmly establishing itself as as a team to beat for commitments.
So, while I could definitely go down the list of each prospective option, I’m going to spend my time focusing only on those specific targets. Remember, recruiting is an inexact science. And since we’re dealing with the fleeting emotions of teenagers, we should always stress that things can and will change.
Let’s begin with the things that I feel most confident about: 5-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman is not going to pick the Buckeyes. He will end up committing to Georgia in the relatively near future as the Bulldogs have been in a prime position in this recruitment since Urban Meyer’s retirement. Ohio State hasn’t been able to overcome that.
Paris Johnson, despite the overtures and flirtations elsewhere, remains committed to Ohio State. I believe at the end of the day that he will sign with the Buckeyes. Johnson has taken an official visit to Georgia and will be heading to LSU for another visit in the upcoming weeks, and the Tigers are one program right now that I think could be a real threat.
The recruiting efforts for Kendall Milton have not slowed down at all since his early April unofficial visit. The Buckeyes were able to withstand a bevy of visits he took to SEC country with stops at LSU, Alabama and Georgia — all teams that look to be major factors in his decision from now until signing day. I’ve spoken to a couple of different sources about Milton’s recruitment, and though no one at Ohio State believes he’s near a decision yet, there remains confidence that the situation is as good as any and that the program remains in a very good position. Am I confident enough in that to say definitively that Ohio State will land Milton? No, but the Buckeyes are very much in the conversation.
Finally, the status of Julian Fleming and the Buckeyes remains very much what it’s been for a few months now. Yes, there are six finalists on Fleming’s list, but for months the people I trust the most have been adamant that this recruitment is a two-team race between Ohio State and Clemson with Penn State, Georgia, Alabama and Oregon on the periphery of that leading duo. There’s no announced commitment date at this point for Fleming, and he’s expected to visit Georgia at the end of May. That trip could switch things up potentially, but the Buckeyes and the Tigers are the teams battling in this recruitment. I believe he picks Ohio State, whenever a choice is made, as I’ve been writing here since last November when I put in a “crystal ball” for Fleming to the Buckeyes.
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