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Colorado lineman Roger Rosengarten will visit in April
Ohio State will host one of the dozens of offensive tackles the program has offered in the Class of 2020.
OK, it’s not been that many, but that’s not changing the fact that Valor Christian (Littleton, Colo.) 4-star prospect Roger Rosengarten has scheduled his first visit to the school for mid-March. He’ll be on campus March 19.
“I’ve mostly been talking to [Ohio State running backs coach Tony] Alford and [offensive line coach Greg] Studrawa,” the 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle told Lettermen Row. “I got on the phone with Ryan Day once.”
Ohio State offered Rosengarten on the last day of January, and the country’s 20th-ranked prospect is looking forward to his visit. But his trip to Columbus is just one of many stops he’ll be making in March and April.
He was just at Nebraska and will be going to Oregon, UCLA, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa and Oklahoma. He’s using the opportunity to compare and contrast the schools he’s interested in.
“I don’t really have a list,” he said. “But I guess some cliché things: Facilities, coaches, players, etc. Just the whole spiel.”
Recruiting comes down to comfort and relationships, though, not the bells and whistles. And that’s why it’s important for Ohio State to connect with Rosengarten through Studrawa.
“I know Stud is a great coach and that he has a lot of good values,” Rosengarten said. “I can tell he is very technical, which is a great thing in a coach.”
Right now Notre Dame is likely in the driver’s seat for Rosengarten, and the Buckeyes may get just one chance to put themselves in the mix.
Ohio State offers Texas star Jalen Kimber
Way back in September, a group of Texas prospects made a visit to Jerry World to see Ohio State play TCU, including commit Jaxon Smith-Njigba. One of them that was in attendance was Mansfield Timberview (Arlington) cornerback Jalen Kimber.
Fast forward to Monday night. After months of talking, Ohio State pulled the trigger and offered the 6-foot, 170-pound Kimber.
— JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) March 4, 2019
The offer comes on the heels of an eye-opening performance by the No. 26-ranked cornerback in his class at the Dallas regional camp for Nike’s The Opening.
— JALEN KIMBER (@J_BOOGIE_5) March 4, 2019
A 7-on-7 teammate of Smith-Njigba’s, Kimber trains with Clay Mack, who helped craft Jeffrey Okudah into who he is for the Buckeyes. And the offer from Ohio State is a big one for Kimber.
“It means a lot to me,” Kimber told Lettermen Row. “I’ve been talking to them for a minute between the old coaching staff and now [Ohio State co-defensive coordinator coach Jeff] Hafley. Ohio State is a huge offer to me. The history of the program speaks for itself. Great education, always a contender and what they produce at cornerback is known to everyone.”
Kimber is hoping to get a visit to the school planned soon. But more than that, he’s just wanting to build his relationship with Hafley. That will give the Buckeyes a chance to get into his top group of schools.
“Texas, SMU, TCU and Arkansas are all pretty even as of right now,” he said. “I just need time with Ohio State, same as Oklahoma. I feel like Hafley is a great coach and somebody who will develop you into a great player and young man. After [the offer] I’m going to talk to them a lot.”
Lineman Bryn Tucker hearing more from Ohio State
Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High School is one of the best programs in Tennessee. It’s a place the Buckeyes have gotten to know well recently. and they’re starting once again to pick up communication with one of that school’s best prospects.
“Ohio State has been in touch with me a ton as of late,” 4-star lineman Bryn Tucker told Lettermen Row. “We’ve been texting about each day. Coach Stud and [assistant line coach Eric] Miscuda.
“They really want me up there. They said they’ve watched my film and they love the way I play.”
Tucker is the country’s seventh-ranked offensive guard and has offers from 22 schools — including LSU, Clemson, Notre Dame and others. He visited Ohio State as a freshman in high school but he hasn’t been back since. That could change soon as he builds a bond with Studrawa and Miscuda.
“If I feel it’s a good time to visit, I will,” he said. “I’ve gained great relationships with Studrawa on the phone. I felt like I’ve known him a while.”
Lineman Anton Harrison has Ohio State in top-six schools
Staying with the offensive line, Archbishop Carroll (Washington D.C.) 4-star lineman Anton Harrison released his top six schools on social media Monday evening.
Top 6👀 *Recruitment still open* pic.twitter.com/wVThx1Kk9x
— SOS (@Ayee_Tonn) March 4, 2019
Ohio State made the cut for the 6-foot-5, 330-pound Ole Miss legacy. The Buckeyes offered last May. There is a need for two to three more offensive linemen in the Class of 2020 for Ohio State, and if Harrison wants to be a part of that, he’ll need to make his way to campus in Columbus sometime soon.