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California receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton loves Ohio State visit
Taking him at his word, California receiver Lavon Bunkley-Shelton had been waiting for the trip to Ohio State for a while.
“This Ohio State trip is my main focus,” he told Lettermen Row in February. “My family is coming with me, and it’s the only trip I have set in stone.”
That visit was last weekend for the Buckeyes spring game, and the country’s 39th-ranked receiver was blown away by his trip.
“It was better than I expected,” he said. “There were so many factors. The fans. The food. Just Columbus as a whole.
“Their awesome staff, I mean it’s already the Ohio State — and then you factor in all that. It was amazing.”
California’s 20th-ranked prospect, Bunkley-Shelton left Columbus as a player a lot of people thought could be considering a commitment to Ohio State, but that didn’t happen. Exactly how Bunkley-Shelton would fit into the Ohio State plans isn’t certain, but the program will have some time to figure that out.
This weekend the young receiver will visit Oregon, and USC remains very much in the mix as well.
Ohio State hosts Miyan Williams for a pair of visits
The Buckeyes continue to evaluate in-state talents, and there may not be a more talented young player in Ohio than Winton Woods (Cincinnati) running back Miyan Williams.
Williams is not the big, bruising running back that has come to be expected at Ohio State. But he’s a player in the mold of J.K. Dobbins, and that’s one reason why he’s been closely watched by the Buckeyes in recent weeks. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Williams visited Ohio State twice in the last week and is getting closer to running backs coach Tony Alford.
“The visits were great,” he said. “I was there for the spring game and again after. The fan base is crazy. Coach Alford is an honest guy and a great person to be around.”
The Buckeyes haven’t offered, and they want to see Williams in camp this summer. If he does that and shows what he can do, don’t be surprised if he finds himself walking away with an Ohio State offer.
“Yes, I plan to [camp there],” he said. “Ohio State has the need to keep getting to know me more as a person and a a player.”
Michigan, Kentucky, Boston College, Iowa State, Missouri and a total of 10 schools have offered Williams already.
Paris Johnson to visit Georgia again?
Prepare for another weekend of worry when it comes to 5-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson.
The 5-star Ohio State commitment has visited Georgia twice in the last six weeks and is scheduled to make an official visit this weekend as the Bulldogs bring in pretty much every big-name player imaginable for the spring game/recruiting bonanza.
Johnson was at Ohio State for its spring game last weekend, his second visit with the Buckeyes in two weeks. And according to a number of people who spoke with him and spent time with him, there remains a sense of guarded optimism that Johnson will ultimately stay home and play for the Buckeyes.
But a recruit doesn’t make three trips to another school in six weeks unless there’s something really weird going on or he is seriously considering them as a college choice. Georgia is a top-tier national program with a very charismatic and successful offensive line coach Sam Pittman leading the way to try to flip him.
I’m not suggesting a loss of sleep this Easter weekend about Johnson’s recruitment, but I am suggesting that continued visits to schools like Georgia shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
Aside from Johnson, the Bulldogs will host a bevy of Buckeyes target: 5-star running back Kendall Milton, 5-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman, 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo, 4-star cornerback Henry Gray and 4-star tight end Theo Johnson are among the many big names heading to Georgia this weekend.
2021 QB Caleb Williams takes in Ohio State spring game
We’ve talked about a host of 2021 quarterbacks over the past few months, but one that we’ve not mentioned as often as others is Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) High School 4-star Caleb Williams.
The country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback visited the Buckeyes last weekend and took in the sights and sounds of Ohio Stadium.
“It was pretty sweet,” Williams told Lettermen Row. “It met my expectations of how I thought it was going to be, but in a way it kind of exceeded my expectations — especially when I saw the support from the fans and the alumni.”
Though he’s listed a 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, Williams told Lettermen Row he’s actually 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. Seeing him in person, that was easy to believe. He’s a big, strong-looking prospect who Ohio State offered in January, the same day he was offered by Georgia and Texas A&M. Since then, the communication with the Buckeyes has remained consistent, and this past weekend’s message was to keep doing what he’s doing.
“They really like how I play,” Williams said. “They want me to just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Working hard and progressing.”
Williams said it’s “way too early” for him to start narrowing down his schools to any kind of preferred list.
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