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Enokk Vimahi heading to Ohio State official visit
Ohio State will have one official visitor this weekend as the Buckeyes prepare for the final two-week sprint to signing day.
— Enokk "Inoke" Vimahi (@enokkvimahi) January 23, 2019
Kahuku (Hawaii) High School 4-star offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi is heading to Columbus — and could be the final official visitor for the Buckeyes in the Class of 2019.
Ohio State’s search for more offensive linemen has taken it to the western reaches of the country, and this weekend will be a major opportunity to try to steal the nation’s seventh-ranked offensive guard away from West Coast-favorite USC and Oklahoma, which has been surging in recent weeks.
The Buckeyes will hope that a glaring need for offensive linemen and the fact that Ryan Day has been personally handling Vimahi’s recruitment will be enough to offset the concerns of moving 4,500 miles away from home.
This is expected to the final visit for Vimahi as he prepares for a Feb. 6 decision.
Doug Nester, Dawand Jones prepare to visit Penn State
Vimahi is one of the three players still being actively recruited by Ohio State in this cycle, and the other two are each headed to Penn State this weekend for official visits.
Ohio State commit Doug Nester is going to make his third visit to Penn State since September. For the Buckeyes, it’s likely to be the trip that decides his eventual recruiting fate, even if he does make a visit to Virginia Tech over the Feb. 2 weekend. We’ve written ad nauseam about Nester in recent weeks, and one way or another, we’re closing in on the end of the discomfort that the Ohio State coaching staff has to be feeling about his status.
Buckeyes target Dawand Jones will also head to Penn State this weekend, taking an official visit that he told Lettermen Row could happen when we talked to him earlier this week.
— Dawand Jones (@dawand_jones) January 24, 2019
“Ohio State is still my top school,” Jones said. “It’s between Penn State and Florida for my last official visit.”
Well, it will be Penn State. And there’s yet another layer of intrigue to this weekend in Pennsylvania as two of Ohio State’s top remaining targets will get the full-on sales pitch by James Franklin and the Nittany Lions.