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Clark Phillips III narrows list, Kyle McCord has Ohio State targets

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California defensive back Clark Phillips III is a major priority target for Ohio State. (Clark Phillips/Courtesy)

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Clark Phillips III narrows list, Kyle McCord has Ohio State targets

Stay in touch or be left out because Ohio State recruiting is a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week obsession. What’s the latest news as the Buckeyes build for the future? Get that and more Sunday through Thursday on Lettermen Row. Today we discuss the top targets for new quarterback commit Kyle McCord and how Ohio State stands with top defensive back target Clark Phillips.

Ohio State makes cut for top target Clark Phillips

Ohio State is still in the mix for 4-star cornerback Clark Phillips III, the country’s fourth-ranked cornerback and one of the top overall priorities for the program in the Class of 2020.

Phillips visited Columbus at the end of March. Since then, he’s been adamant that his relationship with the Ohio State staff is as good as any he has, citing Ryan Day as the head coach he’s closest with and Jeff Hafley as the position coach/area recruiter he has his best relationship with in this week’s episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

Ohio State offered the 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback in January, and it will be in line to receive an official visit from Phillips at some point in the near future, though he’s not yet planned any dates for doing so.

This recruitment still has a ways to go. But the Buckeyes are in a great position with Phillips, despite being the team furthest from home geographically.

First targets on the clock for Kyle McCord

In case you missed it Tuesday, the Buckeyes added their second commitment in the Class of 2021 when Philadelphia (Pa.) 4-star prospect Kyle McCord picked Ohio State over a host of early offers.

The addition of the 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from St. Joe’s Prep is key for Ohio State’s future. And one of the biggest factors, as he told Lettermen Row ahead of his decision, was that it allowed him to turn his focus toward building a recruiting class and getting started right now.

“Being a quarterback is all about leadership,” McCord said. “I want to lead the class and handpick the guys I want to play with in college.”

A few of the players that Ohio State hopes will join him in Columbus are already known to McCord, especially the receivers he’s planning on throwing the ball to when he suits up for the Buckeyes.

“I talked to Julian Fleming,” McCord said. “And I know the kid from Washington, [Emeka] Egbuka, and I’ve met Lorenzo Styles, met him on my first visit.”

McCord is obviously already aware of fellow 2021 prospect Marvin Harrison, Jr., a teammate of his at St. Joe’s who will also be heavily pursued moving forward. For Egbuka, one of the top targets in 2021 regardless of position, knowing who the quarterback is in his class is a major advantage.

“I think it is important, at least for me,” Egbuka said of McCord committing early. “I can get to know him and maybe get to work with him a couple of times.”

Former Florida commit Kamar Wilcoxson likes Ohio State

Ohio State may be undergoing some changes to its football program, but it remains one of the biggest names in college football. That’s why 4-star 2021 prospect Kamar Wilcoxson, a standout at Stephenson High School in Decatur (Ga.), is hoping to hear from the Buckeyes.

“I’m very interested in Ohio State,” Wilcoxson shared with Lettermen Row. “Tony Alford followed me on Twitter, and I’ve been trying to get in touch with him.”

That may be difficult since the Buckeyes can’t talk to him directly because he’s a 2021 prospect. But he’s just glad to know that Ohio State is aware of him.

Julian Nixon and Javon Baker both said it’s really nice up there,” Wilcoxson said. “I’m planning on getting up there this summer if I can get in touch with them. I like their tradition, and I was committed to Florida so I hate to say it, but that’s ‘DBU.'”

The decision to reopen his commitment after being committed to the Gators from November until last weekend wasn’t easy. But he felt it was necessary.

“Florida is my dream school,” he said. “It was a hard decision, but I felt it must have been made. They still will be a top school, but I feel the need to give other schools a shot. It was just too early, that’s part of the reason, plus some schools were holding back on recruiting me because of me being committed. About 20 coaches followed me the day I decommitted.”

Though he plays offense and defense now, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Wilcoxson knows he’ll be a defensive back in college.

“I love to hit people,” he joked. “Down the road, I’ll play defensive back, but as long as I can have fun on offense I’ll do that.”

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Hopefully he also recruits Offensive lineman and DE’s, because that’s how you win it all!

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Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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