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Donovan Jackson on his Ohio State commitment
It was just hours after the Buckeyes 27-16 win over Penn State when Donovan Jackson committed to the Ohio State coaching staff. That meeting turned quite emotional for the country’s top-ranked 2021 guard prospect.
“I told them the day after the Penn State game that I wanted to become a Buckeye,” Jackson told Lettermen Row of his commitment. “Both coaches — Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa — jumped out of their seats. Coach Day was hugging my family. Coach Stud was fist-pumping the air.
“My mom was crying for the majority of my meeting with Coach Day.”
Jackson’s mother and father each hail from Ohio and there is no doubt that family connection helped keep Ohio State on Jackson’s shortlist. Ultimately though the decision was about one thing.
“Watching the traditions, the atmosphere taking place is different from other universities,” Jackson said. “But it’s the bond, or the Brotherhood, that the team has. That is what sold me on Ohio State.
“I have had the best relationship with [Buckeyes offensive line coach] Greg Studrawa throughout this process which ultimately lead to my decision. It’s how he develops his players and treats them like you’re a part of his family.”
Jackson became close with fellow Ohio State commitment Ben Christman and a few other offensive line targets during that November visit and says he’s ready and willing to help bring in the rest of what could be a mega-talented offensive line group in 2021.
“I’m not looking to talk someone’s ear off because I never appreciated it, but if a coach tells me to go after someone I’ll provide the facts that Ohio State is a great place to be developed,” Jackson said. “I’m already talking to Texas recruits about taking visits and developing interests.”
Monkell Goodwine very interested in Ohio State
Ohio State continues to make a good impression on Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy defensive end Monkell Goodwine, the country’s No. 8-ranked strongside defensive end in the Class of 2021.
“I’ve been talking to Mark Pantoni a lot lately,” Goodwine told Lettermen Row. “We just talk about our day, having a genuine conversation. I’m definitely coming to Ohio State for a visit soon. They are one of my top schools.”
The development and success of Chase Young has, as expected, made a big impact on the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Goodwine.
“Chase Young impacts me big time,” Goodwine said. “He makes me want to go to Ohio State. That’s how much he impacts it. I want to be just like him.”
To be like Young, Goodwine will need to continue growing his relationship with Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson and a part of that is getting himself to Columbus for the visit he’s talked about making for months.
“Coach Johnson and I talk from time to time,” he said. “He was at my school sometime last month. I am hopefully coming up in April or May.”
Ohio State on the list for top prospect Demeioun Robinson
Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) High School defensive end Demeioun Robinson is also hoping to get back to Columbus soon. He recently included Ohio State in a Top Schools list he released on Twitter.
— Demeioun Robinson (@chopyoungbull) January 7, 2020
The No. 5-ranked weakside defensive end in the country, Robinson has been a top priority for Ohio State in this cycle and continues to be. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete with offers from Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Texas A&M and others, the interest in the Buckeyes for Robinson is simple, he says.
“Larry Johnson is the best defensive line coach in America,” Robinson told Lettermen Row. “So, why not get coached by the best to become to best? There’s no plan yet but I’ll definitely be visiting again soon.”
Robinson is a teammate of 4-star defensive tackle prospect Marcus Bradley at Quince Orchard. Bradley visited Ohio State twice in November.
Kaden Prather has extensive top schools list
Let’s stay in Maryland for one more section and talk Kaden Prather, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver from Northwest High School in Germantown.
Prather is the country’s No. 49-ranked receiver prospect in the Class of 2021 and he also took to Twitter in the last few days to announce a top schools list, a list of 11 schools.
I done seen too many mommas cry that's why I gotta get it , I dont want that to be mine .. TOP 11 📍 pic.twitter.com/2cflhe4hCq
— KADEN PRATHER (@KADEN3TIMESSS) January 9, 2020
That list is likely to change though, as Prather has picked up offers from Michigan and Nebraska shortly after announcing that Top 11.
Ohio State has a very short list of receiver targets in 2021 and that group includes 5-star talents like Beaux Collins and Emeka Egbuka and 3-star Troy Stellato. That trio has long been considered the most likely to round out the recruiting class for the Buckeyes, who already have wide receiver verbals from Jayden Ballard and Marvin Harrison.
Prather has not yet been to campus at Ohio State but was he to make that trip, there’s a real shot he could elevate himself into that top group of targets for receivers coach Brian Hartline.
Keep an eye on Prather moving forward.
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