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Dotting the ‘Eyes: Marcus Washington sets date, Ohio State in mix for talented linemen

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Kansas 2020 OL Turner Corcoran during an Ohio State visit in June. (Turner Corcoran/Courtesy)

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Dotting the ‘Eyes: Marcus Washington sets date, Ohio State in mix for talented linemen

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No decision delay after all for Marcus Washington

Ohio State will not have to wait too much longer for a decision from one of its top remaining 2019 wide receiver targets.

St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic 4-star wideout Marcus Washington will make his college decision on Aug. 7. While in Dallas for The Opening, Washington told Lettermen Row that he wasn’t sure of that timeline and was considering a decision later in the process in order to make more college visits.

“At first, I was trying to commit before the season, but I haven’t been able to get up to every school,” he said. “If I don’t end up committing toward the end of the summer, it’ll probably be toward the end of the season before signing day.”

Scratch that. Washington, the country’s No. 26-ranked wide receiver according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, is a top Ohio State target. The Buckeyes currently hold 100 percent of the predictions on the 247Sports.com crystal ball, but the home-state Missouri Tigers are a real player in this recruitment.

Washington isn’t giving anything away about his decision, but there was a little back-and-forth between he and Odessa (Texas) Permian 3-star Peyton Powell late Monday night on Twitter that could be viewed as encouraging.

That is Powell and Washington seemingly recruiting one another. To which school? That’s up to you to decide, Super Friends.

Turner Corcoran still feels good about Ohio State

The visit that Kansas 2020 offensive lineman Turner Corcoran took to Ohio State in early June was an eye-opener for the country’s No. 80 prospect.

“It was phenomenal,” Corcoran told Lettermen Row. “They had everything that I could have imagined and more.”

Now, six weeks following that trip, Corcoran is set for another set of key visits. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman will head to Clemson, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. His feelings on the Buckeyes haven’t changed to this point, but with three offensive linemen now committed to Ohio State, he’s forced to think about potential college choices a bit more pragmatically.

“My interest level hasn’t changed since when I visited in June,” Corcoran told Lettermen Row. “But some close friends and family have asked what my thoughts were on [the three linemen committed]. I thought it was great, really.”

Great? That’s not exactly what might have been expected, but it could be because a handful of Ohio State commitments have begun reaching out to the Lawrence Free State High School product.

“I’ve been talking with Paris Johnson Jr., Jake Wray, and Luke Wypler quite a bit,” he said. “Also in contact with Kane Patterson and Harry Miller, they’re good people to talk to.”

Corcoran has also maintained contact with Buckeyes offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. There was plenty of discussion in the past about how he’d fit into the Ohio State offensive plans.

“I talked with coach Studrawa, keeping in touch to keep building a good relationship,” Corcoran said. “We’ve talked about the commitments. He said I would play tackle for them back when I visited.”

The good thing about recruiting along the offensive line? A program knows it will need four to five guys, and most schools will sign that many, so the numbers aren’t nearly as much of a deterrent as it would be if he were playing running back or another position.

Ohio State will host Washington 4-star OL Geirean Hatchett

While we’re focusing on The Slobs and those who the Buckeyes would like to earn that title, let’s move to the very northwest of the Pacific Northwest and Ferndale, Wash.

That little villa of just about 12,000 folks is where 4-star guard Geirean Hatchett calls home. Hatchett is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound interior lineman with 22 scholarship offers already, including Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and most of the West Coast.

The country’s No. 7-ranked guard in the Class of 2020, Hatchett will head east at the end of July to make a trio of college visits that will include Ohio State.

“I’ll be at Notre Dame on the 25th, then at Ohio State the 26th and into the 27th, then up to Michigan,” Hatchett told Lettermen Row. “Obviously I know the tradition and reputation for each of those schools, but other than spending a week at USA Football Development camp in Canton a couple summers ago, I’m not really familiar with that area. I look forward to seeing the area around those schools and getting a feel for each school’s campus, coaching staff and academics.”

Studrawa has been involved with Hatchett thus far. The lack of face-to-face communication has been a hinderance for Ohio State’s pursuit to this point, but with the coming Sept. 1 communication changes, the discussions should get more frequent. Infrequency hasn’t meant lack of value, though, to this point.

“I mostly connect with Coach Stud, once or twice a month,” he said. “I will also talk to [Ohio State director of player personnel Mark] Pantoni every once in a while. I really look forward to getting on campus and meeting the staff in person.”

When he arrives in Columbus, expect Hatchett to be greeted by a friendly face from another recent college visit.

“Paris is on me every day,” Hatcher said with a laugh. “I think we’ll get to see each other there on July 27 . I got to know him a bit on a trip to USC. I like Paris a lot.”

What Johnson hasn’t been able to talk with Hatchett about is numbers and fit. That’s more of a discussion for Studrawa.

“I haven’t talked to the coaches about the others committed yet, and what that means numbers wise or my fit there,” he said. “Our conversations are good, though. [Studrawa] is always excited to speak with me and I look forward to being around him in person and talking some football.”

If this trip to Ohio State goes well for Hatchett, a return to see it during the season for a game could be on tap. If that were to happen, don’t be surprised if 5-star defensive prospect Sav’ell Smalls were to accompany him. Smalls was featured in Dotting the ‘Eyes last week.

“Sav’ell and I talk a bit, and we actually made a trip together out to Alabama,” Hatchett said. “He was possibly going to go on this trip with me and my dad, but the dates didn’t work out. He already was going to visit the Florida schools.”

Ohio State hasn’t made its way to Washington much for recruiting purposes, but it is rare that two talents like Smalls and Hatchett develop up there at the same time. Smalls has Ohio roots, so the idea of him leaving that region of the country for the Midwest or anywhere else isn’t hard to fathom. For Hatchett, those natural ties aren’t there, but he’s still willing to go anywhere that feels right.

“It really comes down to finding the one place I feel just fits me the best, whether that’s closer to home or not,” he added. “I recognize I am lucky enough to have some great opportunities in front of me. I just want to make sure I find the best place for me and my family.”

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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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