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2019 QB J.P. Andrade could land Ohio State offer
In case you missed it on Thursday night, Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin is moving on from the program. The redshirt freshman added his name to the NCAA transfer portal this week with the intention of transferring to a school closer to his Texas home.
With Baldwin moving on, a handful of graduate-transfers are worth looking at for the Buckeyes. But if another player with one remaining year of eligibility is brought into the program, that still leaves Ohio State in a similar position for 2020: With only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
That could be the reason why the Buckeyes have been kicking the tires on Bonita (La Verne, Calif.) High School 2019 3-star prospect J.P. Andrade, a 6-foot-3. 200-pound player who had preferred walk-on opportunities at Florida after throwing for almost 10,000 yards during his time at Bonita.
Andrade was at the Ohio State spring game, but that wasn’t his first visit to Ohio this spring and it may not be his last.
“I also took a visit two weeks ago,” Andrade told Lettermen Row. “I enjoyed every minute of that visit as well. Then the coaching staff invited me out to the spring game, and of course I had to come to check it out. It was great.”
Andrade had scholarship offers, but for various reasons opted not to sign with any school to this point. That could potentially be to Ohio State’s benefit.
“[There were] different situations that didn’t fit for me at the other schools,” Andrade said. “I have to do what’s best for me, and waiting was the best option. Ohio State is interested in me, but they haven’t offered as of right now.
“The coaches told me I should know by the middle of May, and I’m excited for any opportunity coming my way. I’m just praying and working hard and hoping for the best because I hope to make my decision soon.”
Lathan Ransom, Bijan Robinson set official visits to Ohio State
A pair of top targets have locked in their official visits at Ohio State.
Unexpectedly, though, Robinson and Ransom will head to Ohio on back-to-back weekends, not together. Ransom told Lettermen Row he’ll be traveling to Ohio State on June 21. That is likely the weekend of Friday Night Lights in Columbus this summer.
“We tried to make it work [together],” he said. “But it just couldn’t be made possible.”
Ransom took his first official visit last weekend to Oklahoma, and he will travel to LSU next weekend. The Buckeyes are one of the schools working for his signature and continue to compete against Notre Dame and others. The Irish may not get an official visit for Ransom, but that’s because he knows they’re locked into the top of his list.
“Notre Dame is without a doubt a top-5 school for me,” he said. “So I might see another school [for an official visit] just because I already know that about Notre Dame.”
Ohio State remains very much in the mix for Robinson and Ransom, but it hasn’t hosted Robinson yet. So his official visit will be a major moment in that recruitment. He was trying to arrange a visit to Columbus for the Easter weekend, but those plans fell through.
Ohio State offers 2021 lineman from Michigan
The Buckeyes were once a pretty big deal at Oak Park (Mich.) High School. Former quarterback Dwan Mathis was once heading to Ohio State, and the program was the supposed leader for 5-star 2020 prospect Justin Rogers and 4-star receiver Maliq Carr.
Despite losing of their cachet in the Detroit-area high school after losing Mathis, the Buckeyes aren’t abandoning their efforts to recruit Oak Park, which remains one of the region’s most talented programs. On Thursday, Ohio State offered 2021 two-way lineman Rayshaun Benny.
— Rayshaun Benny 🤩 (@Rayshaun_Benny) April 18, 2019
“I was offered by Greg Mattison,” Benny told Lettermen Row. “It’s a great feeling. It’s a great honor to be offered by Ohio State. I’m looking forward to going down there [for a visit].”
Benny has yet to see Ohio State in person, but he’s familiar with the legacy there — and that draws his attention.
“I’m familiar with their program, they are one of the elite programs in the country,” he said. “I know Ohio State — they only want the best of the best — so this offer means everything to me.”
Ohio State offered the 6-foot-4, 260-pound sophomore as an offensive lineman.
Ohio State hosts 2021 in-state star Ben Christman
Though he couldn’t make it to Ohio State for the Buckeyes spring game last weekend, Revere (Richfield) 2021 offensive tackle Ben Christman was in Columbus on Thursday.
— Ben Christman (@bigbenchristman) April 19, 2019
“It was great to see [offensive line coach Greg] Studrawa again,” Christman said. “We didn’t talk much due to NCAA rules, so he mainly talked with my coach.”
Christman is a candidate to become a 5-star prospect in the Class of 2021, and he is one of the top priorities for the Buckeyes at his position regardless of class. Every visit to Columbus for him right now is about getting familiar with the vibe around campus, especially when he’s unable to work on building relationships because of NCAA regulations. As a big-time prospect from a small town, he’s not overwhelmed by the metropolis-type feel of Ohio State. That was one of the underlying issues for the Buckeyes in the recruitment of Doug Nester, for example.
“I’m not overwhelmed by the size of Ohio State,” he said. “I appreciate the city vibe and the amount of activity that goes on in Columbus.”
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