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5-star running back Kendall Milton sets his Ohio State visit
In Wednesday afternoon’s version of Dotting the ‘Eyes, we attempted to make sense of an ambiguous tweet by 5-star running back Kendall Milton wherein he referenced some upcoming news that would involve the Buckeyes.
The question now becomes when it happens, and I think for Ohio State’s purposes, the best decision isn’t to have him in when there’s a lot of distractions to take the focus away from Milton. The March 23 weekend that the Buckeyes are setting up or the spring game weekend, then, wouldn’t really make sense.
Well, it seems we were on the right track after all. Milton, the nation’s second-ranked running back, announced on Twitter he’d be in Columbus in early April.
— Kendall Milton💕 (@_KendallMilton) March 13, 2019
Expect for Milton’s visit to actually be a little longer than just one day, since travel to and from California generally means arriving the night before and leaving the day after, so this trip should stretch into three separate days.
Milton told Lettermen Row that he’s making the visit with his father and that it was “most definitely” a big trip for the Buckeyes as they try to become a real player in this recruitment.
Top Ohio State target Mitchell Melton preparing for March trip
A 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker, Melton was offered by Ohio State just days before Urban Meyer retired and has more than 20 total scholarship opportunities total, including Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas A&M. His recruitment by the Buckeyes has seen some ups and downs as coaching changes occurred, but he’s remained a consistent target.
“It was a really weird coincidence, but it doesn’t change anything,” Melton said. “I have a great relationship with them. I talk Coach Day and [linebackers coach Al] Washington.
“The Ohio State staff has shown a great amount of love. I felt equally wanted by both staffs throughout the process.”
Melton visited the Buckeyes in November and watched them take on Michigan from Ohio Stadium.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “The biggest thing that stood out was definitely the was that it felt like a big family and that everyone knew and cared for each other.”
The Buckeyes have recruited Maryland very hard over the last few years. But if they’re going to land Melton, it’s going to be because of how he feels about Ohio State, not how players like Chase Young, Dwayne Haskins and Isaiah Prince have succeeded in Columbus.
“It doesn’t really change how I view the school,” he said. “I know there are superstars around the country, and it only matters if you are willing to put in the work.”
For Melton and the Buckeyes, the biggest obstacle could be overcoming the push from Maryland, a program that’s begun to push very hard with its own coaching change. Melton suggested he’s not feeling any pressure to stay home, though, and believes he has his next visit set to Ohio State.
“We’re aiming for the 26th of this month,” he said.
Ohio State still in conversation with Bangally Kamara
Another player that was discussed on Wednesday was Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn) 3-star athlete William Mohan.
Mohan is one of the players being considered for Ohio State’s new Bullet position because of his ability to play linebacker, safety or a combination of those spots. And another possibility for that role is Akron East standout Bangally Kamara.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Kamara has seen a recent uptick in his conversation with the Buckeyes and is aiming for a spring practice visit in the next few weeks.
“Me and Coach Washington been talking a lot,” Kamara told Lettermen Row. “I’ve got a good relationship with them. A lot of the conversation was about just building a relationship. Mostly I’ve talked with Coach Washington and Tim Hinton.”
Michigan, Cincinnati, Maryland, Kentucky, Purdue and Minnesota are among Kamara’s offers. But the Buckeyes have started digging a little deeper into Ohio’s 20th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2020.
“They asked for a transcript recently,” Kamara said. “They invited me to come to a practice. So I’m going to try to make it up to one of the spring practices.”
Recent interest for Bryn Tucker yields no fruit
The Buckeyes have recently upped their interest and communication with Knoxville Catholic (Tenn.) 4-star offensive guard Bryn Tucker, which he let Lettermen Row know about a few weeks back.
“Ohio State has been in touch with me a ton as of late,” Tucker said. “We’ve been texting about each day. Coach Stud and [assistant line coach Eric] Miscuda. They really want me up there. They said they’ve watched my film and they love the way I play.”
Tennessee’s eighth-ranked prospect also told Lettermen Row that he had been considering a visit to Ohio State, his first since he was last in Columbus as a freshman. But that now seems unlikely as the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Tucker is set to make a commitment this evening.
Been waiting for this day since I was a kid…🤞🏽 #CommitmentDay
— Bryn Tucker (@TuckerBryn) March 14, 2019
Clemson is the likely choice here, although Tennessee is certainly hoping to pull off an upset and keep him at home.