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Ohio State ready to make impression on Mekhail Sherman
The Buckeyes are hoping to strike it big at Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College High School at the end of July.
That’s when Ohio State will host 4-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett, a player that many believe could commit to the program following that trip. That’d be good news for Urban Meyer, obviously, but there is a good chance that two other players that Ohio State has serious interest in will accompany Jarrett on that visit. That’s what could take it from good news to great news for the Scarlet and Gray.
One of those players is 4-star defensive tackle Tre Williams. The other is 5-star linebacker prospect Mekhail Sherman. Jarrett, Williams and Sherman are all teammates at St. John’s and all members of the 2020 recruiting class.
Sherman, the country’s No. 17 overall recruit in the Class of 2020, has almost 30 offers already and is excited to get to Columbus to check out what the Buckeyes have cooking. The visit will be mostly about one thing: Checking out Ohio State as an academic institution.
“Easy, [the top priority] is to actually ask what their plan is for me to succeed academically and athletically,” Sherman said. “If a coach has to stop and think about anything similar to that? I know they’re not the one for me.”
No pressure, right? It’s clear that the 6-foot-3, 234-pound Sherman has good people in his corner. He released his Top 10 schools on Twitter in early July, and Ohio State is hoping that an early relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson helps them gain some footing for a player that has All-American potential. The Ohio State assistant remains very respected in the Maryland/Virginia/D.C. corridor, and Johnson is will be key in this process.
“I hear from Ohio State a lot,” Sherman told Lettermen Row. “I’ve got heavy interest in them. I talk to Johnson and sometimes I talk to [linebackers coach Bill] Davis.”
The academics are going to be a major part of Sherman’s recruitment, but the door is open for Ohio State because of football. Now they just need to back up their on-field resume with off-the-field plans for this 5-star talent.
“I don’t know too much about Ohio State as a whole,” he said. “But I have a lot of interest in them. They’re one of those ‘dream schools.’ The football program is the reason I’m attracted to them right now, but that’s only going to carry it so far.”
Buckeyes commits work hard on 5-star RB Kendall Milton
Another 5-star prospect in the Class of 2020 unleashed his Top 10 list on Twitter on Monday night, and yes, it once again included the Buckeyes.
TOP 10 pic.twitter.com/xAhBVT19IX
— Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) July 9, 2018
Side note: I’ll try to never include “top schools” lists for kids that don’t include Ohio State.
We’ve talked about him here before, but Kendall Milton is a 5-star running back from Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan High School and a prospect that is very serious about Ohio State despite the considerable distance from Columbus.
“Having such a good relationship with Ohio State played a major part,” Milton told Lettermen Row. “I frequently talk to [running backs] coach [Tony] Alford and Urban Meyer.
“They always let me know I’m their No. 1 target at running back, so that was also a major part of it.”
Milton isn’t just a top target for the coaches, who are hampered by communication restrictions until September 1. He’s also a player that the current Ohio State commitments, his peers in the Class of 2020, have spent a lot of time trying to get to know.
“I’ve had all of them talk to me about Ohio State,” Milton said of the Buckeyes 2020 class. “I hear from Paris Johnson, Jack Miller and Lejond [Cavazos] a lot.”
The message from the current commits is simple: For a running back, there’s no better place to be than Ohio State.
“They just continuously tell me they’re building a line for me to run behind,” Milton said. “Letting me know what that we’d be the best class in the country.”
That relationship with fellow recruits is one advantage for the Buckeyes right now over the other schools recruiting Milton.
“Yes, for sure,” he said. “It means a lot. I have a good relationship with a lot of them.”
Milton says he’s hoping to get to Columbus for his first visit with the Buckeyes at some point this fall. All the conversations and relationships won’t mean much if that doesn’t happen.
Texas tight end still considering Ohio State
Speaking of players who need to visit before the Buckeyes can really be considered, here’s the Top 8 for Texas 2019 tight end prospect Jalen Wydermyer.
— Jalenwydermyer (@Wydermyer81) July 8, 2018
Wydermyer is the country’s 16th-ranked tight end, and he’s been a player that Ohio State tight end coach Kevin Wilson has been working on for a few months. He’s told Lettermen Row in the past that he thinks the Ohio State coaches are “awesome,” but that he’s had a hard time arranging for a visit to school.
Now that the summer is almost over, it’s likely that any visit the 6-foot-5, 235-pound, 4-star tight end would make to Columbus would be of the official variety. He’s not a kid that seems to desperately want to stay home in Texas, but the lack of trips outside of that area don’t bode well for schools trying to land him.
Until a visit is planned and actually happens, this is just a name to put on the back burner. Right now, Ohio State’s most likely landing spot at tight end remains Brenton Strange or Tennessee’s Cormontae Hamilton.
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