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Al Washington, Ohio State still recruiting Qian Magwood
Last Saturday, Ohio State assistant coach Al Washington was spotted at Walnut Ridge High School outside of Columbus — where Qian Magwood, one of Ohio’s top two-sport athletes, was playing basketball.
We’ve written about Magwood here on Lettermen Row in the past. He’s a really good athlete, but on the football field, he’s sort of a man between positions. He wants to play receiver in college, but Ohio State and other schools believe his best future could be on defense.
After the decision to cancel the official visit of Jahmyr Gibbs last week as a result of scholarship numbers being too tight, many wondered why Ohio State would then immediately head out and visit another 2020 athlete.
That’s a fair question, but it shouldn’t be expected that an offer is imminent for Magwood at this point. It’s more likely that the Buckeyes are working to maintain a relationship with the 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete in the event that Cameron Martinez decides against signing with the program next month. Magwood is not expected to make any of his own recruiting decisions until Feb. 5 as well.
That plan could change, though, if Magwood is offered by Michigan State in the near future, as some speculate will happen. Either way, the Buckeyes do not intend to add another 2020 prospect to the school unless Martinez decides to go a different direction. That’s not a guarantee that Magwood would be the guy to fill that spot if Martinez were to do that, but the 3-star local prospect would certainly be on the short list.
Ohio State, Corey Dennis checks in on 2022 quarterback
Last week Corey Dennis made his first recruiting stop in Philadelphia to see 2021 Buckeyes commitment Kyle McCord. A few days later, Dennis is already a grizzled veteran when it comes to the daily grind of recruiting, and on Tuesday he made a stop to see a target that could become a major priority for the Buckeyes in the Class of 2022.
The first-year Ohio State quarterbacks coach was in Southlake, Texas at Carroll High School, the home of Quinn Ewers, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound sophomore who was recently named the MaxPreps.com Sophomore of the Year following a season that saw him throw for more than 4,000 yards and 45 touchdowns for a nationally-ranked program.
Ewers camped in Columbus prior to his freshman year of high school, and he left that visit to Ohio State to the tune of coaches and media in attendance raving about his future, including yours truly.
For my money, the best quarterback in attendance was 2022 – yes, a player getting ready to enter his freshmen year of high school – prospect Quinn Ewers. He’s going to be a star Southlake Carroll in Texas.
Now an established high school prospect, Ewers has a host of interested programs coming around including the Buckeyes, who offered him following that one-day camp in 2018. It’s a tough time for him to truly gauge his interest in each potential option, though, because he’s actually not allowed to talk to the coaches when they’re at his school.
The Buckeyes will have a lot of competition for Ewers by the time his recruitment is all said and done. But the early relationship, along with the chance to focus no recruiting 2022 quarterbacks already because McCord is committed early in 2021, can only help.
Ohio State coaches on the road
The Ohio State coaching staff is making recruiting visits all over the country this week and has already made some key recruiting stops.
On Tuesday, we wrote about Kerry Coombs and the visit he’s making Wednesday in Michigan to see Cameron Martinez. There’s a good chance he’ll stop in to see some of the coaches he’s familiar with in the state from his previous stint at Ohio State, like Belleville’s Jermaine Crowell and others, but that’s not expected to happen until Thursday.
Brian Hartline was expected in Florida to visit with Troy Stellato, and there’s a visit planned to see Marvin Harrison and McCord at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia as well. He already spent time at Massillon High School in Ohio seeing Jayden Ballard this week, and there was supposed to be a stop in Atlanta to see 4-star wide receiver Jayden Thomas as well, according to Lettermen Row sources in Georgia.
Greg Studrawa visited J.C. Latham and the rest of the stars at the IMG Academy on Tuesday. Ohio State assistant defensive backs coach saw Jager Burton in Kentucky. Reports had mentioned that Studrawa also visited Burton but that was not this case this week. He expected to visit him sometime in this two-week contact period, however. Barnes will also travel to St. Louis on Friday, where he — not Coombs as has been reported elsewhere — is expected to visit 2021 cornerback Jakailin Johnson alongside Hartline.
Kevin Wilson was also in Florida on Tuesday, where he made a stop at Seffner Christian Academy in Lake Wales. There he saw Michael Trigg, a quick-rising tight end who has recently been offered by Michigan, Auburn, Oregon and Florida State, among others. The Buckeyes are looking for a second tight end in 2021 and offered Trigg on Wednesday afternoon. Wilson saw Tennessee standout Hudson Wolfe last week and will check in on a handful of other tight ends this week — including Jake Briningstool and Louis Hansen.
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