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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
what can you tell us about the biggest SE Ohio recruit since Joe Burrow, in Reid Carrico? He has a ton of offers, where does OSU stand with this?#RecruitingQuestionoftheDay
— Philip WHOOPTY-HELL Schmelzer (@philly1622) July 23, 2019
Ohio State is off to a fast start recruiting inside home borders in the Class of 2021. The Buckeyes have already locked up three of the state’s top targets with early commitments from 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer and 4-star offensive standouts Ben Christman and Jayden Ballard.
The state of Ohio’s top linebacker target in 2021 is Ironton star Reid Carrico, who sits as the state’s fourth-ranked prospect after rising up the national rankings in the last handful of months following a run of scholarship offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and the rest of college football’s elite programs.
Carrico, 6-foot-3 and 218-pounds, made multiple springtime visits to Columbus, and most analysts assumed following the Ohio State offer on April 13 that he’d be quick to commit there. However, Carrico made just one trip to Ohio State this summer for a camp date in which he didn’t camp and was on campus for just a few hours before taking trips to Texas, Clemson, Tennessee, Notre Dame and other places.
As for the Buckeyes, there’s not been much of a change in their efforts. In fact, the energy they’ve put forth to land an early commitment from Carrico is certain to increase exponentially as Sept. 1 approaches and open communication with high school juniors begins.
There have been discussions about a commitment prior to the start of his junior season. But for his part, the standout linebacker is backing off of them a bit.
“The season has snuck up on me pretty freaking quick,” Carrico told Lettermen Row. “So, no. But my plan is to decide sometime during my junior year.”
Is that good news or bad news for the Buckeyes? That’s hard to say because there’s certainly a case to be made that it could be either.
Clemson is a concern with any player in the country. And it’s especially a concern to Ohio State after the Tigers showed they were one of the only programs in the country capable of swooping into the Buckeyes home state and stealing a player away like they did with 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman last year. The extra time for a decision potentially sets up a chance for another visit to Dabo Swinney’s program this season.
Ryan Day would love for Carrico to issue an early commitment to Al Washington and lock up his recruitment early. But at the same time, there will now be a much better opportunity to build a relationship that allows each side to be even more comfortable in a decision, whenever it is made.
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