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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Did OSU stop pursuing Korey Forman?
— Rich (@rich_buckeye) May 26, 2020
In a very general sense, I guess the answer to this question is yes.
There’s been little contact with the camp of former Clemson commit Korey Foreman, the country’s top-ranked 2021 prospect. But that’s not for a lack of trying by Ohio State, which has made attempts to connect with the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end with little or no success.
As mentioned here on Lettermen Row a few months ago in reference to Michigan defensive tackle Damon Payne, sometimes a recruit has to want to be recruited. And though it can sometimes be a hard thing for folks outside of the process to fully understand, it’s not the dream of every player in America to play for the Buckeyes.
Larry Johnson and Ohio State are absolutely interested in Korey Foreman. But at this point, it doesn’t appear Foreman has any interest in Ohio State. That’s not a completely foreign circumstance and is a similar situation to that of highly-ranked offensive tackle Nolan Rucci from Pennsylvania. The Buckeyes made every attempt to recruit the 6-foot-8, 290-pound lineman, but for whatever reason, there was never a real connection made between the two sides.
It’s been said here multiple times, but recruiting is about relationships, plain and simple. Not every relationship is the same. Not every prospect responds and engages with every coach who attempts to connect with them. In talking about Ohio State specifically, that rarely happens — but it does happen nonetheless.
Johnson and Ohio State continue to recruit major prospects like J.T. Tuimoloau and Tywone Malone, among others on the defensive line. The Buckeyes will always evaluate the best of the best in the country, but unless a player expresses a reciprocal interest, it’s a waste of time, energy and resources.
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