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Buckeyes not backing down in chase for five-star Tristan Leigh

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Tristan Leigh is hoping to make a return to Ohio State this month. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Buckeyes not backing down in chase for five-star Tristan Leigh

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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

The recruitment of Fairfax (Va.) Robinson Secondary School 5-star offensive tackle Tristan Leigh has been an interesting one to watch over the last year-plus.

Ohio State offered the nation’s No. 4-ranked tackle in September of last year, and he visited Columbus two months later for the first time. Leigh’s recruitment really didn’t take off with the Buckeyes for months after, though, as the majority of the efforts at recruiting tackles focused on J.C. Latham, who had been a target for a longer period of time and had for months been leaning toward Ohio State.

Latham went a different way and committed to Alabama. Ohio State, which had never given up the chase for Tristan Leigh, reasserted itself. The Buckeyes made a move in late summer that saw them, according to those in the know, catapult Clemson and Penn State in his recruitment and brought them into the upper group with LSU and Oklahoma.

As this wild summer unfolded, Leigh and his family started to look ahead to his recruitment’s culmination and were hoping to make official visits to the schools at the top of their lists, including Ohio State. With a recruiting dead period that refuses to jolt back to life, those official visits haven’t been able to happen. So Leigh and his family decided to get creative and made one visit to Oklahoma and two visit to LSU on their own dime. Now they’re hoping to make the same kind of visit to Ohio State on the weekend of Oct. 24.

The Buckeyes are definitely hoping that is the case, because there is absolutely no indication they’re giving up the chase for Leigh even with the recent addition of Zen Michalski. Michalski, Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman are all talented offensive linemen who can play tackle if required, but none of those three are the true tackle prospect that Tristan Leigh is.

That’s why Ohio State continues to recruit him and will keep doing so until he chooses LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, Clemson or anyone else ahead of the Buckeyes. That’s why, even if an October visit can’t include in-person or on-campus communication with Ryan Day and his coaching staff, it’s an absolutely vital opportunity for the Buckeyes to position themselves for the final push in Tristan Leigh’s recruitment.

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Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.