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Tunmise Adeleye sees growth, personal fit at Ohio State
Ohio State has been a favorite for Tompkins (Katy, Texas) High School 5-star defensive lineman Tunmise Adeleye for a while now. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound athlete, the country’s 25th-ranked 2021 prospect, visited Columbus in June and bonded immediately with Chase Young and the Buckeyes coaching staff.
Since September began, Adeleye has been talking to the Buckeyes weekly, texting regularly and growing the relationship. But he’s also been watching closely to see if the Ohio State defense was bouncing back after a disappointing season last year.
“The defense this year is light years ahead of last year,” Adeleye told Lettermen Row. “The most important thing for me to see would be the continuation of the dominant defense I’ve seen so far this year.”
Adeleye will see that in person when he visits Ohio State in November for the annual showdown with Penn State. He’s also going to get a chance to spend quality time with Larry Johnson, the coach who is now handling his recruitment. The venerable Buckeyes assistant has been consistent in his message to the fifth-ranked player in Texas.
“They’ve constantly told me that I’m a priority for them in 2021, and my relationship with Coach Johnson is good,” Adeleye said. “We speak at least once a week, and I’ll be back on campus for the Penn State game. They tell me that I’m the type of guy that will make more plays in a four-down scheme rather than a three-down, and I wholeheartedly believe that in order to be an elite pass rusher and affect the quarterback, you have to run a four-down scheme.
“When you’re in three-down, it limits you as a defensive lineman.”
Adeyele is one of a few players in Texas being seriously courted by the Buckeyes, and there’s been some real discussion amongst his peers about leaving the state together and heading somewhere else, maybe even Ohio.
“I’ve just been talking with Ohio State targets in my area like Donovan Jackson and Hunter Washington,” he said. “Donovan has family from Ohio, so he’s always in the state. And me and Hunter took our unofficial in June together. We’ve kept in contact about the possibility of rooming together if we both decide to go to Ohio State.”
Landon Jackson excited to talk with Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson is also working inside of the Lone Star State to get familiar with 5-star defensive end Landon Jackson.
The fourth-ranked player in the Class of 2021 in Texas, Jackson was offered by Ohio State a week ago, the culmination of a few conversations.
“Coach Johnson offered,” Jackson, who checks in at 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds, told Lettermen Row. “It means a lot to me. I love the culture and fanbase that Ohio State has. We’d spoken for about a week or two before the offer.”
It’s Johnson’s reputation that has caught Jackson’s attention.
“[Ohio State] defensive linemen are dominant every year,” he said. “They produce big-time defensive ends, and I love it.”
Jackson’s offer list is a who’s who of college football as would be expected, but to this point he’s not done a whole lot of traveling after missing the second half of his sophomore year because of a knee injury. He hopes to get to Columbus and check out the Buckeyes in the near future.
“A visit is being discussed,” Jackson said. “I will definitely be up there this fall or in the spring.”
Jakailin Johnson sets return visit to Ohio State
The Buckeyes love recruiting St. Louis, and the latest target from the Archway to the West is DeSmet High School cornerback Jakailin Johnson, a 4-star defensive back ranked as the number one player in Missouri’s junior class.
Johnson has been in regular contact with Brian Hartline, who recruits the St. Louis area for Ohio State. And he announced on Twitter he’d be heading to Columbus for the game against Michigan State next week.
Back in Columbus the 5th🌰🌰 @OhioStateFB
— JK Johnson (@jakailin6) September 24, 2019
Johnson, a 6-foot-tall, 170-pound cornerback, has two current 247Sports.com predictions attached to his profile, and they’re both for Notre Dame. The Irish will host him for their annual tilt with USC on the Oct. 12 weekend, and his teammate Jordan Johnson is committed to Brian Kelly’s program. Those two are very close, and it’s one of the reasons why Notre Dame has the early supposed edge in his recruitment.
Can the Buckeyes make a push here? Yes, I believe they can. And that may begin in earnest when Johnson arrives in Columbus next weekend.
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