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Tony Alford has Ohio State in contention for a number of top running backs in the Class of 2020. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State makes cut for top running backs, Jalin Conyers visits

Stay in touch or be left out because Ohio State recruiting is a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week obsession. What’s the latest news as the Buckeyes build for the future? Get that and more Sunday through Thursday on Lettermen Row. Today’s update has the latest on a pair of top running backs and the reaction from tight end target Jalin Conyers after his first visit to Ohio State.

Ohio State surprisingly makes cut for Zachary Evans

The country’s top-ranked running back and overall prospect in the Class of 2020 made some serious waves on Tuesday night when he announced his final five schools via social media.

Zachary Evans, a 5-star running back from North Shore (Houston), threw the Lone Star State into shock by not including the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies. instead focusing on five of the country’s most prominent programs outside of those borders.

As we mentioned on Tuesday, there is an interesting running back carousel happening, and what makes Evans top schools list unique is that it includes each of the top schools being considered by fellow 5-star back Kendall Milton.

Now before anyone gets too worked up, let’s be very clear: There’s a very small chance that Evans would pick Ohio State, a school he’s never visited and a program that he has little to no communication with right now. Why is Evans including the Buckeyes on the list? That’s anyone’s guess, but I do not believe for a second that Texas (or A&M) is out of this race any more than I would believe that Ohio State is being truly considered in this recruitment.

The focus at the top of the running back board for the Buckeyes remains the same: Kendall Milton and Bijan Robinson will be the top targets until they’re off the board one way or another. Ironically, the Longhorns appear to be the primary competitor for Robinson, so there’s some interesting crossover discussion coming.

Running back Sam Adams continues to feel Ohio State as well

Another running back who the Buckeyes are keeping tabs on also included Ohio State in his final schools list.

Sam Adams II, a teammate of Buckeyes wide receiver commitment Gee Scott at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), visited Ohio State last October with Scott. The country’s 16th-ranked tailback has continued to build a relationship with the Buckeyes and running backs coach Tony Alford.

But there’s been no plan for a return trip to Ohio State. Adams, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound tailback, has almost 40 offers.

Ty Hamilton earns Ohio State offer

Ohio State offered Ty Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon.

Hamilton, the younger brother of current Buckeyes defensive tackle Davon Hamilton, was on campus Tuesday afternoon and defensive line coach Larry Johnson extended the offer to him in person. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound rising-senior said that despite his Buckeyes roots, there was no immediate thought about committing to Ohio State.

“It’s a great feeling to see my hard work pay off,” Hamilton told Lettermen Row. “But there’s no commitment yet.”

Hamilton has 20 offers, including Michigan and Penn State, but obviously the opportunity from Ohio State is a bit different. Hamilton visited the Buckeyes twice in March and has preferred to build his relationship with Johnson in person. That’s why he’s not intending to camp at Ohio State this summer, but rather hopes to work with the legendary defensive line coach privately.

“I’m going there sometime in June,” he said. “We haven’t set a date yet. I’ll go over there and do some one-on-one work with Coach Johnson. We’ve still been keeping in touch these past couple of weeks.”

Jalin Conyers makes first Ohio State visit

A few weeks ago, Texas tight end Jalin Conyers included Ohio State on his final six schools list despite never making a visit to the school. This week, he made his initial trip to Columbus.

The country’s fifth-ranked tight end, Conyers left Columbus extremely impressed by what he saw at Ohio State.

“We got there on Monday night,” Conyers said. “We visited all day on Tuesday and met with the coaches [Wednesday] morning and left after that meeting. It was great. Everything stood out. It’s an amazing university.”

Conyers is a versatile athlete at Gruver (Texas) High School, playing quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back in the last few years. His college future is at the tight end position, though, and the Buckeyes are one of the schools very much in the mix moving forward.

“They showed us everything,” he said. “They told me and taught me a lot about Ohio State, not only athletically, but academically as well. They are definitely getting strong consideration.”

Conyers intends to make a visit to LSU and Georgia before heading back home to Texas and planning his official visits. But he expects the Buckeyes to receive one of those official trips.

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