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Top Ohio State target Mekhail Sherman delays decision
After a rash of early commitments from some of the top players in the Class of 2020, Wednesday saw a couple major prospects make the decision not to decide.
5-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman, a top priority for the Buckeyes from St. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) was the first to take to Twitter with his new plans.
Commitment will be made on National Signing Day in February 2020, no longer in the summer…
— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) December 26, 2018
Sherman announced Dec. 3 that he was expecting to make a college choice between seven finalists that included Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia, Michigan, LSU and Clemson. There’s no word on whether or not his finalists will change. But it’s clear his timeline has, and he explained why to Lettermen Row.
“There are a lot of coaches moving around,” Sherman said Wednesday night. “And I still need to make visits to certain schools.”
Ohio State has been near the top of the list for the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Sherman, and it remains to be seen how the departure of Urban Meyer will impact his thoughts on the program. But it seems to have affected his recruitment overall.
RB target Kendall Milton also in holding pattern
California 5-star running back Kendall Milton also announced on Wednesday that he was abandoning the idea of a midsummer commitment and instead will choose his college next December in the early signing period.
For those asking , it will most likely happen during the early signing period of next year. https://t.co/zkeXtb1fF1
— KENDALL MILTON ² (@therealkmilt) December 26, 2018
Whether or not the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Milton conversed about his decision with Sherman isn’t known, but his sentiments echoed Sherman’s. The country’s 11th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2020 just can’t make a decision anytime soon with so much uncertainty around the programs he’s interested in joining.
“There’s a lot coaching situations changing right now, college football is a trip,” Milton told Lettermen Row. “There’s the USC running back coach situation and Urban Meyer stepping down. I want to see how teams adjust and see how the relationship goes with new coaches.”
Milton also wants to ensure the official visits he makes will happen when there’s football being played, since it’s important for him to take “officials to games.” He’s not yet heard from new Buckeyes coach Ryan Day.
Ohio State in final six for Rakim Jarrett
“What news is coming? That’s the debate. No one seems to know, and multiple sources I’ve spoken with on the Ohio State side of things do not believe a decision is pending — and neither do East Coast folks close to Jarrett and neither do people close to LSU.”
It was not a commitment, but perhaps a decision that could help bring a commitment closer for the Washington D.C. star. The 6-foot, 180-pound Jarrett updated his final schools and now sits at six programs he’s still considering.
— Rak (@RakimJarrett) December 26, 2018
Ohio State is the lone Big Ten school to make the final six for Jarrett, meaning two of the schools most people expected to make the cut — Maryland and Penn State — did not. Jarrett’s mother is from Canton, and she’s really hit it off with another Canton native in Brian Hartline. But to this point she has not made a visit to Ohio State’s campus, and that will be a major factor in the timing of his eventual announcement.
Marcus Crowley, Harry Miller among first-team All-State honorees
After earning the title of Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida weeks ago, Ohio State signee Marcus Crowley was named first-team All-Florida by the folks at USATodayHSS.com. Crowley was first team at running back alongside Alabama commit Trey Sanders, one of two players from Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian Academy to earn that honor. Defensive back Fred Davis II, a 5-star 2020 prospect, was also named first team.
A handful of other Ohio State commits and signees were also tabbed as all-state selections in their home states.
- Georgia: Offensive lineman Harry Miller (first team), athlete Steele Chambers (second team defense)
- Maryland: Defensive back Bryson Shaw (first team)
- Ohio: Offensive linemen Ryan Jacoby (first), Paris Johnson (first), defensive linemen Zach Harrison (first), Noah Potter (first) and linebacker Cade Stover (first.) Stover was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year.
- North Carolina: Defensive lineman Jaden McKenzie (first)
- New Jersey: Defensive back Ronnie Hickman (second team offense)
- Missouri: Wide receiver Jameson Williams (first team)
- Texas: Wide receiver Garrett Wilson (first team) was named the state’s Offensive Player of the Year, receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (second team)
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.