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Ohio State chatting up kicker Jake Seibert
It’s not every recruiting cycle that requires a kicker. But for Ohio State, its roster makeup indicates that 2020 is a year one will be needed.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, one of the country’s top kickers isn’t far from Columbus. Buckeyes assistant Taver Johnson, who recruits the Cincinnati area, has already started targeting Jake Seibert, a 6-foot, 170-pound placekicker.
“Not too long ago Taver Johnson came into my school and asked me to come up to Columbus for a game,” the Cincinnati La Salle junior told Lettermen Row. “It was about two weeks ago, but I’ve been texting him. He came in and said they were looking for a kicker and that my coach was telling him to come in and talk to me, then he invited me to the game.”
The game, in this case, was the matchup against Nebraska. It was his first visit to the school as a recruit.
“The visit was awesome,” Seibert said. “I ate a nice meal and got to watch the game almost right on the 50-yard line. After the game, I got to go into the locker room and was able to thank Coach for having me. He said he’d like to get me back up there sometime soon.”
If it’s up to Seibert, that will be next weekend as the Buckeyes host Michigan.
“I’ve talked to Coach about coming up to Ohio State again over text, but nothing specific,” he said. “I requested Michigan tickets, but I was told there are no more available. I may have to ask Coach again because that’s been a dream of mine to go and watch the big rivalry.”
Right now Seibert, ranked by ChrisSailerKicking.com as the country’s No. 1 kicker in 2020, has no scholarship offers. He visited Georgia last weekend, and the Bulldogs are very high on him. But if the Buckeyes come through with an offer, they may be hard to beat.
“I’m just hoping [Ohio State’s need for a kicker] lines up,” he said. “And that they think I’ll be able to help them out in the future.
“I love the Buckeyes. It’s been my dream school forever. My uncle lives up in Columbus, so he kind of got me started with them.”
Michael O’Shaughnessy adds Ohio State offer*
Earlier this week we mentioned New Albany, Ohio 2019 punter Michael O’Shaughnessy and how he was likely close to making a college decision, even though he was still waiting on his first college offer.
“I applied to the school,” he said. “Depending on if I get in or not will determine my status as a Buckeye. Ohio State is a very tough school to get into, so we will see what happens.”
It was a difficult choice for him, to consider accepting a grayshirt offer while waiting for other schools to offer, but he seemed content with his choice. The decision for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound punter got a lot easier for him on Thursday afternoon.
Excited to announce I have received an offer to play football at The Ohio State University! Thank you @taverj @Coach_P_Fleming @OSUCoachMeyer @etwill21 @OhioStateFB for this opportunity #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/gIERe7me1M
— Michael O'Shaughnessy (@mikeosh23) November 15, 2018
That offer from the Buckeyes came about 16 hours after O’Shaughnessy received his first offer, from Toledo. I wouldn’t expect it to take O’Shaughnessy too long to accept this opportunity from Ohio State. What exactly happens from here remains up in the air, though, as he was prepared to grayshirt initially, following a path that longsnappers Liam and Roen McCullough have already established. Whether or not he’s on scholarship as a freshman, he’s likely to become a Buckeye in the near future.
Bryson Shaw earns honors, ready to get to Ohio State
There is always a lot of talk about 2019 commitments, but rarely is there much conversations about Bryson Shaw, who committed to Ohio State in April. Shaw was originally committed to Wisconsin before flipping to the Buckeyes, and he continues to fly under the radar and is rarely talked about as a kid that could make an impact as a freshman.
But knowing Urban Meyer and Ohio State and how much they value versatile kids who are willing to bust their tails on special teams, it might be time to reconsider the early impression of the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Shaw. His senior film shows exactly what kind of dynamic playmaker he could be for the Buckeyes.
On Thursday, Shaw was named as the defensive player of the year in the Interstate Athletic Conference for his efforts in 2018.
Pumped up to be named defensive player of the year for the IAC conference! pic.twitter.com/9wCJTNwXhN
— Bryson shaw (@bshaw272727) November 15, 2018
One of the country’s premier prep lacrosse players, Shaw is the type of player Ohio State will love when he arrives in Columbus.
Jack Miller continues rehab, will visit Ohio State
Ohio State 2020 commit Jack Miller will be in Columbus next weekend with his parents.
“Our family is heading up for the [Michigan] game,” Jack Miller, Sr. shared with Lettermen Row on Thursday.
Miller was last in Columbus for Friday Night Lights, a visit that cemented his place with the Buckeyes and led to his commitment about a week later. As a junior at Chaparral, Miller once again showed why he’s considered one of the country’s premier quarterback prospects, lighting up defenses for more than 2,400 yards and 27 scores before injuring his right knee in early October. His rehab, according to his dad, is going well.
“It’s going slower than he wants, of course,” he said. “But, yes, rehab and physical therapy are going well. He is swimming, getting back his range of motion. We’re not pushing it as the season is over for Chaparral. He’s still in a brace for precaution.”
Landyn Watson hoping to hear from Ohio State
Back in August, we introduced Hutto, Texas 2021 defensive end Landyn Watson to Lettermen Row readers.
“I want to get an unofficial visit set up to Ohio State,” Watson told Lettermen Row. “My friend Garrett Wilson told me a lot about it, the environment and the success in their program, how many athletes they are putting in the NFL.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Watson, who added an offer from Notre Dame on Monday, still has interest in the Buckeyes. But at this point hasn’t heard from the school yet.
“I watch their games on TV, and I like how they run their defense and how they coach,” Watson told Lettermen Row. “I personally like how they win games, and I know that Urban Meyer knows how to win games. He’s a great coach.
“I want to hear from them. I’ve been hearing good things from Garrett Wilson and it would definitely be a blessing, but I haven’t been in contact with the staff yet.”
Watson is the country’s No. 55-ranked player in the Class of 2021. He’s a Wisconsin native, so the idea of coming home to Midwest for college is something he’s not worried about.
“It will all come down to academics, the position I’ll be playing in college and if I’m going to play my freshmen year.”
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.