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Stay ‘Crootin: Julian Fleming makes ‘great’ Ohio State visit, Brian Maurer possible option at QB

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The Buckeyes got their first shot to impress 2020 Pennsylvania 5-star prospect Julian Fleming. (Julian Fleming/Twitter)

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Stay ‘Crootin: Julian Fleming makes ‘great’ Ohio State visit, Brian Maurer possible option at QB

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Zeke Correll picks Notre Dame, Ohio State visit off

Cross Zeke Correll off the list of official visitors to Ohio State this weekend. The 4-star offensive lineman from Cincinnati Anderson, ranked as the country’s ninth-best offensive guard, committed to Notre Dame on Monday, hours after finishing up his official visit to South Bend.

Correll was offered by Ohio State more than a year ago, but the 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman believed he just “fit” better at Notre Dame.

“I clicked with the people there,” he told Lettermen Row after his decision.

For the Buckeyes, this wasn’t a major surprise. There was a belief – or maybe a hope – that they’d still get him to make his planned official visit before committing anywhere. That didn’t happen, though, and Correll is all Irish moving forward.

Where Ohio State goes from here is up in the air. The Buckeyes have three offensive linemen committed, and in a perfect world, I think you could see them take as many as six offensive linemen in the Class of 2019. Where they head at this point is anyone’s guess. What I do know is that there is a plan in place. With Urban Meyer, there’s always a plan.

Ohio State looks to impress 2020 wideout Julian Fleming

After hosting potential 2020 5-star wide receiver AJ Henning on Saturday and Sunday, the Buckeyes welcomed in early 5-star prospect Julian Fleming, another top player in the Class of 2020.

Related: Ohio State trip was ‘amazing’ for AJ Henning

Fleming is the country’s No. 2-ranked overall player currently in his class and a player that most people have predicted early to Penn State. That makes sense, as he’s from Southern Columbus High School in Catawissa, Pa., just about 90 minutes from the Nittany Lions. It’s rare that a player of his caliber grows up so near Happy Valley, and it’s even more rare that a player from that area gets a Penn State offer and goes elsewhere.

Regardless, the Buckeyes – and every other school in the country – are going to take a shot at landing the 6-foot-2, 190-pound talent. The visit to Columbus went “great” according to Ohio State sources, but there’s no one willing to flip the switch to “optimistic” at this point.

As a sophomore, Fleming caught 69 passes 1462 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s reeled in 33 scoring grabs in his first two years of high school ball.

Breaking down Florida QB Brian Maurer

We’ve talked about quarterback targets quite a bit in the last two weeks and will no doubt discuss it even more in the coming weeks and months. But as the Buckeyes continue their search in the Class of 2019, it’s time to start closely looking at Ocala (Fla.) West Port 3-star prospect Brian Maurer.

First of all, with a solid performance at The Opening in Dallas in early July, I’d be shocked if Maurer didn’t get bumped to 4-star status by the recruiting network folks. He’s got the size, speed and arm strength to be a top-tier prospect. A good showing on a national stage should cement his positioning.

Before he heads to Texas for that key workout, Maurer will visit Ohio State this weekend. The trip could become very important for his recruiting and for the Buckeyes. If you take the 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect at his word, Ohio State is close to offering — and that will shake up his recruitment.

“I really like Texas A&M, I like UCF, I like West Virginia [and] Ohio State’s going to offer me,” Maurer told John Patton and “So Ohio State is going to be one of the top [considerations].”

The Buckeyes have seen Maurer throw in person with Ryan Day traveling to Florida in the spring. So, there’s no plan right now for a camp outing this week in Columbus. He did camp at Florida just over a week ago and reportedly ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, despite the fact he’s still recovering from a broken foot that he hurt in spring football. If that 40 time is accurate, or even .2 or .3 seconds off, there’s no doubt he’s the type of quarterback that Ohio State would covet.

Will they pull the trigger on an offer this weekend? That’s the question. If they don’t, he could be moving away from Ohio State quickly.

Columbus-area offensive lineman works with Ohio State

Ohio State hosted Milford Center (Ohio) Fairbanks offensive lineman Samuel Rengert during Saturday’s one-day camp, and the 2020 prospect relished the chance to work with the coaching staff.

“It was a great day,” Rengert told Lettermen Row about the visit. “I enjoyed the camp. They said I had a really good day. I need to continue improving my foot quickness and ankle flexibility, but they said they will be keeping a close eye on me this season.”

Right now, Rengert has five scholarship offers from the likes of Iowa State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Akron, but the 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman has the potential to develop into a top player in Ohio. The Buckeyes are traditionally very conservative when it comes to offering in-state offensive lineman, so their approach with Rengert is pretty much par for the course. There are no promises of an offer at this stage.

It’s just about getting better.

“I didn’t check out the school on Saturday, because I’m pretty familiar with it growing up just 45 minutes away,” he said. “They did not say anything specifically about an offer based on anything they saw. They just want me to continue to improve the skills I mentioned.”

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