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Ohio State on mind of Beaux Collins
The Buckeyes offered St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 4-star 2021 receiver Beaux Collins at the end of December, and the 6-foot-4, 190-pound sophomore was in Ohio soon thereafter taking in his first visit. That trip was more of a well-timed coincidence rather than a well-planned campus visit.
“The first trip out to Ohio was for my sister’s birthday,” Collins said. “We decided to drive out to Columbus since I had just received the offer a couple of weeks prior.”
Collins will return to Ohio State on March 22 as part of a group of St. John Bosco’s underclassmen making their way through the Midwest and a number of college stops.
“I’m hoping to see the offensive coaches in action with the players and to see how the practices are run,” Collins said. “I also would like to see the energy of the new and returning players.”
The second trip also allows Collins, ranked as the country’s 10th-best receiver early in the 2021 rankings, an opportunity to spend some more time with Brian Hartline and Ryan Day. Despite being born and raised in California, Collins has no issues at all with the idea of leaving the West Coast for college — especially at a place like Ohio State.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Hartline and Coach Day, I talk to Coach Hartline the most though,” he said. “I was born and raised out here, but I don’t have any preferences as far as location. The Buckeyes are where the big dogs go. The Big Ten doesn’t have the name ‘big’ for no reason.”
Landen Bartleson hoping to get back to Ohio State
Ohio State was one of the first big-time programs to identify and recruit Boyle County (Danville, Ky.) 3-star athlete Landen Bartleson, offering the talented running back in early September. Bartleson was on campus just weeks later, and he was for a time recruited aggressively by former Ohio State assistant Alex Grinch.
As Grinch left, so did the majority of contact with the coaching staff, despite efforts by the Buckeyes recruiting staff to maintain it.
“I really just keep in contact with [defensive quality control coach] Matt Thurin and Mark Pantoni,” Bartleson told Lettermen Row. “I’ve spoken to others, but mostly Thurin. It’s seemed like a lot has changed, but they’re just as laid back as it was before.”
Bartleson is hoping to get in more regular contact and schedule a return visit to Ohio State in the near future.
“I’m planning on getting in contact soon about coming up,” he said. “I really enjoyed the coaching stff and the school and I would love to build a better relationship with the new coaches from Ohio State.”
There are no current 247Sports.com crystal ball predictions for Bartleson, but momentum in his recruitment seems to be trending toward Notre Dame, where he visited in February. He has a few other visits planned, and his recruiting process is still in the discovery phase.
“I’m taking a possible trip to West Virginia and going to Purdue on March 30,” he said. “I am not leaning heavily toward any specific school. Right now, I’m trying to get on campuses and do as much research as I can on my behalf to find what will be the best school for me.”
Ohio State is recruiting Bartleson as a defensive back.
Reece Atteberry down to five as big trip looms
The Buckeyes are in the top group for Eaglecrest (Aurora, Colo.) 4-star 2020 offensive lineman Reece Atteberry — as expected.
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— Reece Atteberry (@atteberry5573) March 11, 2019
The country’s fourth-ranked center prospect — who can definitely play guard or tackle in college as well — has long held the Buckeyes in high esteem. He will make a pivotal visit to Columbus on the March 23 weekend as Ohio State works to fend off Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma and others.
There’s been steady contact with Atteberry since last summer, and he’s almost committed to the Buckeyes in the past according to his father, Mark, who spoke with Lettermen Row about that a few weeks ago.
“He was very close, no lie. Reece has been a fan since very young. [Ohio State] is a dream offer, so he was reacting on that,” Mark Atteberry said. “After some very grown-up conversations with mentors and ex-players from all levels and different alumnus, he came to a very mature game plan and he wants to stick to that.”
Now the game plan is getting back to Columbus for a very important trip for Atteberry and the Buckeyes.
Cameron Martinez eager for first Ohio State visit
The Buckeyes have quickly created a very strong relationship with Muskegon (Mich.) 2020 3-star prospect Cameron Martinez.
“I’ve been talking to [assistant secondary coach Matt] Barnes a lot lately and [co-defensive coordinator coach Jeff] Hafley, probably every day,” Martinez shared with Lettermen Row. “Coach Hafley is a really good guy. He said I’m one of the more enjoyable game tapes he’s seen more.”
Martinez’s versatility is what makes him such an intriguing prospect and why schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern are making an early push for his commitment. The ninth-ranked player in Michigan will visit the Buckeyes for the first time since Friday Night Lights in the summer of 2017 on March 23.
“I can’t wait to visit,” he said. “It’s been too long.”