Ohio State sits with seven 2020 commitments following the addition of Norwalk (Ohio) offensive lineman Trey Leroux this past Monday night and is heading into the pivotal recruiting stretch that is spring football.
The Buckeyes coaching staff will host dozens of prospects over the next four weeks and have already welcomed in a slew of local standouts during the first week of March practices.
Right now, Ohio State has the top-ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten and a handful of Buckeyes targets could be on deck to join Ryan Day’s first full recruiting class. Which players are good possibilities to be next and to start rounding out a class that is — right now — made up entirely of offensive prospects?
DEAMONTE TRAYANUM • ATHLETE • AKRON ARCHBISHOP HOBAN • ★★★★
It’s been “close” for Deamonte Trayanum, Ohio’s sixth-ranked prospect, for a while now and with another visit set to Ohio State for March 19, Day and the Buckeyes would love to lock this one up once and for all. Trayanum is capable of playing offense or defense in college but prefers to play running back and that’s an opportunity that Ohio State is willing to give him.
There are a handful of teams trying to sway Trayanum from a Buckeyes future but the biggest threat right now could be the Wisconsin Badgers, whose history of successful running back play has his attention.
DARRION HENRY • DEFENSIVE LINE • CINCINNATI PRINCETON • ★★★★
Ohio’s second-ranked prospect is — and has been — a major priority for Ohio State for more than the last year and nothing has changed between the Buckeyes and the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Darrion Henry. Multiple visits have been made, including a trip to Columbus for a very intimate Ohio-prospect junior day in early February and the addition of former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison has only increased the chances this potential 5-star prospect chooses to stay home.
Henry’s expected at the Buckeyes spring game in April and there’s been some talk about a spring practice visit before then as well. He’s a guy that could commit at any time but does seem to be enjoying his weekly trips around the country to check out other schools. He’s been to Louisville, Kentucky and North Carolina recently and has a planned visit to LSU coming up as well.
HENRY GRAY • CORNERBACK • MIAMI CENTRAL • ★★★★
The upcoming three-day visit to Ohio State for Florida cornerback Henry Gray is one that the country’s fourth-ranked cornerback has been waiting to make for quite a while now and though a commitment during — or shortly after — that visit isn’t expected, there’s absolutely no reason to dismiss it entirely.
Gray, a former Miami commit, is very high on the Buckeyes and he’s a player that the Ohio State coaching staff feels strongly about as well. Ohio State has long been considered the favorite to steal Gray from the Hurricanes but the Clemson Tigers have made a push that the Buckeyes will need to rebuke with a game-changing visit that begins on March 23.
LEJOND CAVAZOS • CORNERBACK • IMG ACADEMY • ★★★★
A former Ohio State commitment, there continues to be a real chance that defensive back Lejond Cavazos — the 21st-ranked safety prospect in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings – rejoins the Buckeyes 2020 class.
A visit is scheduled for March 23 and it’s going to be the first time that Cavazos and his father, who is close friends with Urban Meyer, will be on campus with new head coach Ryan Day. Cavazos has a host of fantastic options but there’s no doubt that he has a serious affinity for Ohio State and the Buckeyes have been as consistent and aggressive recruiting him as any school in the country despite Meyer’s retirement. I’m not ruling out the possibility that he could — again — become Ohio State’s first 2020 defensive commitment.
CAM MARTINEZ • ATHLETE • MUSKEGON (MICH) • ★★★
I know the perception around Cameron Martinez is that the Michigan Wolverines should be considered the favorite, but the relationship between Buckeyes defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, new assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes and Martinez has really bloomed in the last two months and he’s a young prospect that the Ohio State coaching staff absolutely wants in the Class of 2020.
A weapon on offense or defense, Martinez’s versatility and playmaking ability all over the field has quickly made him a priority for the Buckeyes and he’ll visit the school on March 23 for his first real time with Ryan Day.
Northwestern and yes, the aforementioned Wolverines, are definitely in the mix but I think the Buckeyes are in a prime position to steal this diamond in the rough out of Michigan.
There are a few names left off this list that could’ve been on it and that’s another good sign that things are heating up for Ohio State on the recruiting trail.
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