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Ohio State impressing cornerback Kelee Ringo
— KR7 (@KeleeRingo) October 13, 2018
Though they’re both 5-star talents, Lettermen Row views the visit from Ringo as the bigger of the duo. He’s not currently committed anywhere, and the Buckeyes have a tremendous need for a cornerback like him in the 2020 class.
As he arrived in Columbus on Friday morning, Ringo told Lettermen Row he was anticipating a great trip.
“I think it’s going to be a great weekend,” he said. “I want to be able to see myself living there. I know I already like all of the coaches.”
Outside of the Minnesota game, Ringo was the focus of the weekend for the Buckeyes. He was escorted throughout the day on Saturday by Paris Johnson, Jr. who once again made his way to campus. Ringo was also met by nearly everyone on the Ohio State coaching staff. Following the game, he was the subject of tweets by Ohio State players, which is a rarity for players on campus and surely indicates that he hit it off with the guys in the program.
Sources close to the Buckeyes believe Ringo’s weekend visit was extremely positive and a step in the right direction in his recruitment. Ringo’s own words would indicate that was true.
“Ohio State is definitely one of my top schools at the moment,” Ringo said on Sunday. “My relationship with [Buckeyes safeties coach Alex] Grinch is sky-high now. I like him a lot, and he is a great coach. It was cool to see him coaching on the field.”
The coolest thing the 6-foot-2, 182-pound Ringo experienced was the personalized welcome from fans inside the Horseshoe.
“The fans were wild,” he said. “At halftime I was walking into the tunnel and I heard fans yelling, ‘We want you, Ringo.’
“The trip was a great experience overall. All the players, coaches and recruiters were really cool. I just loved the environment.”
Ohio State made a big impression, no doubt. From here, though, the task gets tougher. Ringo has gone back to Arizona, and the challenge for Grinch, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes is to make sure they don’t lose momentum. The Saguaro (Scottsdale) High School star knows he’ll be back at Ohio State, but doesn’t know when.
“I could definitely see myself there in two years.,” he said. “There is no doubt I will be taking an official visit there. The biggest thing to do when I come back is getting my mom out there to see everything and get the experience.”
Jordan Battle does not make Ohio State visit
One of the weekend’s most anticipated visits didn’t happen.
Buckeyes commit Jordan Battle was expected to visit Columbus this weekend, but he wasn’t able to make it.
“We didn’t make it,” Fred Battle, the father of the St. Thomas Aquinas standout, told Lettermen Row. “The flight prices were too high. We waited too long to book because we didn’t know what the game time was early enough.”
Battle took an official visit to Ohio State in June, shortly before committing to the program. He is planning to take all five of his official visits, and he has already been to Oklahoma with trips to Alabama and maybe LSU potentially still on the docket. This planned trip to Ohio State was really for the purpose of sitting down with Urban Meyer and the coaching staff. Battle has contended there are no plans to switch his commitment, but the 4-star defensive back just wants to take advantage of his recruiting opportunities.
Should Ohio State be worried? Sure, a little, but not much. Any time a player that is committed to the program is visiting elsewhere, it’s concerning. But the missed visit this weekend isn’t something that should be looked into any deeper. He’ll get back to Columbus at some point, either for the Buckeyes home game against Nebraska or the Michigan game in late November.
Ohio State offers Kentucky native John Young
The Buckeyes love Kentucky.
On Saturday, Ohio State offered another Bluegrass State star, Louisville’s John Young.
— John Young (@the_johnyoung) October 13, 2018
Young is a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle at the Christian Academy of Louisville and an early 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. He was in Columbus for a visit with the Buckeyes on Saturday and was thrilled to land the offer.
“It’s a dream come true,” Young told Lettermen Row. “My recruitment is still open completely, but Ohio State is toward the top of my list. It was crazy to talk to Urban Meyer in person. I’ve been watching Ohio State my whole life, and it’s so cool to have the opportunity to talk to those guys and see how they run things.”
Kentucky’s third-ranked 2020 prospect, John Young has just recently had his relationship with the Buckeyes blossom.
“I had been talking to them for a few weeks and had talked to Coach Meyer on the phone a couple times,” he said. “We had been wanting to visit, and this weekend was a perfect time. The visit was great and the tradition and hospitality of the coaching staff and fans really stood out to me.”
Keep an eye on this one moving forward, I think.
Fairfield’s JuTahn McCain earns Ohio State offer
Another 2020 prospect who visited on Saturday picked up an Ohio State offer.
— JuTahn McClain (@JMcClain0202) October 13, 2018
That is Fairfield’s JuTahn McClain. He’s a shifty, 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back ranked as Ohio’s seventh-best prospect in the Class of 2020.
“Ohio State said they were going to offer, but a specific time was not given,” McClain told Lettermen Row. “But I was really shocked. I was pulled into Urban Meyer’s office and we had a conversation and he extended me the offer. It was a great feeling. I think Meyer wanted to speak face-to-face.”
The visit was highlighted by the offer, but McClain enjoyed every aspect of checking out a game from Ohio Stadium.
“It was a great visit — a great atmosphere, from the fans to the players,” he said. “And really good weather to play ball in.”
The offer from Ohio State is his 11th, putting it into the conversation with Michigan, Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and others. Fairfield is the home of former 5-star prospect Jackson Carman, who picked Clemson over Ohio State, and 2019 tight Erick All, who is committed to Michigan. It’s been the example of those two players that will likely shape McClain’s recruitment and the reason why there is no hurry to commit even with another major offer to his name.
“It’s not hard to wait to commit, because I have guys like Erick as an example and my family talks me through moments like this,” McClain said. “The commitment part of my recruitment is going to come, but I have to stay focused right now.”
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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.