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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
With the commitment of Crowley, does this hurt or eliminate Ohio State with Noah Cain?
— Shane Argabrite (@tRealSugarShane) November 5, 2018
I don’t think that there’s any way a commitment from a running back helps the Buckeyes in their chase for Noah Cain or Deondrick Glass, but I don’t think it outright eliminates them from contention for either.
On Wednesday night, Dotting the ‘Eyes had an update on Glass and where things stand with him following his official visit to Ohio State this past weekend. The most relevant part of the discussion with the Katy, Texas, standout is what was actually left out of that story for editing purposes — but can be included here.
“[Running backs coach Tony] Alford intends on coming to see me soon,” Glass told Lettermen Row. “He’ll be at one of my playoff games.”
So, if the Buckeyes are hurt in that race, they’re at least intending to continue keeping tabs on Glass. The same, it seems, can be said for Noah Cain. The 4-star tailback is still expecting to make an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 24, according to his father, Terence.
“Yes, sir,” the elder Cain told Lettermen Row on Thursday morning. “We are coming.”
So, again, there are no signs that Ohio State is standing pat with Crowley and Steele Chambers, but that’s not necessarily proof that they’re actively looking for another running back, either. What it means is that in the year 2018, with the state of college football and college football recruiting, anything can happen. Right now, though, it seems the Buckeyes are still in the running for both Noah Cain and Deondrick Glass. Glass will visit Alabama this weekend and has already been to Oklahoma State.
Cain spent last weekend at Texas and has upcoming trips to Georgia and LSU to make. And those three schools all figure to play a prominent role in his December decision. For Ohio State, it’s just about muddying the waters a little bit more.
No one would’ve believed for a second that Sampson James would leave Ohio State’s class for Indiana, but it happened. The Buckeyes can’t afford to be caught flat-footed so close to signing day in the event of any other bizarre things going down, so it makes sense to keep recruiting all the way through signing day.
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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.