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Zach Harrison gets Buckeyes visit, will visit Ohio State for Nebraska game
Is the end approaching in the Zach Harrison recruitment or have we just reached another interesting chapter? That’s really the question as it was announced by Rivals.com’s Marc Givler that Harrison is set to visit Ohio State for the Buckeyes Nov. 3 game against Nebraska.
That decision came hours before Urban Meyer and Larry Johnson watched the 5-star defensive end in his final home game at Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) Orange High School. Meyer and Johnson were joined at the game by Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington, the lead recruiter for the Wolverines in their efforts to land the 6-foot-6, 245-pound lineman.
As we’ve written here in the past few weeks, there’s a sense that right now the Buckeyes are in the trail position and they could very well be behind both Michigan and Penn State. There’s been a near two-year push for Harrison and Ohio State has done everything they can to show him why it is the right place for him, despite the fact that, like 2018 offensive lineman Jackson Carman, the school is close to home and it appears Harrison desires a chance to get away for college. The two biggest negatives working against Ohio State right seem to be the campus size and how close to home it is for Harrison.
The Buckeyes can’t change those things.
Beyond that, though, there’s not a single box Ohio State doesn’t check off, at least on the surface, but certainly the same can be said for its top two competitors in this race.
Harrison has visited both Penn State and Michigan during the season and it had been expected he’d return to Ohio State for a game and that will be this coming weekend. What’s possible now though is that if the country’s No. 5-ranked prospect doesn’t immediately go into “decision mode” and instead makes a December announcement as prevailing thought says he will, is that the Buckeyes may have a chance to get him on campus twice in November. If he’s not committed anywhere by Nov. 24, I think it’s reasonable to expect him to return that day as the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines in Columbus.
Buckle up, it could be a bumpy few weeks.
Wandale Robinson in decision mode, Ohio State and Nebraska likely top two
Before heading to see Zach Harrison and a few other players in Ohio on Friday, Urban Meyer was in Frankfort, Ky. visiting 4-star wide receiver Wandale Robinson, making that recruiting trip alongside Buckeyes receivers coach Brian Hartline.
Hartline stayed in Kentucky and watched Robinson’s game that night.
According to one source in Kentucky, Robinson has really narrowed down his choice to two schools: Ohio State and Nebraska. Kentucky has not been officially eliminated, but the Wildcats no longer appear to be a legitimate threat. Ohio State sources have indicated that Alabama has once again tried to make a push for Robinson, but the Tide haven’t been consistent in their efforts to recruit him and because of that, aren’t considered to be in the final decision.
Right now, Robinson — according to Buckeyes sources — is in decision mode and is thought to be spending the next few days talking with his family ahead of a decision on Thursday, Nov. 1.
I will be committing at 2:30 on Thursday in the Western Hills High School gymnasium. All family and friends are welcome.
Media contact @hillsfootball .
— Wandale Robinson (@robinson__era) October 27, 2018
Nebraska’s Scott Frost has been very involved in Robinson’s recruitment for months, and that relationship is the one Ohio State has to compete against. As it was written here on Lettermen Row on Sunday morning, it’s remarkable that the Buckeyes are even in this conversation because the program was out of the picture entirely until Brian Hartline was named interim wide receivers coach in late July.
Ohio State offers new 2021 offensive lineman
The Buckeyes have another reason to visit Damascus (Md.) High School. This weekend, Larry Johnson extended an offer to Ryan Linthicum, a 2021 center prospect at Damascus. The offer is his third, and all three are from the Big Ten as Maryland and Michigan each extended offers prior to Ohio State doing so.
— Ryan Linthicum (@RyanLinthicum2) October 26, 2018
As a 2021 prospect, Linthicum has plenty of time to get familiar with the Buckeyes and says he’s looking forward to doing that.
“I’m not very familiar with Ohio State,” Linthicum told Lettermen Row. “But I definitely looking forward to seeing what it’s like. It means a lot [to get offered] and I’m very humbled to have been given this opportunity by their coaching staff.”
As mentioned, Linthicum is a center prospect, and that’s a position Ohio State has recruited and developed well in recent years. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound interior lineman is a teammate of the country’s top-ranked 2020 prospect, Bryan Bresee, and that may help Linthicum get to campus in the next few weeks for his first visit. Bresee is expected to be in Columbus for the Ohio State and Michigan game on Nov. 24 and he sees the possibility of joining him on that trip.
“That’s what I am thinking,” Linthicum said when asked if he may accompany Bresee on that visit. “I’m not sure on anything yet though.”
Tony Alford offers another Florida standout
The Buckeyes signed cornerback Jamel Dean from Cocoa, Fla. in the Class of 2015, though he never played at Ohio State. Now, a few years later, Ohio State has extended another offer at the school, this time to Caziah Holmes, a 4-star 2020 prospect capable of playing offense or defense in college.
Extremely blessed 🙏🏾and honored to receive an offer Ohio State University 🔴⚪️@CocoaFootball @adam_franco @Cocoa_Schneider @CoachTonyAlford @OhioStateFB @CSwag7 @247Sports @Rivals @pheona762000 pic.twitter.com/izbTYs6Ctg
— 🌟5stargeneral🌟 (@CaziahHolmes) October 25, 2018
“Tony Alford offered me,” Holmes told Lettermen Row. “He’d been in contact for a while. It means a lot to me to know that they believe that I can go there and do big things.”
Holmes is a 6-foot-tall, 175-pound athlete with 12 offers. He’s already picked up scholarship opportunities from Miami, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky and others prior to Ohio State throwing its hat into the ring.
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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.