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Kane is able
Earlier on Wednesday, we here at Lettermen Row touched on Ohio State’s 2019 linebacker situation and mentioned a pair of targets that would be in town visiting campus this week. One of them, Nashville (Tenn.) C.P.A 4-star prospect Kane Patterson arrived on Wednesday. The trip is the third to Columbus since last September for Patterson. He laid out a plan for what he was hoping to happen on this trip during a conversation with Lettermen Row on Tuesday night.
“I talk with [linebackers] coach [Billy] Davis weekly,” Patterson said. “So, I’m looking forward to spending more time with him, [defensive coordinator Greg] Schiano and [Urban] Meyer.”
Patterson camped at Alabama last weekend and says he’ll be returning to Tuscaloosa, along with a couple other stops, one more time this summer before making a decision.
“I’ve still got visits to Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama this summer,” he said. “I’ll make my decision sometime in early August. These are my last visits.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Patterson is visiting Ohio State with his father. His mother has accompanied him on previous visits. He says that his parents are both on board with the Buckeyes if they happened to be the program he ultimately chooses.
“They both really liked it [at Ohio State],” Patterson said of his parents. “And I really like the relationships that I have with the coaches at Ohio State.”
Ohio State currently has one true linebacker committed in 2019, Lexington (Ohio) 4-star Cade Stover.
After signing the country’s No. 1-ranked tight end in the Class of 2018 by landing Jeremy Ruckert, you may think that Ohio State doesn’t have that position at the top of its priority list for 2019. But the Buckeyes have offered 13 different tight ends to this point, a sign that they think it’s important to bring one in this December.
On Monday, Ohio State hosted a different tight end, Parkersburg (W.V) 3-star Brenton Strange, who is not among the offered — yet. A relative unknown, Strange says he and the Buckeyes have been chatting for a bit now.
Had a great time at the Ohio State University today ! 💯 pic.twitter.com/p3wQhskkYf
— Brenton Strange (@BrentonStrange) June 4, 2018
“I had been talking to them for a couple weeks,” Strange told Lettermen Row late Tuesday night. “They asked me to come up to get a better look at me in person because they didn’t know if I was a tight end or a big receiver.”
For now, that question remains unanswered ever after Strange checked in at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds recently. To get a better idea of exactly how he could fit into the Ohio State plans, he’ll need to return to campus and put on a helmet and catch some passes. That is going to happen next week.
“I plan to be there for camp on June 12, so they can see me move in person,” he said, noting that he usually records a 40-yard dash time in the 4.7-second range. “This first trip was just to meet [offensive coordinator Kevin] Wilson, Meyer and some of the other coaches. It’s a cool place for sure. I really like their winning tradition.”
Strange has five offers to his name, including Purdue and Rutgers. He’s just seeing his recruiting heat up, but he knows what he’s looking for in a college.
“It’s going to be somewhere that I would have a good relationship with the coaches, in a winning program, and where I can get a good education,” he said. “I want to make a decision sometime at the end of the summer.”
Ohio State offered its 11th offensive tackle in the class of 2020 earlier on Wednesday.
— Chad (@ChadLindberg78) June 6, 2018
League City (Texas) 4-star prospect Chad Lindberg, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound star at Clear Creek High School outside of Houston, was the latest name added to the list. The offer from Ohio State, his 31st, is a big one for the big kid from the big city.
“Ohio State is an option I’m excited to have,” Lindberg told Lettermen Row. “I will do more in-depth research on the Buckeyes in the upcoming month to familiarize myself with them more. But being the type of player I am, I do think I could fit in there and make an impact.”
As a 2020 prospect, Lindberg has not had much of an opportunity to speak to Ohio State coaches himself, but said his head coach, Dwayne Lane, has been hearing from the Buckeyes staff for a while now.
“They have been in contact with my head coach for some time now,” he said. “But it was my first time talking to them. I was on the phone with Coach Wilson and he passed it to [offensive line] Coach [Greg] Studrawa so I could talk to him as well.”
Ohio State would always like to get the kids they offer on campus as soon as possible, but that’s unlikely to happen this summer according to Lindberg.
“I don’t think ill be able to make it this summer,” he said. “But I will look into visiting as soon as possible.”
Beck in business
Ohio State is definitely in the market for a 2019 quarterback, as you all know. That said, they’re still evaluating 2020 options at the position as well, and a name to watch moving forward could be Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence’s Carson Beck.
On Tuesday, Beck was offered by Alabama following a camp performance with the Crimson Tide. That offer was just his third, along with Boston College and FAU. But it’s a signal that some really big things are no doubt heading his way. As a kid growing up in Jacksonville, Beck watched a lot of the Florida Gators – and Tim Tebow – on the television. Naturally, the affinity for those Gators teams include fond memories of Meyer.
The Buckeyes have not reached out to Beck, but he is hoping that avalanche of attention the Bama offer will bring includes some Ohio State love.
“Miami, Florida, Florida State, Penn State and a few others have reached out recently,” the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Beck shared. “I’m going to a Miami camp and visit this Friday and Florida camp on June 13-14. I’m definitely interested in Ohio State with what Urban Myer has done there and also what he’s done in the past at Florida.”
If Beck – who is committed to Florida as a baseball prospect – is looking for an “in” with Meyer and the Buckeyes, his best bet may be his longterm idol: Tebow.
“Tim Tebow is one of my biggest mentors,” Beck said. “One of our baseball coaches, his brother is Daniel Murphy who plays for the Washington Nationals. Murphy comes down and hits with Tim Tebow at Providence, so I’ve gotten to talk to him. I’ve always loved him ever since I was kid watching Florida games.
‘The way that I play quarterback I think replicates what Coach Meyer did with him when he was at Florida.”
Get on the phone, Tim.
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