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Scarlet Sunrise: Does Ohio State have a realistic shot for nation’s No. 1 recruit?

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Bryan Bresee seems to have a few teams ahead of Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Does Ohio State have a realistic shot for nation’s No. 1 recruit?

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise! Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.


Is landing Bryan Bresee a lost cause?

In the Thursday recruiting question of the day, Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm was asked to name the best recruit the Buckeyes are pursuing but won’t land. He chose the No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Bryan Bresee, and explained it thusly:

So, forced to pick one of the many great prospects Ohio State is chasing in the Class of 2020 that feels like it’s just not going to happen, I’m picking Damascus (Md.) 5-star defensive lineman Bryan Bresee.  Larry Johnson, defensive line guru that he is, has been the lead recruiter for years. And with Bresee being a Maryland native — a place Johnson’s legendary status is even greater than it is everywhere else — there was this immediate assumption that Ohio State would be the program to beat. Maybe they were for a moment or two in time, but that optimism has seemed unfounded for much of the last year.

I entered a “Crystal Ball” for Bresee to Ohio State back in June of 2017, but if I had the ability to change it, I would have done so a long time ago. As I sit and analyze his recruitment, I don’t think the Buckeyes have even been in the top three of his top-six schools in at least a year. I would put Ohio State squarely behind Clemson, Georgia and Penn State in this race. Being that far behind — if I am right that it is — I don’t see many opportunities left for the Buckeyes to overcome that deficit.

Key recruiting weekend for Ohio State

There are not a lot of recruits heading to Ohio State this weekend, but there are a couple of important ones making their way to Columbus. In fact, the biggest name on the list arrived on Thursday morning.

That would be 5-star running back Kendall Milton, and he’s in town for a major two-day visit with the Buckeyes. This trip for Milton will kick off a busy month that will also see him at LSU, Georgia and Alabama. So it’s vital for the Buckeyes to connect with the country’s second-ranked tailback and his family in a real way in order to cement a return trip for an official visit later this year.

Ohio State commitment Luke Wypler is already in Columbus as well, and he’s likely to serve as the lead blocker for Milton during his trip. When the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Milton leaves, Wypler will turn his attention to a fellow New Jersey prospect. The country’s top-ranked safety, Jordan Morant, arrives on Saturday for his first visit to Ohio State. With those names on campus for unofficial visits, it could be a chance for the Buckeyes to make some headway with elite prospects.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Thursday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Making NFL Draft picks

Every year Ohio State churns out top NFL Draft picks, and this year will be no different. In fact, the Buckeyes might be on the brink of making even more history when the first round opens in Nashville later this month with a handful of products from the program poised to hear their names come off the board quickly.

We invited former first-round pick and Ohio State running back Beanie Wells to give his predictions for this year’s crop of former Buckeyes and where they’ll land, and he was joined by his buddy Mark Bleeks. Watch and find out where they think Dwayne Haskins, Nick Bosa, Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Mike Weber will be drafted.

WATCH: Beanie Wells and Mark Bleeks project where Ohio State players will be drafted

Evan Spencer on C.J. Saunders

The Buckeyes are looking at ways to get him involved more as a slot receiver, and they are continuing to use him as one of a couple options on special teams as a punt returner. And while the competition for catches remains fierce with so much talent at wideout, Saunders isn’t somebody who should be ruled out as a reliable target for the next quarterback at Ohio State.

What makes C.J. Saunders such a potentially useful weapon? How does he fit best in the plan for the Buckeyes moving forward? Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down everything about Saunders — and why there’s reason to think he can have a noticeable impact with the program this season in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

WATCH: Evan Spencer explains C.J. Saunders’ value

Counting down

  • Oho State spring game: 8 days
  • NFL Draft: 20 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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