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Recapping a wild week for Ohio State
It’s been apparent for a while that this would end up being a busy time for Ohio State on the recruiting trail, and thus far the Buckeyes have lived up to every possible expectation. As a reminder, here’s the names Birm mentioned as potentially soon-deciding targets. Names of players who committed to the Buckeyes are in bold.
- July 3 • Mitchell Melton, linebacker
- July 4 • Josh Fryar, offensive line
- July 16 • Lathan Ransom, safety
- July 30 • Jaylan Knighton, running back
No date set:
- Cameron Martinez, athlete
- Joe Royer, tight end
- Mookie Cooper, athlete
- Kourt Williams, athlete
- Bijan Robinson, running back
So while the Buckeyes are currently crushing it, it’s also worth noting that there will likely be even more good news to come. The five remaining players are also highly acclaimed recruits and would add even more star power to a class that’s already looking good.
Looking at past holiday commitments
Two of those above commitments came on July 4. Ohio State recruiting writers might want do whatever they need to do to adjust their karma, because after only two commitments on major holidays in the last decade-plus, the Class of 2020 has already had three players commit on either Christmas or July 4. Luckily for this current group, it will be pretty much impossible to do anything but improve on past results. Here are the two previous players in recent history to commit on a major holiday:
Marcelys Jones — Dec. 25, 2012
Cleveland Glenville 3-star offensive lineman Marcelys Jones took everyone by surprise when he posted to Twitter on Christmas Day 2012 that he’d verbally committed to Ohio State.
Jones left after one year in which he played in a handful of games during mop up duty. His transfer to Kentucky was short-lived, though, as Jones was dismissed from the team less than two months after his arrival and never suited up for the Wildcats. He never made his way back to Division I football.
Jake Moretti — July 4, 2015
Jake Moretti’s commitment was also a surprise when it came the night of July 4, 2015, and supplied some extra fireworks for the Buckeyes.
A year later, though, tragedy struck when the 4-star offensive tackle from Arvada (Colo.) Pomona shredded his knee at an Ohio State recruiting camp. That proved to be the beginning of the end, and Moretti ultimately flipped to Colorado instead of signing with the Buckeyes.
DerJuan Gambrell killed in shooting
DerJuan Gambrell, a Toledo native who was a member of the Ohio State football team for one season before getting dismissed in 2012, was shot and killed in Toledo on July 4.
His former Rogers High School coach, Rick Rios, spoke to WTOL about the former Buckeye.
“What I will remember PeeWee by is his playfulness and casual demeanor until he stepped on the field,” Rios said. “Then he was all business and had the heart of a Champion! Was part of my last class at Rogers. Was one of those kids who made everyone around him better!”
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