|Where Will He Go? The Latest on Buckeye's Top Recruit Donovan Edwards|
With the departure of standout tailback J.K. Dobbins to the NFL, Ohio State has placed native of West Bloomfield Michigan, RB Donovan Edwards at the top of their wish list. The Buckeye's are in what seems to be a heated tug of war battle with the Michigan Wolverines for the right to have Edwards in their backfield beginning in 2021. What are the new developments in the situation, and what are the chances Ohio State will secure it's next feature back?
Donovan Edwards Ranking
A marvelous physical specimen, Donovan Edwards has been dazzling scouts and coaches alike all across the nation. By watching the tape on him, you will quickly come to the reality that he checks all of the boxes off of the superstar running back checklist after watching just a few plays. With a height of 5'11" and weighing a chiseled 190 lbs., Edwards appears to actually be larger than life on a football field.
The versatile and dynamic Edwards is the 22nd ranked player and 2nd ranked running back in the nation for the class of 2021 according to 247sports.com. He is also the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Michigan for the touted class. Seemingly every program that is serious about winning football games has reached out to Donovan Edwards and offered him a scholarship.
Donovan Edwards Scholarship Offers
The schools include (at the time of this publication); Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, FSU, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina A & T, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A & M, USC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Akron.
Edwards Projected to Ohio State
This past week, an interesting report surfaced from 247sports.com that sent ripples through the Buckeye's fan base and alumni. According to Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row, Steve Wiltfong and Allen Trieu (recruiting analysts from 247sports.com and creators of their crystal ball predictions) changed their crystal ball prediction on Donovan Edwards from Michigan to Ohio State.
Since it's the dead-period of recruiting, it's important to tread carefully about these type of predictions. If Edwards had a decision date picked, then a forecast of him landing at Ohio State would carry more weight. He doesn't however, so the sudden change could have just been the result of a few random phone calls placed to him from the Ohio State coaching staff. Back in December of 2019, Edwards was tracked down in the halls of West Bloomfield High School by a local reporter. The following is a brief interview courtesy of Detroit Free Press;
Donovan Edwards Interview
"We are here for signing day. We got Chase, Sterling, Cornell, Cory, and K.D. All the guys here for National Signing Day, I used to grow up with these guys. Me and Sterling knew each other since I was in first grade and he was in the second grade. So it's just like everything that we been through, it's beautiful." Edwards told the Detroit Free Press.
"How many schools that offered you a scholarship are you seriously considering?"
"Around 10. Coach Jim Harbaugh told me I'm No. 1 on their board. Like, Nick Saban told me I'm No. 1 on their board. I was talking to Notre Dame last week, and coach Taylor was talking about how I could be used for multiple things. It doesn't have to just be running back for me. It could be receiver, punt returns, anything. To be able to contribute to my team in multiple ways is appealing to me." Donovan Edwards boasted and deadpanned to the Detroit Free Press.
Donovan Edwards, top 2021 running back, talks recruiting, Buckeyes
|3/4/2020 2:43:08 PM|
|Luke Wypler Is a Future NFL Prospect|
It did not take me a long time to understand who Luke Wypler was. At first, I was frustrated because I couldn’t find much information on the number one prospect at center for the class of 2020. I dug deeper and found out Luke worked hard as hell to get the recruitment process done early. He didn’t want to focus too much on the recruitment process because it would take him away from his current goal at the time: winning a state championship for St. Joseph Regional. They would go on to win the state championship because of Luke and his team’s nonstop attitude.
Committing To The University
Many prospects have backed away from Ohio State due to the sudden retirement of legendary Head Coach Urban Myer. Although Luke has been quiet in his recruitment process, he did open up about this topic. It was never his plan to commit to a coach, he felt the need to commit to a university. Luke was able to visit the school early this year, nearly a full year after his verbal commitment. This solidified Luke’s desire to join the team and build his credit as a football player. Jeff Hafley and Greg Studrawa recruited his for Ryan Day's 2020 class.
What Luke Wypler Was Looking For
Ohio State breeds NFL prospects, and that is exactly what Luke wants, along with the chance to join Fisher’s School of Business. The academics and culture of Ohio State will fit Luke well, and give him a chance to grow as both a man and a player.
What Luke Wypler Has to Offer
After observing his highlights, it was clear that he was a gamechanger. His speed and athleticism can change the course of a play, and he puts defensive ends on the tackles on the ground for fun. Most offensive lineman of the past have simply been giant bodies that can out muscle sneaky defensive ends and charging linebackers. The game is changing, and Luke is a perfect fit for this new breed of offensive linemen. Luke is fast and strong, he is built for quickness and keeping up with a fast-paced level of college. Luke has a rare ability that most offensive lineman, he moves at angles and this creates the leverage he needs for the few defensive linemen that are stronger than him. This ability to create angles originated from his time as an all-state wrestler.
|11/18/2019 3:43:55 PM|
|Tight End Joe Royer as a Buckeye in the Class of 2020|
Joe Royer is a three-star tight end recruited by the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2020 season. He's a senior at Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Royer is tall and in great shape, at 6'5" 225 pounds. The young man is among the slew of players joining Ohio State from schools in the Cincinnati region, among them offensive lineman Paris Johnson, defensive tackle Darrion Henry, and offensive tackle Jakob James. Royer is the first tight end to commit to Ohio state for the 2020 season.
Joe took to Twitter to announce his commitment: "I'm staying home, committed!!" He's clearly proud and excited to be part of Buckeye football, and who wouldn't be?
On June 6, Royer participated in OSU's first one-day camp, and they were so impressed with him that he received an offer right there. Remarkably, after the offer and his strong performance at the camp, Royer's ranking jumped 366 points to No. 507 overall in 247Sports ratings. He was also ranked as No. 200 in the 2020 class and the No. 3 tight end. He clocked a 4.81 40-yard dash time, which would get any recruiter's attention, and it did for OSU offensive coordinator and tight end coach Kevin Wilson. Talk about performing when it counts.
As far as stats, Royer had 32 receptions for 617 yards, scoring 5 touchdowns in the 2018 season with the Elder High Panthers, who went 8-5.
Royer officially visited Ohio State on June 21, and committed about one week later.
What Options Did Royer Have to Consider Other Than Ohio State?
Reportedly, Joe Royer received over 20 offers, and among them were Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin. Ohio State clearly had a lot of competition to pick up Royer, and that says a lot about both him and OSU's recruiting efforts.
Why the Ohio State Buckeye?
Obviously he had plenty of options, but Ohio State came out on top for him. Joe seemed very pleased to be staying in-state and be a part of Buckeye football, and that's no surprise. Likely the stream of other players committing to Ohio State made the decision even more appealing for him. Royer is also teammates with Jakob James, an offensive tackle for Ohio State whom he visited with during OSU's spring practice in March this year. Undoubtedly James did his part to convince him to join the crew.
Joe Royer Highlights #162 Rivals Camp Series Columbus 2018
|10/18/2019 1:59:48 PM|
|Mookie Cooper as a College Football Prospect|
Now that his playing days at Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis are almost over, wide receiver Mookie Cooper can look back on them with fondness. He made a lot of friends and he had a lot of good times. For it was there that early on in his sophomore year he established himself as a blue-chip star. Yes, Mookie might not even be 6 feet tall, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in sheer speed. That sheer raw talent is one of the main reasons that he was already getting second looks from colleges even when he was just a sophomore. Either way you look at it, the kid has talent. What do we know about him as a college football prospect? Who was looking at him closer? Who did he finally commit to? These are all questions that deserve an answer.
Just who was vying for Mookie Cooper's attention?
Early on, there were a lot of schools that were vying for this rising star's attention. Colleges such as LSU, Tennessee, Miami, Oklahoma, and Texas were all on the phone trying to get him to commit to their program. This doesn't count him being a strong consideration for Illinois, simply because of the fact that his lifelong high school coach and mentor Cory Patterson is now the tight ends coach with that program. At first, Mookie Cooper thought the process was very exciting. He remembers how it felt to be seriously looked at by all of these different programs in his sophomore year. However, as he got older, he realized that with his huge amount of talent there came a lot of responsibility attached. He knew that when it came time to commit he would have to carefully consider his choice and what he was looking for in a program. Who did he ultimately decide to go with?
How long and hard was the college recruitment road for Mookie Cooper?
The answer to that question is that is was very hard. However, it was through this process that Cooper demonstrated that he is not just a solid athlete on the field but also a great all-around mind that is wise beyond his years. Interestingly enough, Cooper did not go with the first program he committed to. He originally was going to go with the Texas Longhorns, but he later made the hard decision to de-commit. There were a lot of factors that went into this decision, but Cooper says he still has a lot of respect for what the Texas Longhorns program represents.
|7/12/2019 2:43:43 PM|
|Matthew Baldwin On Leaving Ohio State|
Matthew Baldwin is a gradually rising football star. He was raised in Texas by his parents, Michael and Mindy Baldwin. He was one of the ten from a 2018 recruiting class to join Ohio State in January 2018. His stay at Ohio State was a short one after he choose to transfer.
Matthew says the main reason for the transfer is due to home sickness. His transfer from Ohio comes after him nursing a knee injury from the 2017 Texas state playoffs.
Ryan Day, a quarterbacks coach played a vital role for Matthew to join Ohio State. He convinced Urban Meyer, then Ohio State head coach, to bring Matthew into the Buckeyes team. Meyer was impressed with Matthew after watching a film of him playing. He was struck by Matthew’s loyalty to his high school program at Lake Travis High School.
Later when Ohio State announced the retirement for Urban Meyer as the head coach, Ryan Day was made the head coach full time.Ryan runs the quarterbacks as a guru. He was once a quarterback too. He has played an integral part in molding Matthew and his other playmates like J.T Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, whom he had inherited form the former recruiting class of 2017.
Ryan nurtured Dwayne so vigorously that he went on to lead a record breaking Ohio State offense. Matthew watched him keenly learning lots from him. He saw Dwayne as someone he could emulate.
Ryan Day had the same expectations on Matthew, expecting better from him. Matthew took up the challenge and he was worked real hard.
When star Dwayne Haskins left the Ohio State team to contest for the 2019 NFL draft. Dwayne had been ranked as the top quarterback drafted for 2019 NFL and speculated to be 6th overall by the New York Giants. Dwayne had worked hard to take after J.T Barrett.
|4/22/2019 3:55:46 PM|
|Trey Leroux Accepts Ohio State Offer Improving the 2020 Class|
Trey Leroux was born in the town of Norwalk in Ohio State in the United States. Trey is a 3 star prospect according to the 247Sports rankings. In the Country He is No. 907 overall prospect, No. 90 offensive tackle and No. 38 offensive lineman in Ohio State.
At 6’8 feet and 340 pounds now, Trey Leroux has been defined as ’big’’ from his kindergarten days all through to Junior High School. His huge body has been an advantage to his football career and he is well adapted to the tactical techniques and demands of the sport.
From Monroeville to Norwalk
He has been steadily growing in his career and was the OPSWA (Ohio Prep Sports Writer Association) Division III North West District Lineman of the year and All- Ohio first team. His career has flourished more recently having moved to Norwalk and competing in tougher competitions with big names. Trey had started at left- tackle for Monroeville in his sophomore year.
On March 11, Trey Leroux through his Twitter handle announced that he decided to continue his academic and athletic career at the Ohio State University. He accepted the offer and expressed his deep gratitude for the honor. Before the offer he had visited the Buckeye’s spring practice match. He was impressed by the coaches and atmosphere. He adds the weather is also good and his family supported the decision. He was super excited at his decision because since childhood he had always want to play for Ohio State.
Before committing, Trey Leroux had received from Indiana University on February 26, Rutgers University, Eastern Michigan, University of Akron, West Virginia University, Ball state University, Bowling Green State University Kentucky, Pitt, Cincinnati and Purdue. He has expressed his gratitude to all schools that gave him an offer.
Trey Leroux has made official visits to Michigan University, Purdue University, Toledo University and twice to Notre Dame University. He took to himself to visit schools he was interested in.
Ohio State was recruiting 6 offensive lineman for 2020. Trey Leroux committing to the team, will add to a team of other 5 recruits. Trey is the fourth person committing thus two spots remaining.
|3/14/2019 3:38:46 PM|
|What Chris Olave's Commitment Means For The Buckeyes|
Similar in body type, playing style and even background, I have to say that Chris Olave reminds me of a younger Devin Smith. That may seem like a bit of overkill for some Ohio State fans, I get it, but Chris Olave will have to earn that comparison and I believe him to be up to the task.
The comparison comes based mostly on speed. As you know, Smith was not only a state-champion long-jumper but also a star on the track, making him a real crowd favorite. Olave is equally strong in track and field although he did not play football his junior year due to transfer rules. Despite that, he still earned several offers based on his basketball and track efforts... along with word of mouth. It was not until October that Ohio State offered Olave a contract after seeing him play in his first handful of senior season games.
|2/1/2018 4:04:43 PM|
|Ohio State Might Get 4 Star Receiver Jake Smith|
Coach Urban Meyer and his excellent staff have put their name in the hat for a chance for four star wide receiver Jake Smith out of Notre Dame Preparatory School (AZ).
Smith is a future conference leader and a sought after commodity for many schools. The junior has over twenty offers from schools like Alabama, California, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and now Ohio State. He caught many scout's eyes with his 2000 yard season. He had 33 catches for one thousand and fifty five yards and ran for another eleven hundred and thirty five yards. Altogether he amassed 26 touchdowns and almost won a state championship for his Saints team.
|1/12/2018 9:47:24 PM|
|WR Kamryn Babb Committed to Ohio State|
Once again proving why he is one of the best coaches in the nation right now, if not of all time, Urban Meyer got another huge boost when Kamryn Babb committed to Ohio State. This news came in on Tuesday after Babb made an official announcement during a video he posted on Twitter.
Babb was in an interview saying that Coach Meyer's dedication to him was a big part of his decision to commit. This was in reference to his season-ending knee injury last season. This along with what he stated was a "family environment" were major factors in his decision.
It is clear that this young man is especially excited to play for Coach Meyer and receivers coach Zach Smith. He should help solidify the receiving corps for the next few years. The four star ranked prospect even turned down scholarships from other big name schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, Missouri, UCLA, and USC.
|12/20/2017 12:59:36 PM|
|Tyjon Lindsey Commits To The Buckeyes|
Tyjon Lindsey, the 2017 Five Star Wide Receiver From Las Vegas, NV, Joins Ohio State
Only days after reports that he intended to return to Las Vegas to partner with quarterback Tate Martell, Tyjon Lindsey has joined Ohio State. The 180 pound, five foot nine, five star wide receiver went public with his decision on Monday, in a video published on his Twitter account.
Over the past few months, things have gravitated towards Ohio State, however this was not always true with regards to Lindsey's enrolment. Nebraska --- headed by Keith Williams --- spent a lot of time trying to court the country's fifth best receiver, with numerous journeys to Nevada starting as far back as the Spring.
|8/23/2016 3:51:08 PM|