Spring Forecast: An Up to date Prediction for the Defensive Facet of Ohio State’s 2020 Recruiting Class


Ohio State’s 2020 class is coming collectively properly as Ryan Day continues to do effective work on the recruiting path. Seven of the Buckeyes’ eight commitments are on the offensive aspect of the ball, however that should not be a shock – or a priority – given what transpired earlier within the yr.

The departures of Greg Schiano, Invoice Davis, and Alex Grinch meant that the brand new defensive workers needed to construct an entire new relationship with a number of long-standing Buckeye targets. Jeff Hafley, Greg Mattison, and Al Washington have been on the job for a couple of months now and it seems as if the Buckeyes are on observe for an additional effective defensive haul. 

Earlier this week, we took an up to date take a look at how Ryan Day’s first-class might look on offense. With the spring recreation behind us and official visits underway, we now flip to the defensive aspect of the ball. 

Defensive Line (3)

It’s kind of of a shock that Cincinnati’s Darrion Henry (Princeton) hasn’t dedicated but and plans on ready even longer earlier than making a call. Nonetheless, there does not look like any cause to fret in regards to the state’s prime remaining prospect. He is 6-foot-6 and 260 kilos and doubtless tasks as an inside lineman. Henry has taken numerous visits however was again in Columbus for the spring recreation. Alabama provided final month and packages like Penn State, Michigan, and Georgia are additionally within the combine. He is anticipated to drop his checklist of prime faculties on Monday. 

Princeton Excessive College teammate Jaheim Thomas has principally been related on the hip with Henry because the duo has made nearly all of their visits collectively. Thomas is a four-star outdoors linebacker/edge rusher whose place may very well be extra of a defensive finish on the subsequent degree. The Buckeyes prolonged a suggestion in March after Georgia and Alabama hosted Thomas and the 6-foot-5, 218-pounder earned provided from each SEC powers. If Ohio State needs him, there’s little doubt the place Thomas will find yourself.

Larry Johnson has been doing his analysis on Groveport’s Terah Edwards, and I am undecided if this month’s dedication to Northwestern will do a lot to vary that. Edwards can play alongside the inside on both offense or protection, and he may very well be a flip candidate down the street. He is the third defensive linemen on our checklist for now, however there is definitely an opportunity that quantity might stretch to 4.

*One to observe: Culver, Indiana DE Deontae Craig

Linebacker/Bullet (3)

The brand new bullet place might add a little bit of a brand new wrinkle to Ohio State’s linebacker and security recruiting, however the gist of it’s that Jeff Hafley, Al Washington, and the defensive workers will doubtless be looking out for extra gamers within the Brendon White mould. Guys who’re bodily sufficient to play linebacker but in addition possess the velocity and protection expertise of a security.

Bellflower, California’s Kourt Williams (St. John Bosco) is a first-rate instance of somebody who might match into the bullet position. At 6-foot-1 and 215 kilos, some packages are taking a look at him as a security whereas others choose him at linebacker. Williams will make an official go to to Ohio State on June 29th and hopes to decide earlier than the beginning of his senior yr. He would carry some versatility to the protection, however we have him on our checklist at linebacker. Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and UCLA are additionally within the image.

We have not talked an excessive amount of about Olney, Maryland’s Mitchell Melton, however the three-star is a prospect we might be watching transferring ahead. It appears as if Mekhail Sherman’s recruitment might finish with him committing to Georgia, so that may doubtless transfer Melton up the Buckeyes’ board a bit. The Good Counsel linebacker additionally holds provides from Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss.

Westerville’s Rickey Hyatt is one other candidate to play security, linebacker, or the bullet spot. At 6-foot-2 and 190 kilos, Hyatt was provided by Al Washington just some quick weeks in the past. The workers will doubtless proceed to judge to get a greater really feel of his trajectory, however we have now bought him in for 2020.

*One to observe: Brooklyn athlete William Mohan

Defensive Again (5)

The Lejond Cavazos dedication was a giant one for the category because the Buckeyes bought one in all their prime defensive targets again within the fold. The four-star has additionally been an lively recruiter for Ryan Day and the workers, which definitely might assist out within the lengthy haul. Cornerback continues to be a significant want and we’re in search of Jeff Hafley and Co. to signal three for 2020.

Henry Grey is the identify we have talked about probably the most as the previous Miami dedication is excessive on each Ohio State and Clemson. The Tigers landed Jacksonville’s Fred Davis earlier within the month and which will assist the Buckeyes with Grey. The Hurricanes stay within the image however we have the nation’s No. 6 nook ending up in Columbus. 

Keep in mind once we used to see these “City Meyer specials” with prospects like Vonn Bell, Raekwon McMillan, and Nicholas Petit-Frere? It is feeling increasingly like La Habra, California’s Clark Phillips may very well be simply that for Ryan Day and Jeff Hafley. Each have ties to the Golden State and a few are of the assumption that the Buckeyes are out in entrance for Phillips. 

Tuscon’s Lathan Ransom is way from a slam dunk at this level, however he is already made the journey to Columbus as soon as and might be again for an official. Notre Dame is a critical contender for the four-star, however for we have nonetheless bought him penciled in.

Cameron Martinez is a bit completely different as he could also be able to enjoying a number of spots and may very well be probably the most versatile participant on the Buckeyes’ radar. He performs quarterback in highschool and will see the sector at receiver, H-back, or defensive again on the subsequent degree. We have got him within the secondary in the intervening time, however it could hardly be a shock if that modified. Michigan and Northwestern are the opposite prime contenders.

*One to observe: New Jersey security Jordan Morant


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