Three-Star Tight End Jake Pickard Leaves Ohio State Without an Offer

By Jordan Wagner on June 21, 2014 at 11:51p
Jake Pickard

On Saturday, three-star tight end Jake Pickard was one of many prospects on hand at Ohio State's camp hoping to earn an offer from the Buckeyes. 

The 6-foot-6, 231 pound prospect from New Jersey has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisville, Nebraska, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers Syracuse, Temple and Virginia. 

Pickard didn't get the Ohio State offer he hoped to earn, however, the coaching staff is still monitoring the tight end. 

"I talked with coach Hinton for awhile," he told Eleven Warriors. "He likes me a lot but didn't think I caught enough balls. Great route runner, and very tough but wants to see see my ball handling skills a little more refined."

Playing offensive tackle as a junior has caused his hands to be a little rusty, Pickard said. Since late February, the tight end prospect has put on 29 pounds while decreasing his body fat percentage. For Ohio State, his hands will be the deciding factor on whether or not he gets an offer. 

"[Hinton] said he checked off 9/10 boxes for an offer but wants to see how my hands develop a little more."

With four-star tight end Chris Clark committed to Michigan, the Buckeyes had to shift their focus to other targets, including Pickard. Over the next month, the Buckeyes will continue to evaluate their remaining options. 

"He really wants me to come to Friday Night Lights," he said. "He will also be rewatching my film from camp."

Boston College, Nebraska, Oregon, Purdue, Syracuse and Virginia are currently the top six schools in Pickard's recruitment. Where would Ohio State stand if they offer?

"Definitely in my top schools," Pickard said. "I'd have to visit again to see if they would be my number one."

The Buckeyes might need to make a move soon for the three-star prospect or they risk losing out on him. 

"I'll see how my visit goes with Oregon [in July] then decide if I want to come [to Friday Night Lights]."


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buckeyeguy0615's picture

At first I read that as "He likes me a lot but didn't think I had enough balls."

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Hopefully he can improve his hands to Hinton's satisfaction.  I like this kid!

teddyballgame's picture

I hope he doesn't give up and decides comes back for FNL.  If nothing else he learned that he needs to work some of that rust off his hands...

buckeyedexter's picture

I wonder if wearing that blue jacket with the giant M had anything to do with it?

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Buckster's picture

With the top TEs off the board, if Pickard goes elsewhere, are Urban and Hinton getting somewhat too picky?

At this rate, the Buckeyes won't have a TE until January, if any in this class.  With Hentges and Clark gone, sounds like they are TE dizzy and don't know what to do.  Circling the TE wagons.

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MN Buckeye's picture

This staff is up front and honest with kids, so if he does eventually get an offer he will have earned it.

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Mortc15's picture

Remember that Clark has committed and decommitted once already. By FNL, OSU hopefully has Hilliard and a few others in the fold and if Clark doesn't want to reopen his recruitment, maybe then Pickard gets his offer if he camps. 


WesPatterson23's picture

They don't just want to fill a position. They want somebody who is adequate enough to play the position and thrive.

Jabba1977's picture

I hope he gets his receiving skills together.We are in great need of a TE,for this class!!