The Hurry Up: Ohio State Continues to Make Its Presence Felt in Texas While Florida Tight End Sets Unofficial Visit

By Andrew Lind on February 16, 2017 at 7:15p
Keaontay Ingram

Keaontay Ingram

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The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.

OHIO (COME BACK TO TEXAS)

Ohio State offered a scholarship on Wednesday night to Carthage, Texas, four-star junior running back Keaontay Ingram.

"It means a lot," Ingram told Eleven Warriors. "It's one of those big-time offers you work hard for and it finally came through. It's a blessing."

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Ingram is considered the 19th-best running back and No. 323 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He holds 20 offers from programs such as Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

Ingram rushed for 2,244 yards and 32 touchdowns and had 47 receptions for 492 yards and two touchdowns to help the Bulldogs to the state championship. His 180-yard, two-touchdown effort earned him the game's most valuable player award.

ANOTHER ASCENDER

The Buckeyes also extended a scholarship offer on Thursday afternoon to Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy four-star defensive end Stephon Wynn Jr.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Wynn Jr. is considered the fifth-best strong-side defensive end and No. 88 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He holds more than two dozen offers from programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. 

Wynn Jr. had 77 tackles, 21 quarterback pressures, 10 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and two pass breakups for Anderson, South Carolina, T.L. Hanna. He announced he was transferring to IMG in mid-January.

URBAN MEYER'S FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Nease three-star tight end Zach Sheffer told Eleven Warriors on Thursday he'll visit Ohio State the weekend of April 1.

"I'm very excited," Sheffer said. "I hear from coach [Urban] Meyer, coach [Kevin] Wilson and coach [Ryan] Day every day, so I can't wait to check it out."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Sheffer is considered the 16th-best tight end and No. 440 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He holds nearly 25 offers from programs such as Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"I just want to see campus, facilities and get a feel for Columbus," Sheffer said. "Meet some more people."

Sheffer had 45 receptions for 607 yards and five touchdowns while lining up at tight end, in the slot and at H-Back for Panthers this season.

GETTING ACQUAINTED

Ohio State will likely take two tight ends in next year's class, and while Lindenhurst, New York, four-star Jeremy Ruckert is presumed to be one, it's not so clear as to who the other may be. 

If the staff is truly concerned with having 50 percent of the incoming class to hail from within the state, they'll certainly take a hard look at Cincinnati Madeira three-star Jack Cravaack.

"I've been talking to coach [Kerry] Coombs and he visited my school a couple times," Cravaack told Eleven Warriors. "He hasn't said much about an offer, but he said that they're interested in me and would love to get me to a spring practice."

The 6-foot-5, 224-pound Cravaack is considered the fifth-best tight end in the state and No. 984 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He had 11 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns as a junior and earned offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Toledo and Wake Forest as a result.  

Like so many other Ohioans, however, Cravaack hopes the Buckeyes eventually come through. 

"That would mean a lot," Cravaack said. "I've grown up watching Ohio State and it'd be an honor to have the chance to play for them."

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