The Hurry-Up: Bryce West Would Enjoy Practicing Against Jeremiah Smith If He Goes to Ohio State, Trenton Wilson Enjoys His Spring Game Visit

By Garrick Hodge on April 18, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Bryce West

Ohio State continues to prioritize Ohio cornerback Bryce West in the 2024 class.

The four-star Glenville cornerback also continues to be high on the Buckeyes in his recruitment, thoroughly enjoying a two-day visit to Columbus earlier this month on April 3 and 4. 

“It was a great visit,” West told Eleven Warriors. “It opened my eyes a lot, I have been (to OSU) so many times so I already knew what it was like, but it was even more of a better experience this time because I was more around the coaching staff because I was there for a two-day visit. So you got to really see what the experience was like.” 

West attended OSU’s practice with fellow Ohio cornerback Aaron Scott, another priority target on the Buckeyes’ 2024 recruiting board.

“It was a fun experience because usually every time he and I go on college visits, we’re never there at the same time,” West said. “So us being there on that visit, you could see they brought two of their top targets in. We were able to talk about college and just like life.” 

As it stands, Ohio State currently has 12 commitments and boasts the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the nation. But 10 of those 12 players are offensive prospects, and there’s been a big push to complement the class with defensive playmakers. Some of that push has come from OSU’s commits themselves, with five-star wide receiver Jeremiah Smith openly recruiting both West and Scott. West said having Smith push for him to join him at Ohio State was humbling.

“I’ve been talking to Jeremiah for a while, even before he was committed,” West said. “He’s a very talented wide receiver. Him reaching out like that, I wouldn’t say it puts pressure on you, but it makes you want to go to a school like that because that’s the No. 1 wide receiver in the country and he’s a very hard person to guard. He can make you better every day at practice and get you right.” 

While on the visit, West spent plenty of time with OSU cornerbacks coach Tim Walton. He said he and Walton talk weekly or twice a week, conversations that usually just involve the cornerbacks coach checking in on West. 

“I have a very strong relationship with coach Walton because ever since he got to Ohio State, he’s been recruiting me hard,” West said. “We don’t just talk about football, we talk about real-life problems and choices. He could help develop me into a better man and a better player.” 

In the past, West has been vocal about taking his recruitment the distance and committing on National Signing Day. But that may no longer be the plan for the Glenville product.

“It might just come a little bit earlier,” West said of his commitment. “I’m not sure when yet, I’m definitely talking it over with my parents.” 

West plans to take an official visit to Ohio State on June 24.

Trenton Wilson enjoyed trip to Columbus for spring game

One of Ohio State’s defensive line targets in the 2025 cycle enjoyed his second trip to Ohio State this spring. After taking his first-ever visit to Columbus on March 25, Maryland prospect Trenton Wilson returned to Ohio State once again on Saturday, taking in the Buckeyes’ spring game and spending time with Ryan Day and Larry Johnson.

“I enjoyed my visit and the spring game,” Wilson told Eleven Warriors. “There was a lot of alumni and coaches that showed love. I talked to coach Day and Johnson on the visit. They both said that they would love for me to play for them and they are going to recruit me hard.”

Wilson was offered by OSU on his first visit and has 24 Division I offers in total.

Donovan Harbour commits to PSU

An offensive lineman with an Ohio State offer is headed to a rival Big Ten school. Four-star Wisconsin offensive lineman Donovan Harbour committed to Penn State Tuesday, giving the Nittany Lions 10 commits in the 2024 class. 

Harbour visited the Buckeyes several times last fall, but OSU had since pivoted to other options on the offensive line. With four commitments in the offensive trenches, the Buckeyes may still take up to two more offensive linemen but can afford to be selective about who they target.

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