Damar Hamlin, One of Ohio State's Biggest Recruiting Priorities, to Make Official Visit This Weekend

By Jeremy Birmingham on January 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm
Damar Hamlin at Ohio State in the summer.

Last month, Pittsburgh 2016 defensive back Damar Hamlin eliminated Notre Dame from his recruiting list and narrowed his options to three: Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh.

This weekend, the country's 12th-ranked cornerback will make his second official visit, to Ohio State. Hamlin, who last last visited the Buckeyes Nov. 21, confirmed his plans with Eleven Warriors earlier Monday afternoon.

The MaxPreps.com All-American, who led his Central Catholic squad to a state title in Pennsylvania as a senior, has been to Ohio State repeatedly since his first trip in 2013. He's been a high-priority target for the Buckeyes, led by Luke Fickell, longer than most but, as with most Pittsburgh-area stars, the Panthers may be the team to beat in this race. His 247Sports.com crystal ball predictions are, as you can see, all over the place, and may be underestimating Pitt's role in his recruitment.

Hamlin, the Defensive Player of the Year in Pennsylvania, has not yet visited Penn State or Pittsburgh officially, and right now neither of them are scheduled but they are expected. 

As Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop departs for Tennessee, the Nittany Lions are likely going to have to find some answers on their staff before he heads back to Happy Valley.

Joining Hamlin this weekend will be another major target, New Jersey's Jordan Fuller, who–along with Hamlin–has been right at the top of the Buckeyes' recruiting board for most of the 2016 cycle.

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