Ohio State probably won't land a commitment from five-star athlete Dylan Moses. But the Buckeyes still have a shot, and sometimes in recruiting that's all that matters.
On Monday, Moses released the five schools for which he intends to take official visits, and Ohio State made the cut. Moses plans to visit Columbus for the annual rivalry game against Michigan on Nov. 26. Moses also intends to officially visit Alabama, Miami, Texas and UCLA this fall.
THE Official Fall '16 Tour pic.twitter.com/plkSQ2UBCg— King oses (@Dylan1Moses_) June 28, 2016
Moses — who attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida — is the No. 1-rated outside linebacker in the 2017 class and the second-ranked overall player. His 247Sports profile lists him at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds and says he has 40 scholarship offers. Moses was a one-time LSU commit but decommitted from the Tigers last summer and did not list LSU as one of the five schools he intends to officially visit.
Despite that, however, the 247Sports crystal ball has 72 percent of its predictions for Moses in favor of the Tigers and 24 percent favoring Alabama. Texas is also considered a strong contender — and perhaps the current favorite — in his recruitment.
Ohio State currently has the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2017 and has one linebacker, Antjuan Simmons, already committed with Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White — two potential future linebackers — in the fold already, as well. The Buckeyes are also hot after Texas linebackers Baron Browning and Anthony Hines.
Ohio State is at a bit of a disadvantage here, but Urban Meyer and Co. already turned one recruitment around rapidly by recently securing a commitment from five-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, so anything is possible at this point.
Because again, in recruiting, all you need is a shot.