The Hurry Up: Local Linebacker Staying Patient While Ohio State Offers Another Out-of-State Prospect

By Andrew Lind on January 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm
Brian Asamoah
Brian Asamoah

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.


Columbus St. Francis De Sales linebacker Brian Asamoah was on campus for the second time in as many months for Ohio State's Junior Day on Saturday.

“The visit was great,” Asamoah told Eleven Warriors. “I had an amazing experience.”

The 6-foot, 205-pound Asamoah holds 11 offers from programs such as Cincinnati, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh and UCLA, but said his relationship with Ohio State only continues to grow.

“This gave me more of an opportunity to connect with the coaching staff and really learn a lot about the program,” Asamoah said. “I was able to have one-on-one with coach [Urban] Meyer and coach [Bill] Davis. During my one-on-one with coach Meyer, he said they're very interested in me and he loves my style of play. He wants me to come down in the spring. Coach Davis and I really got to know one another and got to further our relationship.”

An offer would have been the cherry on top, of course, but Asamoah understands its still early in the process.

“Patience is a virtue,” he said.


Ohio State handed out more than a dozen offers in the last week, one of which went out to Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor four-star wide receiver Brennan Eagles.

The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Eagles is considered the 16th-best wideout and the No. 102 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He holds nearly 20 offers from programs such as Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC.

Eagles ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at a Rivals event last spring and is a district qualifier in the long jump. He recorded 55 catches for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Lions this fall.


Though Ohio State already holds commitments from defensive tackles Haskell Garrett and Jerron Cage and awaits decisions from Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele, some have wondered why the staff didn't make more of an effort with De Sales three-star Derrius Mullins.

He always dreamed of playing for the Buckeyes, but an offer never materialized and he committed to Indiana over the summer. Mullins was one of the Hoosiers' highest-rated commits, considered the 50th-best defensive tackle in the class.

He announced on Monday, however, he would not qualify academically and will be forced to go to prep school.

If all goes according to plan, Mullins will still have a committable offer from Indiana once he gets his grades in order. But if Ohio State strikes out with both Wilson and Tufele, does the staff keep track of Mullins' progress in hopes of bringing him in next cycle?

It will be interesting to see how things unfold.


Grove City weak-side defensive end Zach Waddle announced on Twitter this evening he has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Ohio State.

The 6-foot-5, 212-pounder is not ranked by any major recruiting sites, but holds academic and athletic scholarship offers from small-time schools like Cornell, Davidson, Limestone College, Lake Erie College and Urbana. He recorded 35 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and one sack for the Greyhounds this season.

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