The Hurry Up: Ohio State Offers Top-Rated Cornerback While the Class of 2019 Gets a Nickname

By Andrew Lind on August 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm
Sheridan Jones
Sheridan Jones

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.


When Ohio State landed a commitment this summer from Virginia Beach Bishop Sullivan four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell, it was rather easy to see he was coming from an on-the-rise program stocked with elite talent.

One teammate who has caught the eye of a number of top programs is four-star cornerback Sheridan Jones, whom the Buckeyes offered on Sunday night. 

"It means a lot [and] it shows that they actually have interest in me," Jones told Eleven Warriors

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Jones is considered the top-rated cornerback and No. 34 prospect overall in the Class of 2020, as he recorded 20 tackles and two pass break ups for the Crusaders last season. He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, but Ohio State stands out early in the process. 

"The draft has really got my eye," Jones said. "They put a lot of defensive backs into the league."

Of course, Jones hears a lot about everything the program has to offer from Mitchell. But head coach Urban Meyer, assistant coordinator Kerry Coombs and wide receivers coach/area recruiter Zach Smith have also made a great impression. 

"From videos I've seen, they keep the practices live, and that's something I really like," Jones said. "And I can see they really like me."

Jones has never been to campus, but plans to take his first unofficial visit for a game this fall. 


Ohio State assistant player of personnel Eron Hodges has been quite busy as of late, handing out another preferred walk-on offer to Bishop Watterson defensive end Perry Finnegan.

"I was speechless for a moment," Finnegan told Eleven Warriors. "It's been a life-long dream of mine to play for Ohio State."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Finnegan is not ranked by any major recruiting sites, as he recorded 21 tackles for Bishop Watterson in only 2 1/2 games last season. It's likely he caught Meyer's attention during a scrimmage against Upper Arlington on Saturday, though, as his son, Nate, plays wide receiver for the Eagles.

"Coach Hodges said he saw my film and was impressed with it," Finnegan said.

Finnegan holds a scholarship offer from Brown, but will seriously consider the walk-on opportunity with Ohio State.

"I loved the camp and the coaches at Brown, and the Ivy League is great. However I have been a Buckeye fan all my life [and] the academics at Ohio State are top notch."


ESPN unveiled its initial ESPNJr300 on Monday morning, and the list was full of prospects with offers from Ohio State.

It's worth noting the recruiting service doesn't hand out a fifth star until later in the process, but here's a look at who the Buckeyes are chasing among the Top 100:

Georgia has made a significant push early on, but it'll be interesting to see if those pledges hold. Particularly with Nolan Smith, who 2018 five-star defensive end commit Brenton Cox called one of his top targets on the recruiting trail.


Speaking of the top juniors in the country, the aforementioned Hodges announced on Twitter Sunday night Ohio State's Class of 2019 — much to this dismay of Eleven Warriors commenter Eddie27Zeke15 — will be here forth known as #DYN19STY.

For those keeping track at home, that means we've recently had Dream '14, Elite '15, Select '17 and Supreme '18 — the Class of 2016 didn't have a fancy moniker, though Sweet '16 would have probably worked. 

Anyway, Ohio State currently holds one commitment for 2019 in the above-mentioned Nester (yeah, he dropped in the 247Sports Composite rankings following his pledge, too). As other prospects join the class, look for their hashtag to be used more often on social media.

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