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.
Ohio State offered a scholarship on Sunday evening to Montvale, New Jersey, St. Joseph Regional offensive guard Luke Wypler.
Offer from Ohio State! pic.twitter.com/cIn4HLhRqg
— Wypler (@LukeWypler) March 11, 2018
"It means a lot for me," Wypler told Eleven Warriors. "[It's] such an historic school that has produced football legends. It's a pretty big deal."
The 6-foot-4, 269-pound Wypler is not yet ranked by any major recruiting sites, but already holds more than a dozen as a sophomore from programs such as Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin. He's speaks with defensive coordinator and area recruiter Greg Schiano every week and is currently in the process of planning his first trip to Columbus for July.
IAH TO CMH
A little more than a week after he included Ohio State in his Top 10 alongside Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee and Texas A&M, Houston St. Pius X four-star wide receiver Jalen "Boobie" Curry has set an official visit to Columbus.
"[I'll be there] April 14," Curry told Eleven Warriors.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Curry is considered the 18th-best wide receiver and No. 90 prospect overall in the Class of 2019, as he hauled in 121 receptions for 1,570 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to the state championship game last season. He was once committed to the Seminoles, but backed off that pledge in December after former head coach Jimbo Fisher took the same position with the Aggies.
Curry has never been to campus before, but has grown especially close to head coach Urban Meyer and wide receivers coach Zach Smith since the Buckeyes offered him a scholarship in early February. He's excited to immerse himself in what he calls the "Buckeye culture" next month.
“I'm looking to really enjoy myself and have a great time,” Curry said.
Curry may be joined on the trip by his teammate, four-star quarterback Grant Gunnell, whose father told Eleven Warriors is in the process of scheduling an official visit to Ohio State this spring.
With Georgia four-star offensive lineman Harry Miller and Virginia four-star cornerback Sheridan Jones also set to be in attendance, the Spring Game is already shaping up to be yet another huge recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes.
With offers out to more than two dozen receivers, Ohio State has several options at the position this recruiting cycle. Official visits this spring should help narrow things down a bit, though, which is why the Buckeyes are pushing for Hollywood, Florida, Chaminade-Madonna four-star John Dunmore to get to campus for the first time sooner rather than later.
"Ohio State wants me to come up for an official visit in the fall if I can't make it this spring," Dunmore told Eleven Warriors.
The 6-foot-2, 172-pound Dunmore is considered the 22nd-best wide receiver and No. 118 prospect overall in the Class of 2019, but continues to see his stock rise considerably after he punched his tickets to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge and The Opening Finals during the camp circuit this spring.
A one-time Florida commit, Dunmore holds more than 30 offers from programs such as Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, UCF, West Virginia and Wisconsin. And with spring practice right around the corner, he anticipates more teams will enter the race for his services.
That's a big reason why he's in no hurry to make a decision on his future.
"I plan on releasing a Top 10 sometime this summer and then go from there," Dunmore said, noting he has trips to Ann Arbor, Gainesville and Tallahassee already on the docket. "Just taking my time and weighing out all my options before I lock back into one school again."
The Seminoles are considered the favorites in Dunmore's recruitment at this point in time, thanks — in large part — to proximity helps them tremendously. An offer from Miami would be a game-changer, too.
But Dunmore has a strong relationship with Meyer and Smith, who has a long history of pulling big-time wideouts like Johnnie Dixon, Binjimen Victor and Trevon Grimes out of South Florida. And it seems like the Buckeyes are going to be a factor in his recruitment until the end.
OPPOSITE OF RUCKERT
As first reported over the weekend by 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong and since confirmed by Eleven Warriors, Chandler, Arizona, three-star tight end Brayden Liebrock will make his first trip to Columbus on March 23.
The visit will coincide with his spring break and be sandwiched among stops at Texas on March 20, Colorado on March 21, Ole Miss on March 22 and Notre Dame on March 24.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Liebrock is considered the 14th-best tight end and No. 398 prospect overall in the class of 2019, as he hauled in 39 catches for 600 yards and five touchdowns to help the Wolves to the state championship last season. He holds offers from those programs mentioned above, as well as schools like Arizona, BYU, Nebraska, USC, Utah and Vanderbilt, Ohio State certainly has a chance to solidify its standing at the top of that list later this month.
Liebrock has been in contact with offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson since the Buckeyes offered early last month, and it appears he and Chicago four-star Jahleel Billingsley are the staff’s top priorities at the position. He plans to make a decision ahead of his senior season.