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.
BOOM COMING SOON?
One of Ohio State’s top wide receiver targets is that much closer to making a decision on his future after St. Louis Cardinal Ritter Prep four-star Jameson Williams included the Buckeyes in his Top 5 on Thursday afternoon alongside Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA.
glee! top5... commitment next pic.twitter.com/NKMOWLqc3y— juiceman (@juicedupjameson) June 14, 2018
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Williams is considered the 26th-best wide receiver and No. 146 prospect overall in the Class of 2019, as he racked up 1,261 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns to lead the Lions to the second round of the state playoffs last season. He’s also the state record-holder in the 300-meter hurdle, as his time of 37.28 seconds last spring broke the mark set by former Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Williams has made two trips to campus since wide receivers coach Zach Smith offered him a scholarship last August, must recently an unofficial visit for a spring practice in early April. The two have grown exceptionally close in the last few months, and Ohio State is widely expected to land his pledge as a result.
“The environment and the people outside of football [really stand out],” Williams told Eleven Warriors shortly after his unofficial visit for the 48-3 win over Michigan State back in November.
The Buckeyes are set to take three or four more wideouts this cycle to complement five-star Garrett Wilson. Williams is among the staff’s top-tier targets, right alongside Indiana four-star David Bell, Tennessee four-star Lance Wilhoite and fellow Show Me State four-star Marcus Washington. He’s set to return to campus for an official visit next Friday, June 22, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends his recruitment that weekend despite plans to visit the other finalists.
Columbia, South Carolina, Hammond School four-star defensive tackle Alex "Boogie" Huntley will make his second trip to campus for Ohio State’s one-day camp on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State State Saturday— Alex Huntley (@alexhuntley_) June 14, 2018
“It was awesome,” Huntley told Eleven Warriors. “The feeling of community and the history of the program is great.”
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Huntley is considered the fifth-best defensive tackle and No. 104 prospect overall int he Class of 2020, as he recorded 61 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries and seven sacks to lead the Skyhawks to an undefeated record and the state title last fall. He's also plays lacrosse and holds offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Georgia State, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee.
During his only other visit back in April, Huntley spent a considerable amount of time with defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who outlined a plan for how he could land an offer from the Buckeyes. The first step, obviously, was to return to campus this weekend.
“I know there’s so much I can learn from him,” Huntley said. “I’m looking forward to going up there this weekend and putting in some work.”
A SOLID PLAN
As first reported by Eleven Warriors last month, Ohio State will welcome Frankfort Lincoln-Way East four-star wide receiver A.J. Henning to campus for an unofficial visit on Saturday — though he won’t participate in the program’s one-day camp that afternoon.
hio State this weekend #Zone6— AJ Henning3 (@AJHenning3) June 14, 2018
“[I’m looking forward to] meeting all the staff face to face and seeing the stadium, obviously,” Henning told Eleven Warriors.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Henning is considered the fourth-best wide receiver and No. 24 prospect overall in the Class of 2020, as he racked up 651 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns to lead the Griffins to the second state title in school history last fall. He holds more than two dozen offers from programs such as Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
WE'RE NOT WORTHY
Ohio State continues to make the offensive line it’s top priority, which is why the staff offered a scholarship over the weekend to Port Neches, Texas, Groves three-star offensive tackle Jaylen Garth.
“This is a big one, actually,” Garth told Eleven Warriors.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Garth is considered the 40th-best offensive tackle and No. 344 prospect overall in the Class of 2020, but he’ll surely see his stock rise as he continues to mature physically. He’s grown three inches and packed on 35 pounds in the last year, which is why he now holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Houston, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M and Utah.
Offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson dropped by Garth’s school during the Spring Evaluation Period last month and the two met up during the Houston satellite camp on June 9, while Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa delivered the news over the phone that evening.
“[They just talked to me] about getting up to campus and stuff,” Garth said.
Garth is teammates with Longhorns four-star quarterback commit Roschon Johnson, so there’s no doubt he’s already pushing for Garth to join him in Austin.