The Hurry Up: Offensive Guard Justin Rogers Clarifies Commitment Comment While High School Football Begins in Earnest

By Andrew Lind on August 24, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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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.

FALSE ALARM

Oak Park, Michigan, five-star offensive guard Justin Rogers made headlines earlier this week when he tweeted that a commitment was “coming soon,” which would have been a surprising turn of events given the 6-foot-3 and 311-pounder has been pretty adamant about waiting until his senior season to make a decision on his future.

However, it turns out Rogers — who has been known to have a bit of fun with the recruiting process — was simply teasing his commitment to either the All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance, the Under Armour All-America Game or Polynesian Bowl.

“Everybody was kind of scared, but I’m just picking my all-star game,” Rogers told Buckeye Grove’s Marc Givler following the Knight’s 31-13 season-opening win on Thursday night.

Rogers — the top-rated offensive guard and No. 15 prospect overall in the Class of 2020 — has long been considered a heavy Ohio State lean. However, a pair of recent visits to Georgia and the then-unresolved situation surrounding Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer appeared to have swung momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor.

That said, we’re still a long way from Rogers making a decision on his future. He released a Top 13 in early June, but plans to trim that list again in the near future and make it back to campus again for a game this fall.

WAY-TOO-EARLY RANKINGS

Though we’re still 26 months away from the Early Signing Period, 247Sports unveiled its initial rankings for the Class of 2021 on Friday afternoon.

Ohio State already has offers out to 16 prospects from the 2021 recruiting cycle, including:

Georgia wide receiver Jayden Thomas is the only prospect with an offer who was not listed among the nation’s Top 100 prospects, though he’ll certainly see his stock soar if he continues to make plays like this moving forward.

Dublin Coffman four-star safety A.J. Kirk — the younger brother of three-time All-American Mike Doss — and Perry four-star running back Jaylen Anderson also made the initial cut, coming in at No. 28 and No. 78, respectively. Neither holds an offer from the Buckeyes at this time, but have both visited campus in the past.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

The high school football season begins in earnest this evening around the state of Ohio, which means several Ohio State commits are in action.

That includes Mentor four-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby and four-star defensive end Noah Potter, who kick off their senior seasons with the goal of avenging last season’s loss in the state championship. Cincinnati St. Xavier five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. and Lexington four-star linebacker Cade Stover also open their respective seasons this evening, with the former playing under the bright lights of Paul Brown Stadium, home to the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

In all, 18 of the Buckeyes’ 21 commitments are in action this weekend. Check out the schedule below:

2019 Ohio State Football Commits
NAME POS HIGH SCHOOL OPPONENT
DWAN MATHIS QB OAK PARK (MI) @ UTICA (MI) EISENHOWER - THURSDAY: W, 31-13
STEELE CHAMBERS RB ROSWELL (GA) BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC SOUTH FORSYTH (GA)
SAMPSON JAMES RB AVON (IN) INDIANAPOLIS (IN) BEN DAVIS
CORMONTAE HAMILTON TE MEMPHIS (TN) WHITEHAVEN MEMPHIS (TN) RIDGEWAY*
HARRY MILLER C BUFORD (GA) JONESBORO (GA)
DOUG NESTER OG HUNTINGTON (WV) SPRING VALLEY WAYNE (WV)
RYAN JACOBY OT MENTOR (OH) LAKEWOOD (OH) ST. EDWARD
NOAH POTTER OT MENTOR (OH) LAKEWOOD (OH) ST. EDWARD
KANE PATTERSON LB NASHVILLE (TN) CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY NASHVILLE (TN) ENSWORTH
CADE STOVER  LB LEXINGTON (OH) @ ONTARIO (OH)
JORDAN BATTLE CB FORT LAUDERDALE (FL) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS HYATTSVILLE (MD) DEMATHA CATHOLIC*
CRAIG YOUNG ATH FORT WAYNE (IN) WAYNE FORT WAYNE (IN) BISHOP LUERS
2020 Ohio State Football Commits
NAME POS HIGH SCHOOL OPPONENT
JACK MILLER QB SCOTTSDALE (AZ) CHAPARRAL SCOTTSDALE (AZ) DESERT MOUNTAIN
DARVON HUBBARD RB SCOTTSDALE (AZ) CHAPARRAL SCOTTSDALE (AZ) DESERT MOUNTAIN
PARIS JOHNSON JR. OT CINCINNATI (OH) ST. XAVIER WEST CHESTER (OH) LAKOTA WEST @ PAUL BROWN STADIUM, CINCINNATI
JAKE WRAY OT MARIETTA (GA) OLNEY (MD) OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL
LEJOND CAVAZOS CB BRADENTON (FL) IMG ACADEMY @ GIBSONIA (PA) PINE-RICHLAND

* Saturday game

As always, make sure to come back to Eleven Warriors on Sunday morning for the Dynasty '19 Tracker, which gives an in-depth recap and statistics from this weekend's games.

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