The Hurry Up: Wandale Robinson And Jaxon Smith-Njigba Post Huge Friday Night Performances, Peyton Powell Visits TCU And Marcus Washington Has A Decision Ready

By Derrick Webb on September 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm
Jaxon Smith-Njigba

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.


Before Ohio State traveled to Happy Valley and broke the hearts of over 100,000 Penn State fans, two of the Buckeyes' recruiting targets put on clinics under Friday night's lights.

Let's start with Western Hills (Ky.) all-purpose back Wandale Robinson, who has been nothing short of a walking highlight reel this season. In a 32-0 win over Washington County, Robinson rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns, caught an 11-yard touchdown pass and posted 12 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

But if you haven't been paying attention, this has become an every week ritual for Robinson. The four-star back is the favorite to win Kentucky's Mr. Football and, according to 247Sports' crystal ball predictions, has a 67 percent chance to end up at Ohio State.

This past weekend, he attended Kentucky's home game against South Carolina. The Wildcats are also a major contender for Robinson but have, seemingly, fallen behind the Buckeyes and Duke.

While Robinson was having himself a night, Rockwall (Texas) Jaxon-Smith Njigba was following suit. Smith-Njigba, a four-star receiver whom the Buckeyes offered on Sept. 17, posted quite possibly the stat line of the season in a 42-35 loss to Longview.

The wideout caught 13 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns while taking three rushing attempts for 36 yards and a score. Those are what we call video game numbers.


Last week, Permian (Texas) wide receiver Peyton Powell told Eleven Warriors "I'm at the end of my recruiting, trying to see the last top programs I haven't visited yet. I've only been on one official to Ohio State ... loved everything about them and how they took me in."

Saturday, Powell made a visit to TCU, seeing the Horned Frogs beat Iowa State 17-14.

Powell was also on hand for the Buckeyes' 40-28 win over TCU in Arlington, Texas back on Sept. 15. Predictions as to where Powell will land are split between Oklahoma (48 percent), TCU (24 percent) and Ohio State (19 percent). The Sooners once had a sizable lead over both the Horned Frogs and Buckeyes but have reportedly lost ground since.

Whichever way he chooses, it's expected that Powell makes a decision at some point in the near future.


It seems as if one of Ohio State's top receiving targets is nearing a decision. Trinity Catholic (Mo.) wideout Marcus Washington tweeted yesterday that he has his "mind made up."

Judging by the Buckeyes' recent success with Missouri wide receivers, it could be a welcome sign. Ohio State, of course, recently received a commit from Cardinal Ritter Prep wideout Jameson Williams, who also resides in St. Louis.

Washington is a four-star receiver that's considered the 26th-best receiver and third-best overall prospect at any position in Missouri. Through six games this season, Washington has 20 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns alongside 354 all-purpose yards.

(Jaxon Smith-Njigba photo via Twitter/@CurtisSports)

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