The Hurry Up: Michigan Gaining Significant Ground With Zach Harrison, More Details About Jaxon Smith-Njigba And Good News On Aidan Keanaaina

By Derrick Webb on November 5, 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.


First, the bad news. Then, well ... there's not a lot other than bad news concerning five-star defensive end Zach Harrison if you're an Ohio State fan right now.

The Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, Ohio) product's recruitment took a significant swing towards Michigan today, according to multiple recruiting analysts and prognosticators. Harrison is, of course, Ohio's top recruit in the class of 2019 and the third-ranked prospect nationally.

Earlier today, four-star defensive tackle Denver Warren (Aurora, Ill.) decommitted from Michigan, saying it was "due to the university not having enough room for me on the D-line roster for 2020."

Why does this matter? Well, why isn't there room for Warren all of the sudden?

Immediately after Warren's decommitment, Harrison's name started floating around ... a lot.

Steve Wiltfong, the Director of 247Sports Football Recruiting, switched his crystal ball pick for Harrison from Ohio State to Michigan. Then, seven others followed suit including Andrew Ellis of Eleven Warriors and Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row.


Crystal ball projections now show a 54 percent lean towards Michigan for Harrison and the Wolverines seem to only be gaining steam. This is probably the last thing Ohio State fans want to read or hear but don't shoot the messenger ... Harrison looks to be headed north.


Despite Micah Potter's decision to transfer from Ohio State's basketball team, his younger brother Noah is "1000% committed" to the Buckeyes' football program.

Potter, a 2019 four-star defensive end from Mentor High School, tweeted out his allegiance to Larry Johnson, Urban Meyer and company Monday afternoon.

At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Potter is ranked as Ohio's seventh-best prospect in the class of 2019 and the nation's 26th-best strong-side defensive end.


While Harrison's commitment isn't definite, Jaxon Smith-Njigba's certainly is. The 2020 wide receiver out of Rockwall, Texas became the newest Buckeye at 9 p.m. Sunday night.

He then told 247Sports that “Coach [Brian] Hartline and coach Meyer had been talking to me everyday since they offered me. They have been recruiting me hard. They just showed me how much they wanted me.”

Smith-Njigba's commitment came after he visited Columbus this past weekend. While talking to reporters Monday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Meyer praised Hartline for his recruiting efforts.

"Yeah, pretty good. I'm just trying to think who we have that he's ... for this class we have a handful of receiver commits, and he's doing a very good job," Meyer said of Hartline. "Just very, very observant. That's true. He was thrust into a situation. And I think one of the great things he had, he had a veteran group to coach, and he has very good recruiters around here to see how it's done. He's been here a couple of years. That's a positive."

Smith-Njigba is the second wide receiver to commit to the program in a little over a month. On Sept. 29, the Buckeyes landed four-star 2019 wideout Jameson Williams.

“I loved Columbus," Smith-Njigba told Lettermen Row following his visit. "The city itself reminds me a lot of home, the Dallas Fort-Worth area. I loved everything about being at Ohio State.”

Also, Ohio State's Mark Pantoni was fired up about Smith-Njigba's pledge. See for yourself.


Even with the addition of Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Marcus Crowley to Ohio State's 2019 recruiting class Sunday afternoon, Katy (Texas) running back Deondrick Glass is still interested in Ohio State.

The four-star back is considered the nation's 13th-best running back and Texas' 29th-best overall prospect. Upon the news of Crowley's commitment, Glass told Buckeye Grove's Marc Givler that the Buckeyes were "still in the running."

As of now, seven crystal ball predictions have been placed, all of which go to Oklahoma State. Glass was on an official visit to Ohio State this past weekend and is planning a trip to Alabama, in the same capacity, this coming Saturday.


Staying on the good news track, four-star J.K. Mullen (Denver, Co.) defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina seems to have enjoyed his visit to Ohio State this Saturday. Keanaaina has expressed his interest in the Buckeyes multiple times via Twitter yet all three of his crystal ball projections lean towards Notre Dame.

However, the Buckeyes could have an inside track to land Keanaaina's pledge thanks to Tony Alford. Alford and Keanaaina's father Stacey, who was also in Columbus, played together at Colorado State University in the 1990's. After Saturday's game, Stacey took to Twitter to thank Alford for an "amazing visit."

At 6-foot-3, 292 pounds, Keanaaina is Colorado's fourth-best overall prospect in the class of 2020 and the 29th-best defensive tackle in his class. The Buckeyes offered on May 22.


Back on Oct. 11, I spoke with Franklin Heights quarterback Jeffery Beverly about his visit to Ohio State earlier this season. At the time, Beverly said, "I like how [Ohio State] is a big team and filled with a bunch of kids who want to graduate and earn a degree. I'm looking to just build a better relationship and eventually see more and learn more about OSU."

Beverly, in the class of 2022, has already been on multiple visits to Ohio State and has kept in contact with coaches Ryan Day, Devon Smith and Ed Terwilliger. This past week, he posted his freshman season highlight video. Take a look.


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