The Hurry Up: Southern Columbia's Preston Zachman Recaps Trip To Columbus, Northmont's Jestin Jacobs To Be In Columbus And Jordan Battle Visiting Alabama

By Derrick Webb on November 7, 2018 at 6:50 pm
Preston Zachman

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.


In Sunday's Hurry Up, Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pa.) linebacker Max Tillett recapped his visit to Columbus this past weekend. But Tillett certainly wasn't the only member of his high school team to watch Ohio State beat Nebraska in the Shoe.

Preston Zachman, a linebacker and wide receiver at Southern Columbia, was also in attendance. He had the chance to hang out with Buckeyes receivers coach Brian Hartline.

And, if you're wondering, Zachman will certainly make his way back.

"I was very impressed with the practice facility and I will be going to the game against Michigan and then for a couple visits in the spring," Zachman said. "Coach Hartline and I talk almost everyday. He's been the only one to contact me or show interest."


Zachman is listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and is in the class of 2020. You can certainly expect his name to pop up on the radar as his high school career progresses.

"My recruiting process is basically just started to heat up a little, I guess you could say," Zachman said. "I’m finally getting some coaches messaging me and showing interest. I’m hoping to receive some offers maybe in the spring time or summer."

Zachman has speed for his size and is used out of the wildcat, as you can see from the video above. He also has good body control, soft hands and comes back to the ball well.

"[I want to try] to make more big plays on the field but then continuing to get bigger, stronger and faster off the field ... working hard in the weight room," he said.


Less than 48 hours after Ohio State offered Northmont's Jestin Jacobs, the in-state linebacker and Iowa commit has scheduled a visit to Columbus.

Jacobs, alongside an incredibly lengthy list of others, will be in the Shoe for Nov. 24's contest against Michigan. Jacobs told 247Sports that he was "looking forward to seeing the atmosphere, talking with the coaches and the current commits."

Since May, Jacobs has been committed to the Hawkeyes but Ohio State has to see his scheduling a visit as nothing but a good sign. He's the 12th-ranked overall prospect in Ohio's class of 2019 and the nation's 18th-ranked outside linebacker.

He's been recruited by Ohio State's Kevin Wilson and Bill Davis.


When Ohio State commit Jordan Battle was forced to cancel his visit to Columbus this past weekend, his longtime pledge to the Buckeyes was called in question by some. That trend could continue going into this weekend as Battle plans to visit Alabama.

Jordan Battle

Battle's visit to Alabama has been scheduled for quite some time but there's always a possibility that a flip could happen, a la Marcus Crowley this past weekend who flipped from Miami (FL) to Ohio State after visiting Columbus.

Currently, the four-star prospect is ranked as Florida's 14th-best overall prospect and the nation's sixth-best safety. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) committed on June 29.

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