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.
GARRETT WILSON, JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA NEED YOUR HELP
Two Texas receivers in Ohio State's 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes need your assistance.
Lake Travis' Garett Wilson and Rockwall's Jaxon Smith-Njigba are both up for awards and you can vote for each. Wilson has been nominated for the USA Today's weekly "Super 25 Top Star" while Smith-Njigba is up for SportsDayHS' Offensive Player of the Year.
Buckeye nation I need a favor! https://t.co/DageOy1omm
— Jaxon Smith-Njigba (@jaxon_smith1) November 28, 2018
Wilson racked up 165 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns in last week's playoff win over San Antonio Madison. Meanwhile, Smith-Njigba put up career numbers in the first half of a loss to Allen, catching nine passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
He finishes his junior season with 96 catches for 1,719 yards and 20 touchdowns.
ST. JOHN'S TRIO ENJOYS WEEKEND VISIT TO COLUMBUS
Among the many recruits to make their way to Columbus this past weekend, St. John's College High School (Washington D.C.) had a trio of names in the Shoe.
Five-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman, four-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett and four-star defensive tackle Tre Williams all enjoyed visits to Ohio State. In fact, they enjoyed it so much that Sherman and Williams have now put the Buckeyes in their "top two" college choices while Jarrett said he may have committed on the spot had his mother been on the trip to see him to do so.
After the visit, Jarrett told Lettermen Row's Jeremy Birmingham "Mom couldn’t make it. It might’ve been a done deal if she would’ve came, but she didn’t so I’ll play the waiting game and go out and see some colleges. I’ll bring her up with me next time for sure."
If Urban Meyer and company could somehow pull off corralling all three, well ... you don't have to be a genius to figure out how much of a win that would be.
At 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, Sherman is rated as the country's second-best outside linebacker and 13th-best overall recruit in the class of 2020. After he had season-ending surgery on Oct. 17, Sherman said that Meyer was one of the first people he called. And after Saturday's game, he said a "childhood dream" had been completed.
Childhood Dream Complete . Most Definitely was impressed. #GoBucks
— Mekhail Sherman (@JuicedUpK9) November 24, 2018
As for Williams, a 6-foot-2, 308-pound tackle, well ... he looks scary in Ohio State colors. He's ranked as the country's ninth-best defensive tackle in the class of 2020 and the fifth-best overall player in the D.C. area, competing with the likes of Sherman and Jarrett. He has nearly 30 offers from schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.
— TGroovy (@_TreWilliams) November 27, 2018
Jarrett, as mentioned earlier, has made his impressions known. In 2020, he's the sixth-best receiver in the country and the 42nd-ranked overall prospect.
Need some more good news? Out of a total 21 crystal ball predictions — 10 for Jarrett, six for Williams and five for Sherman — all 21 lean towards Ohio State. All three have also been crystal-balled (if that's a verb?) to Ohio State by 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong who, as you know, knows his stuff.
LEXINGTON'S CADE STOVER NAMED STATE'S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
If you haven't figured it out yet, Lexington's Cade Stover is really good at football. The Ohio State commit, who was on hand for Saturday's win over Michigan, was named Ohio's Defensive Player of the Year in Division III.
From the Mansfield News-Journal:
Lexington senior Cade Stover's fall just keeps getting better.
On Tuesday, Stover was named the 2018 Division III Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association All-Ohio Defensive Player of the Year. The Ohio State commit adds yet another prestigious award to his full list.
Stover ended his senior year with 175 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass break-ups on defense, as well as 1,497 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the other side of the ball.
Those numbers are the final pieces to a career that includes 313 tackles, eight interceptions, 24 pass break-ups, 3,613 all-purpose yards and 37 touchdowns.
Excited for him to get to Columbus? I hear the resounding yes in the background.
REACTIONS TO A DRUBBING
While several Ohio State commits in the next two recruiting cycles were at Ohio Stadium to personally see the Buckeyes beat Michigan 62-39 Saturday, the others watched the contest on television and, later, took to Twitter to react to the win.
After Lake Travis' playoff win, Wilson first tweeted "The fact they had [Ohio State quarterback Dwayne] Haskins out of the Heisman race at any point this season is ignorant."
Then after the win, he mentioned Michigan's so-called "Revenge Tour."
So much for that Revenge Tour. Congrats to the boys on getting them Gold Pants. #GoBucks
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) November 24, 2018
Stover, who was in attendance, put his thoughts into three words ...
No better place O-H
— Cade Stover (@cstov8) November 24, 2018
Mentor defensive end Noah Potter also chimed in, poking fun at the Wolverines ...
Lol @ tun
— Noah Potter (@noah_potter10) November 24, 2018
Whitehaven (Tenn.) tight end Cormontae Hamilton was rooting from a distance ...
Lets Go #GoBucks
— CorMontae Hamilton (@Cbvndzzz) November 24, 2018
Cincinnati St. Xavier's Paris Johnson Jr., who has been at every home game this season, knows his opponents well, which amounts to literally anyone that doesn't live in the state of Ohio ...
Ohio Against The World.. #GoBucks
— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) November 24, 2018
And IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) safety Lejond Cavazos was not shy about his feelings ...
— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) November 24, 2018
Isn't beating Michigan fun?