The Hurry Up: Rivals Includes Five Ohio State Targets in New 2020 Top-10, Kelee Ringo Gets Weekend MVP Award

By Taylor Lehman on February 18, 2019 at 6:30 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.

New Rivals Top 10 updated its top-10 list Monday during its Rivals Rankings Week, which includes a new Rivals100 Tuesday, new Rivals250 Wednesday, new positional rankings Thursday and Friday and new state rankings Sunday.

On Monday, though, there were five prospects particularly close to Ohio State's recruiting efforts that made the cut.

Elias Ricks (No. 4)

Five-star cornerback Elias Ricks returned six of his nine interceptions for touchdowns as a junior. From the beginning, Ricks has been a big target for Ohio State, and even though he committed to LSU near the end of December and is still strongly committed, Ricks still plans to visit Ohio State. 

Paris Johnson, Jr. (No. 5)

Obviously, the most significant prospect when considering Ohio State football recruiting was five-star Cincinnati tackle Paris Johnson, Jr., who came in at No. 5 in the rankings. Regardless of his performance once he gets to Columbus, Johnson is doing a lot of work in recruiting other Cincinnati prospects to Ohio State as well. He might end up being not only the highest-rated prospect in the class for the Buckeyes but also the most relevant player-recruiter as well.

Bryan Bresee (No. 6)

As was discussed in Sunday's Hurry Up, five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee's recruitment is still a tight race, with his final six —Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State — being locked in. That final six is all that's guaranteed at this point. His size at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds is incredible when considering the speed that he has around the edge on film. Bresee will be an immediate difference-maker on nearly any defense he chooses. Clemson and Georgia are very much trending at the moment.

Kelee Ringo (No. 9)

Five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo is one of the most athletic prospects in the class and is one of the prospects in Arizona with connections to Ohio State quarterback commit Jack Miller. Ringo was in Columbus in October for an unofficial visit and then visited Texas in November and Washington in December. Both of his crystal balls have him going to Texas and Washington, which means nobody knows where Ringo is going. Washington could be seen as the frontrunner though, since he is originally from Tacoma, Washington, and his good relationship with former Ohio State coach Alex Grinch, who is now at Oklahoma, could point toward Ringo not picking the Buckeyes. 

Justin Rogers (No. 10)

Five-star offensive guard Justin Rogers is looking to play tackle at the next level in most cases despite being just 6-foot-2.5. He has the athleticism to play at the position but could play anywhere along the line. It wouldn't be surprising if he remained at guard if he does in fact choose the Buckeyes. He seems to prefer Ohio State, but Georgia has made it a two-team race, and in the 2019 class, his teammate at Oak Park, pro-style quarterback Dwan Mathis flipped form Ohio State to Georgia at the Early Signing Period. Whether that has any influence on Rogers' decision has yet to be seen.

Kelee Ringo Takes MVP

Not included in Sunday's Hurry Up was Kelee Ringo taking the Rivals Three-Stripe Camp: Los Angeles DB MVP on Sunday.

Schools Stepping in on OSU Targets

Four-star running back Sam Adams out of Washington got an offer form Ole Miss on Monday, he announced via Twitter. Adams is a tall, 6-foot-2 back with above average interest in the Buckeyes, but it seems he is pretty focused on Texas A&M at this point in his recruitment. 

West Virginia offered Pickerington Central 2021 wideout Lorenzo Styles on Monday. Styles has 13 offers now from schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Indiana and Duke. 

West Virginia also extended an offer to three-star Virginia offensive tackle Jimmy Christ, who boasts a body that could have an influence on a Division I line once it's developed. There isn't a ton of interest between Christ and Ohio State, and he's not too interested in other Big Ten schools, but a lineman of his size has quite a potential at the next level.

Also, Michigan is tripping up on the plans of four-star defensive end and No. 329 overall 2020 recruit Braiden McGregor, who should be a near slam dunk for the Wolverines.

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