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.
Three-Star Athlete Feels Mutual Interest
Three-star Connecticut athlete Justin Barron made a visit to Ohio State to watch the Buckeyes’ inaugural spring practice of the 2019 season.
“Practice was impressive,” The No. 8 Connecticut prospect said. “For the first day of spring ball, there was a lot of energy, and everyone was flying around. Everyone was engaged.”
Barron plays a lot of linebacker and tight end for Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut, and he said he doesn’t come off the field often, as he plays the majority of special teams too. Ohio State likes him at both outside linebacker and tight end, and the No. 82 athlete in the class said he feels comfortable at both spots.
Barron was given a tour of the facilities, was allowed to watch practice and had a photoshoot as well. While he’s in regular contact with Ohio State special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes and director of player personnel Mark Pantoni, Barron also got to meet a few other coaches as well.
tOSU @CoachMattBarnes— Justin Barron (@justinbarron22) March 6, 2019
Barron said he believes he was invited on a visit because he has versatility on both sides of the ball and the coaches like the way he plays the game. Barron described his role at Suffield Academy as the leader and the communicator. And, being the No. 1,059 player in the 2020 class, Barron said he believes Ohio State has as much interest in him as he does in the Buckeyes.
“My interactions have been really positive with the staff there,” Barron said. “I wouldn't come all the way out to Columbus if the interest was not mutual. We’re focusing on building a relationship as of right now.”
Barron was at Pittsburgh on a visit Friday and plans to see Penn State on March 23.
Trey Leroux Leaves Spring Practice with OSU Offer
Norwalk-native Trey Leroux attended Ohio State’s spring practice Friday, and the offensive tackle left with an offer.
The No. 38 prospect in Ohio’s 2020 class becomes the 22nd offensive tackle in the 2020 class with an Ohio State offer. Leroux also has offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Purdue and — most recently — Indiana.
The No. 19 2020 Ohio prospect was also in Columbus for Ohio State’s spring practice Friday. Offensive guard Terah Edwards out of Groveport Madison visit Ohio State. The No. 32 guard in the nation does not yet have an Ohio State offer, but he does have offers from Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana and others.
Myles Murphy Includes Ohio State
Five-star defensive end Myles Murphy narrowed his offers list down to ten schools, and Ohio State was included. The No. 11 player in the 2020 class also included North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Florida, LSU, Alabama and NC State.
Top 10 pic.twitter.com/nQa7dk8uPT— myles murphy (@gmurfo1) March 6, 2019
Murphy, a junior at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, recorded 53 tackles, 18 of them for a loss, and 10 sacks.Murphy, however, is leaning toward Georgia at the moment.