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Cam Large and Terah Edwards visits
There was a trio of Ohio State targets at the Buckeyes’ spring practice Friday, and all three were at different stages of their relationships with the coaching staff. Massachusetts tight end Cam Large came in with an offer from Ohio State already, while Norwalk offensive tackle Trey Leroux left with an offer and Columbus lineman Terah Edwards is continuing to build his relationship with the team.
Edwards’ recruitment has seen exponential growth since December passed and the new year began. Entering December with no offers, Edwards received two offers before the end of the month and currently holds 20, not including Ohio State yet.
The Groveport Madison junior dropped 60 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons and now weighs in at 295. His athleticism has allowed him to classify as an offensive guard and defensive tackle. Ohio State is looking at him as a defensive tackle.
“I like Coach (Larry) Johnson because he’s up front and straight to the point,” Edwards said. “He told me I’m going to have to step up my game and do the little things right on and off the field to keep building this relationship. He told me he wants me to get back to visit two more times this spring and then go to a camp.”
What Johnson meant by off the field was improving Edwards’ diet, and by camps, Johnson was referring to the camps hosted by Ohio State in June. Once he proves he can make the commitment to push his game to the next level and build the relationship with the staff, Edwards said, Johnson told him the opportunity for him to play for Ohio State is there.
“If I get the opportunity to play there, I could definitely see myself playing at Ohio State,” Edwards said.
Where Edwards had already been to two other practices on collegiate visits, three-star tight end Cam Large had only been to one — a Boston College practice a few miles away from his hometown of Dedham, Massachusetts. But the practice is what he expected it to be, he said.
“I was expecting (high energy) because of the way they run their offense. It obviously has to translate into practice,” Large said. “They had a really hectic day. I loved it. It was controlled chaos.”
Large is the No. 15 tight end in the 2020 class and the No. 5 recruit coming out of Massachusetts with no timeline for a commitment yet, as his recruitment picked up within the last couple of months and his visit season has just begun.
The tight end received several offers throughout February, including offers from LSU, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State, to push his total to 19. He made a visit to Notre Dame at the end of February and then hit Wisconsin the next weekend. After his Ohio State visit this past Thursday and Friday, Large is headed to LSU, Duke and Vanderbilt with visits left to follow those.
While at Ohio State, though, Large was able to talk with another tight end from the Northeast area. Sophomore Jeremy Ruckert served as a mentor for Large while the Massachusetts product was in Columbus.
“It was nice talking about the process with someone who’s already gone through it and ended up in a great place,” Large said. “He just told me everything Ohio State has to offer. It was good to have that perspective.”
As a junior, Large recorded 280 receiving yards for six touchdowns while also totaling nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss on defense. While being in Massachusetts and playing lacrosse in the spring, Large said his coaches are understanding and will allow him to make the visits he needs but that he also has a chip on his shoulder coming out of the Northeast.
“I always have something to prove. I’m from Massachusetts,” Large said. “We don’t have good football up here. I think it’s going to be really fun to go to college and play against these guys that have been recruited their whole lives and come from a place where there were like 10,000 people coming to their games. I’ve got 100 people coming to my games.”
Cane Berrong’s Stock Rises
Georgia tight end Cane Berrong has seen his recruitment blow up as of late, following his Ohio State offer in mid-February. The 2021 tight end, who former NFL wide receiver Terrence Edwards said would be one of the best in his class, just saw his stock rise even higher Friday. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore received an offer from Alabama.
Blessed to announce that after talking to @CoachJeffBanks I have received my 14th D1 offer from The University of Alabama!!! #RTR #ROLLTIDE @AlabamaFTBL @ChadSimmons_ @Mansell247 @TomLoy247 @SWiltfong247 @indfbscout @damehova9 @180SportsP @RecruitGeorgia pic.twitter.com/VMA5mEqxa6— Cane Berrong (@CaneBerrong) March 9, 2019
There Are Two Myles Murphys in the Top 100
I stated Friday that the five-star defensive end Myles Murphy announced his top-10 and included Ohio State, but it was actually four-star defensive end Myles Murphy out of North Carolina. Murphy is the No. 90 recruit in the 2020 class and the No. 6 defensive end. He also included North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Notre Dame, South Carolina, LSU, Alabama and NC State.
Top 10 pic.twitter.com/nQa7dk8uPT— myles murphy (@gmurfo1) March 6, 2019