The Hurry Up: Top 2021 Defensive End is Ready for Ohio State Relationship to Bud

By Taylor Lehman on March 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Monkell Goodwine

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.

Monkell Goodwine Anticipates Good Relationship with OSU

Maryland 2021 defensive end Monkell Goodwine, who is expected to be one of the best defensive ends of his class, is only a sophomore at National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland, but once he becomes a junior, he told Eleven Warriors, he expects his relationship with Ohio State to be “good/great.”

NCAA coaches are not allowed to make electronic contact with prospects that are sophomores or younger in high school, but Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson has made his way to Maryland to see Goodwine. Goodwine has enjoyed his limited contact with Ohio State and has heard good things from his head coach, Andre Kates, who has done most of the communication on Goodwine’s behalf.

“I don’t know much about Ohio State,” Goodwine said. “I just know it’s a big-time football school. So I’m fairly new to it all. But I do know about Chase Young, who came from (DeMatha Catholic) and is doing well up there.”

Goodwine said he will be taking some unofficial visits soon. His coach will be taking Goodwine and his teammates, Timothy Lawson, Aaron Parks, Terion Sugick and Joshuah Moten, who is a four-star cornerback without an offer from Ohio State but is committed to Penn State. Ohio State will be one of the schools that Goodwine will visit.

Goodwine said a program that encourages a family atmosphere is what interests him the most. The 6-foot-4, 264-pound sophomore brings size and speed to the position not seen in many defensive end recruits in his class. Goodwine recorded 44 tackles in 2018 and 20 of them were for loss.

Sav'ell Smalls Transfers High Schools

Five-star Washington outside linebacker Sav'ell Smalls announced that he is transferring from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, to Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington. Smalls's family is moving to Burien, he told the Seattle Times, which takes the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2020 class to the Class 4A state favorite for his senior season. 

Smalls played at Kennedy Catholic for his freshman season and transferred to Garfield for the next two seasons, aiding them to a state semifinals appearance in 2017. Kennedy Catholic finished 6-4 last season but bring back 2021 No. 1 pro-style quarterback Sam Huard, who is already committed toWashington.

Smalls released a cut list of 12 schools in February that included Ohio State. It also included Washington, Washington State, Florida, Miami (FL), Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Texas A&M, Florida State and Clemson.

Lejond Cavazos Confirms Visit to Ohio State

Lejond Cavazos, the No. 21 safety in the 2020 class and former Ohio State commit, confirmed via Twitter that he will be visiting Ohio State next week. Cavazos had a visit scheduled for March 22 and is anticipated to make that visit.He will also visit LSU.

Cavazos de-committed from Ohio State on Dec. 4, the day that Urban Meyer announced he would be retiring. It is expected to be a one-day visit.

Cavazos is part of the biggest visit weekend for Ohio State this month, between March 22 and March 24. Several other recruits, including 2021 No. 2 athlete Emeka Egbuka, 2020 No. 9 cornerback Henry Gray, 2020 No. 3 center Reece Atteberry and 2021 pro-style quarterback J.J. McCarthy will be among the visitors.

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