Ohio State is welcoming several of its top 2020 and 2021 targets to campus during its spring practices March 22-23. These are the visitors that will be in Columbus.
After a year with Student Appreciation Day, Ohio State brought back the annual tradition for the 2019 spring season, and it will come back in a big way next weekend, March 23, in a big way.
More than a dozen recruits will be in Columbus during the weekend of March 22-24 and at spring practice Saturday, when students are allowed to watch, take photos and eat food.
These are the prospects that will be watching at practice.
Class of 2020
Miami four-star cornerback Henry Gray's visit might be the most intriguing visit of the bunch this weekend. He's staying in Columbus for five days, while the rest are staying for a day or two. With most top prospects from the Miami area, Miami (FL) is a top contender for Gray's commitment, especially since Gray had already been committed to Miami but de-committed in December. Clemson and Ohio State are also in the running, as Gray narrowed his offers into a top-eight in February. Gray's last visit to Clemson was at the end of January, and this will be his first visit to Columbus.
Four-star safety Lejond Cavazos is also out of Miami but is originally from Texas. He moved to Miami and plays for the IMG Academy. Ohio State is recruiting him as a potential cornerback. He opened some eyes at The Opening Regionals in Miami with a 4.40 40-yard dash. Cavazos was committed to Ohio State, but he de-committed on Dec. 4, the same day Urban Meyer announced his retirement. Ohio State is still a front-runner for the No. 441 recruit overall in the class.
When it comes to stars in this visiting group, five-star wide receiver Julian Fleming is the biggest among them. The No. 1 2020 wideout will make his way back to Ohio State since he visited Columbus twice in November. Fleming has not hinted at who might get his commitment except by narrowing his offers list down to six programs, including Ohio State, Penn State, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Oregon.
Three-star athlete Cameron Martinez is a recruit that Ohio State extended an offer to later than schools that are in the mix for his commitment. The Buckeyes offered the two-way Michigan prospect Feb. 15. Since then, Ohio State has jumped to a program that has earned interest from Martinez and is now battling with Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State. A good visit could make the difference.
Just more than a week ago, four-star center Reece Atteberry narrowed down his offers list to five teams – Duke, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Since receiving his offer in June 2018, Atteberry has been very interested in the Buckeyes. He has an official visit set up at Notre Dame for this June, so a commitment might not be made immediately after his visit this weekend, but Ohio State has been on the verge for a while with Atteberry.
The last time four-star Georgia safety Brian Branch visited Ohio State was in November, a few weeks after his offer. He watched Ohio State play Michigan and described the experience to his high school coach as "amazing." Branch has an official visit scheduled at Oklahoma on April 12.
The No. 19 outside linebacker in the 2020 class, Kourt Williams, has begun to hear from Ohio State recently. The California prospect recorded 74 tackles as a junior in 2018 and has heard from schools like USC, Georgia, UCLA, Oregon and others.
Three-star safety Miquan Grace is the No. 55 prospect in the state of Ohio. A former teammate of current Buckeye Amir Riep, Grace has been working to earn an offer from Ohio State. He currently has 10 offers, two from Power 5 conferences – Kentucky and Maryland.
Class of 2021
Washington athlete Emeka Egbuka is the most coveted prospect form the 2021 class visiting Ohio State this weekend. Egbuka caught 72 passes for 1,492 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018, and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline is his primary recruiter. Hartline has quite a workload Saturday, as the visit will be a big one for crucial receiver prospects like Egbuka.
Missouri defensive end Travion Ford is expected to be rated as one of the best in his class, but the only Ohio State coach he's communicated with directly is Brian Hartline, who visited him in St. Louis to extend the offer. Ford said he is eager to meet the rest of the coaching staff, which is the main objective for the defensive end heading in to the weekend. Ford recorded 17 sacks as a sophomore and has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and others. The Ohio State offer was one that he was waiting on, he said. A good visit would be a good springboard for Ford and his relationship with Ohio State.
Four-star wideout Beaux Collins said that Ohio State has been showing him some love recently. The Buckeyes offered the No. 10 receiver in the 2021 class around the new year, and this visit will also be his first to Columbus.
J.J. McCarthy is one of five 2021 quarterbacks Ohio State has offered, and McCarthy might be the quarterback with the most developed relationship with the Buckeyes among those five. He received his offer Dec. 11, and this weekend will be his first visit to Columbus. He just came off a visit to Northwestern and plans to visit Wisconsin the following weekend and Michigan the weekend after that.
Elliot Donald, an outside linebacker out of Pittsburgh and nephew of Los Angeles Rams NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, will be in Columbus for his first visit to Ohio State. He has offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh and others.
California quarterback Miller Moss will be in Columbus for half of the weekend. Michigan is hosting the pro-style quarterback Sunday and Monday. He received an offer form Michigan before his visit, and it wouldn't be unlikely for Miller to leave Columbus without an offer either.
Here is his sophomore-year film from Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills.
Class of 2022
Jeffery Beverly is a local product, as the Franklin Heights quarterback will make an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend. The high school freshman doesn't have an offer yet, but he is garnering interest from Ohio State, Michigan and some non-Power 5 programs.