Tuesday Ohio State Visitors
Four-star Akron athlete DeaMonte Trayanum headlined the Tuesday visits for Ohio State. The No. 334 player overall in the 2020 class has bounced back and forth between preferring running back and linebacker, but many teams are recruiting him as a running back.
He carried the ball 106 times for 1,313 yards and 26 touchdowns and offers a big body at 6-feet, 215 pounds at the position.
His visit to Ohio State went “really good,” he told Eleven Warriors. The Akron standout was able to talk to most of the Ohio State coaching staff, he said, and upon leaving Columbus, Trayanum said he doesn’t feel much different about the program than when he came. He is still high on the Buckeyes.
Trayanum has an unofficial visit planned to Notre Dame on March 20 and an official visit to Wisconsin on June 7. There doesn’t seem to be a commitment coming from the Ohio-native soon.
Another Midwest target was also at Ohio State on Tuesday. This one from Illinois in 2021 inside linebacker Bryan Sanborn. Sanborn is early in his recruitment process, but he has three offers from Big Ten programs already – Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
He had already made a visit to Wisconsin in late-January, when he was offered. His brother, Jack, is a freshman linebacker at Wisconsin, but Sanborn said his brother’s attendance in Madison doesn’t sway his decision for his school this early in the process.
“I’m looking for a program really cares about its players and feels like home,” he said.
Sanborn had visited Ohio State when he was in middle school, but his visit Tuesday was the first time he’d been back since. This time, though, Sanborn had conversations with the coaching staff – head coach Ryan Day, linebackers coach Al Washington and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. He came away with quite a high impression of Day.
“He’s an amazing coach, but not just that, an amazing guy,” Sanborn said. “He’s laid back and is focused on building relationships with players and staff and also to continue the tradition of Ohio State football. An overall great person.”
Tuesday was just the beginning of a big recruiting week for the Buckeyes, as more than a dozen others will be in Columbus this weekend.
Miquan Grace to be in Columbus
Cincinnati safety Miquan Grace will be in Columbus on Saturday as one of a few prospects attending Student Appreciation Day without an Ohio State offer.
Grace said Ohio State wants to see him improve his top-end speed, and Grace, one of the top safeties in the state, is running track indoors and outdoors this spring to look to improve before he graduates in 2020.
Grace was a former teammate of current Ohio State sophomore defensive tackle Jerron Cage and has trained with junior safety Amir Riep.
“Amir is a great role model,” Grace said. “He always gives me tips to get better, and it means a lot because he is where I’m trying to go.”
The No. 55 Ohio prospect has offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Cincinnati and others. He also has interest from Ohio State and Michigan State. The Cincinnati product also said he will be in Columbus for Ohio State’s annual Friday Night Lights camp in the summer.