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.
Kyle McCord High on Ohio State Before Visit
Four-star 2021 quarterback Kyle McCord is making the trip from Pennsylvania into Columbus this weekend to attend the Spring Game on Saturday, and his expectations are sky-high.
“I’m expecting it to be my best visit yet,” McCord said. “I’ve talked to the coaching staff a bunch, and we’ve went over what to expect for the weekend and I’m really excited. It should be a great time.”
The St. Joseph’s Prep quarterback was just rated as the No. 8 quarterback in the class by 247Sports earlier this week, and his teammate, four-star wideout Marvin Harrison Jr., was rated as the No. 6 receiver.
The two Philadelphia playmakers connected 50 times for 725 yards and eight touchdowns as sophomores in 2018, and McCord said they are “best friends on and off the field.” They’re both very high on the Buckeyes heading into the weekend.
“We both feel the same way about Ohio State,” McCord said. “We are both getting recruited the most by OSU, and we both really like it out in Columbus. Ohio State is at the top of both of our lists.”
— Kyle McCord (@kylemccord16) April 7, 2019
McCord said he has been in contact with quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, wide receivers coach Brian Hartline and head coach Ryan Day, who originally reached out to McCord’s father to show interest in the 2021 field general. McCord has been mostly in touch with Yurcich though.
After his visit to Columbus, which is the only visit on his calendar at the moment, McCord said he might schedule spring visits with schools, particularly Clemson, Texas A&M and Penn State.
Devell Washington Releases Top-Five
Michigan three-star wide receiver Devell Washington was and has remained extremely high on the Buckeyes since receiving his offer in June 2018 – so high that he said he was “really, really close” to committing to Ohio State last summer.
That interest has remained fairly consistent, he said, which was made evident when he released his top-five schools earlier this week. The No. 100 wideout in the country included Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Purdue.
Id like to thank all of the coaches that recruited me from some of the top universities in the country. Its humbling that you believed in me as a student-athlete. That said, here are my top 5 schools (no order). Recruitment is still OPEN #GodsPlan
— Devell Washington (@DevellWashingt2) April 9, 2019
“Coach Hartline is amazing,” Washington said. “He is someone that can maximize my potential to get to the next level. Especially seeing how Zone 6 played this year as a group, who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Plus, it’s WRU and an NFL factory. Coach Day knows what he’s doing for sure.”
Washington also said that he has a good relationship with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, always dreamed of playing at Michigan State near his home in Bay City and believes Purdue and West Virginia are in the process of building successful programs.
As far as Ohio State, Washington said he appreciates the historic factor of the program and that it is typically near the top-three in the country competing for national championships. He hasn’t been able to speak with Hartline much recently, but that doesn’t cause him much concern he said.
“It’s the nature of recruiting,” Washington said. “That’s still my guy.”
Washington performed at The Opening Regional in Massillon on March 31 and is expected to be at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Cincinnati on Sunday. His combination of size and speed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, made him an intriguing performer at The Opening Regional.
Geirean Hatchett Includes OSU in Top-Five
Washington four-star offensive guard Geirean Hatchett released his top-five Wednesday, and it included Ohio State.
Thank you to all of the coaches that have recruited me. Very thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way. With that being said these are the 5 schools that I will be focusing on as my recruiting process continues! #cardclass20 #GoIrish #PurpleReign #GoBucks #20Deep pic.twitter.com/ZyM8MulFkk
— Geirean (@GeireanHatchett) April 10, 2019
Also included were Washington, Notre Dame, Stanford and Oklahoma. Rated as the No. 188 prospect overall, the No. 10 guard in the 2020 class and the No. 5 prospect out of Washington, Hatchett is strongly anticipated to pledge to Washington.
Hatchett has made a couple visits to Columbus – one in July 2018 and one in November.