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.
Bryan Bresee Chooses Clemson
The top recruit in the 2020 class, Maryland defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, committed to Clemson on Tuesday afternoon, giving the Tigers the top recruiting class in the country by leapfrogging LSU and Alabama. Ohio State remains at No. 6.
Bresee had released his top-six via Twitter in November, including Ohio State along with Clemson, Michigan, Alabama, Penn State and Georgia, but he hadn’t visited Columbus since releasing that list. His last visit was in September 2018. He also visited during a one-day camp in the summer of 2017 and again in October 2018.
In 2019, Bresee traveled to Clemson twice and as recently as April 6. He also made it to Penn State and Georgia, yet Ohio State and Clemson seemed to be the frontrunners.
Bresee is the fifth commitment the Tigers have earned since February, including the No. 1 safety in RJ Mickens and the No. 3 cornerback in Fred Davis, both whom Ohio State was recruiting, particularly Davis.
This class is shaping up to be the best Clemson has seen in the Dabo Swinney era.
Other prospects that committed elsewhere in the last couple of weeks include Brian Branch to Alabama, Jordan Botelho to Notre Dame, Akinola Ogunbiyi to Georgia, Jalen Kimber to Georgia and, most recently, Ryan Watts to Oklahoma.
Myles Rowser Hoping for an Ohio State Offer
Belleville, Michigan, defensive back Myles Rowser is young, but he already has some of the most coveted offers in the Big Ten – Michigan and Penn State. One of the few missing so far is Ohio State, and he said he’d like to receive one from the Buckeyes as well.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound high school freshman was at the Under Armour All-America Camp in Cincinnati on April 14, and while he was among the youngest group there – the Class of 2022 – he was a leader during the initial camp exercises and stood out during defensive back drills as a player that everyone understood needed to grow but that also understood how to play the position.
“I feel like I did good,” Rowser said. “I could’ve had a pick or two, but besides that, I feel like I did good.”
Rowser has already taken a visit to Michigan, where he said he felt a feeling of home. While not being able to communicate electronically with colleges until he’s a junior, his visit to Michigan paid dividends for his perception of the program, which he said has good organization and a good, fast pace.
That will likely wear off once Rowser can be in contact with other programs, as it does with most young recruits, but Ohio State has yet to make contact with Rowser or Rowser’s head coach regarding the Belleville safety.
The Buckeyes have offered just three 2022 prospects to date, and two of them are quarterbacks, so being from Belleville, where Ohio State is very interested in 2021 No. 6 defensive tackle Damon Payne, and showing promise in camps at an early age, Rowser has a good chance of drawing interest from Ohio State.
Paris Johnson Jr. Visits Athens
Five-star Cincinnati tackle Paris Johnson Jr. made an official visit to Georgia over the weekend, which represented his second Georgia visit in the span of one month and has caused a reason for concern regarding his commitment to Ohio State.
Great time in Athens! pic.twitter.com/ZKVqo7SpKL— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) April 22, 2019
It was understandable why fans were concerned when Johnson made a trip across SEC country with his friends Darrion Henry and Jaheim Thomas, posted photos in each location and piqued that concern with a specific tweet about Tennessee.
Johnson was able to visit Ohio State for the Scarlet and Gray Spring Game a couple weeks ago, and the coaching staff gave him a very warm welcome. That doesn’t change the fact that there has been a major coaching change since Johnson committed in June, which was reason enough for Lejond Cavazos and Jake Wray to decommit, let alone the No. 4 prospect in the country.
He still seems like a good bet to honor that commitment and eventually sign in Columbus, but he does clearly have interest in the programs down south with official visits left to take yet.
Barrett Carter, Bram Walden Get OSU Offers
Ohio State has been extending offers intermittently over the course of the last couple weeks, and the most recent offer hits the SEC country in Georgia.
Outside linebacker Barrett Carter is ranked as the No. 210 player overall in the 2021 class by 247Sports and the No. 17 player out of Georgia. He has offers from Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Kentucky and four others, but that list will be expanding in the near future.
Carter recorded 51 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception as a sophomore in 2018.
The Buckeyes also extended an offer to Arizona offensive tackle Bram Walden. Walden is the No. 2 2021 recruit out of Arizona, according to 247Sports, and he is an offensive tackle with Saguaro High School, a national powerhouse among high school football programs where five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo and 2021 No. 1 Arizona recruit Quintin Somerville both play too.