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.
Terah Edwards Continues to be recruited by Ohio State
On April 13, Groveport Madison lineman Terah Edwards announced that he had committed to Northwestern. That commitment came as a shock to many, as he had an offer from Michigan State and was close to the Spartans’ staff but also was waiting on an offer from Ohio State, who had showed a lot of interest in him over several months.
But Edwards said Northwestern had been No. 1 for him since February.
“Northwestern has been my No. 1 even if I didn’t say so in public,” Edwards told Eleven Warriors. “I really like Coach (Pat Fitzgerald) and thought it was my best fit. The academics played a big role too.”
That doesn’t mean that Ohio State is letting him slip through their fingers, though. As soon as he was allowed by NCAA regulations, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson went to Groveport Madison, shortly after Edwards’ commitment to let him know the Buckeyes still want him.
Johnson stopped by again Friday to talk to Edwards and express that Ohio State, as it had expressed before his commitment, would like to see him in Columbus for a summer camp. Edwards said he will still attend that camp if given the okay by Fitzgerald.
“I want to got to the camp to take advantage of what Coach Johnson could teach me,” Edwards said.
Edwards made multiple visits during Ohio State’s spring practices and appeared to be in line for an Ohio State offer, but Edwards didn’t want to wait too long after having had offers from Northwestern and Michigan State. He could still receive that Ohio State offer, and when he does, it’s yet to be determined how it would affect Edwards’ recruitment, except that he said Northwestern is his No. 1 priority moving forward.
“I’m proud to say I’m a Wildcat,” Edwards said. “I really feel like I have nothing to worry about.”
Northwestern likes Edwards on the defensive line – the same as Ohio State. He will likely work out as a defensive lineman at Ohio State’s camp. He worked out as an offensive lineman at The Opening Regionals in Massillon.
With about seven months left until the Early Signing Period, Edwards will take his official visit to Northwestern this weekend.
Monkell Goodwine visited by Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson made his way to Maryland on Tuesday to visit a couple prospects in the 2021 class at National Christian Academy. One of those recruits was Monkell Goodwine, who was anticipating developing a “good” relationship with Ohio State the last time he was in a Hurry Up.
“He just evaluated me," Goodwine told Eleven Warriors. “He told (National Christian head coach Andre Kates) he’s only taking two defensive linemen in 2021 and is looking around all over the country to find the right fit. Said I’m one of the ones he wants.”
It would make sense for Johnson to only be searching for a couple defensive linemen for 2021 while being so deep at the position in 2019 and with some 2020 recruits yet to commit. It would also make sense for Goodwine to be one that he wants.
Goodwine is rated as the No. 14 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports and the No. 6 recruit coming out of Maryland in 2021. As a sophomore in 2018, 20 of his 44 tackles were for loss, and he recorded three sacks as well.
He said he will be in Columbus over the summer for a camp at Ohio State.
Johnson represented one of 66 programs that have visited National Christian Academy in the last nine days, Kates said via Twitter.
Thank You Wheeling Jesuit, West Virginia, Elon, Hampton, Liberty, Ohio State, Albany, Oklahoma, Shepard For All Coming To NCA Today To Check Out The Eagles. That Now Put Us At 66 Colleges at National Christian Academy In 9 Days. #WeWorkForScholarships #66In9Days— Andre Kates (@DreKates7) May 14, 2019
Ohio State was also at National Christian Academy to watch 2020 cornerback Joshuah Moten, a four-star cornerback committed to Penn State.