The Hurry Up: Jordan Dingle Earns Unexpected Ohio State Offer, Elijah Muhammad Excited by Ohio State Contact

By Taylor Lehman on June 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Jordan Dingle
Jordan Dingle

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.

Jordan Dingle discusses his Ohio State offer

Kentucky tight end Jordan Dingle came to Ohio State for the Buckeyes’ one-day camp Thursday with offers from Louisville and Kentucky and was hoping to put his skillset in front of some other collegiate coaches’ eyes to grab some attention.

Little did he know he would grab Ohio State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson’s attention and earn an Ohio State offer before ever leaving campus.

After the skills camp was finished and head coach Ryan Day was observing the private defensive line group that Larry Johnson was working with during the Big Man camp shortly afterwards, Wilson brought Dingle and his parents to meet Day, and the pair of Buckeye coaches extend Dingle an offer.

“They loved my performance in camp and were impressed with how I could move with my size and believe I can really contribute to Ohio State in the future,” Dingle told Eleven Warriors. “It means a lot because it’s a big-time school, and now I have the opportunity to play for them. I was ecstatic.”

This summer’s camp cycle has been working wonders for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end out of Bowling Green, as he went to South Carolina’s camp a couple days after Ohio State’s and landed an offer from the Gamecocks too.

In Columbus, he ran a 4.85-second 40-yard dash and worked well in run blocking drills. His frame and athleticism lend themselves to both blocking and receiving. It’s just a matter of how he grows into that frame that will determine his ceiling. So far, he already recognizes that, he said.

“I’m working on my speed, flexibility, and explosiveness,” he said.

At Bowling Green High School, Dingle caught 29 passes as a sophomore in 2018 for 446 yards and four touchdowns. His role will likely grow beginning in August, as will his offers list, which now contains Ohio State, South Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville as his only Power Five offers.

Ohio State also invited him back for a visit any time.

“They said come back anytime and make sure to come to as many games as possible,” Dingle said.

Elijah Muhammad building a relationship with Ohio State

Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington made his way up to New York a couple of weeks ago to visit Christ The King Regional High School, where he made contact with four players.

Washington had conversations with 2019 Miami commit Jared Harrison-Hunte, 2020 four-star running back Tirek Murphy, 2021 defensive end Chris King and, most significantly, 2021 linebacker Elijah Muhammad.

“He was saying how it was definitely good to see me again, and he said I got a lot bigger since he came in December when he was with the Michigan staff,” Muhammad told Eleven Warriors. “He was like, ‘We’re definitely going to keep in touch.’”

That's exactly what they have done too. Muhammad attended Rutgers’ camp on May 31, and much of the Ohio State staff was there. Washington found Muhammad and worked out with him on location shortly before the camp began.

“He told me different methods of pass rushing and how I’m very quick and that once I get my feet placement right, I’m gonna be unstoppable,” Muhammad said.

Muhammad’s quickness is one aspect of the high school sophomore’s game that Washington has expressed interest in, Muhammad said – that and Muhammad’s versatility.

The Christ The King standout plays middle and outside linebacker as well as defensive end. Muhammad said the Ohio State staff likes him at outside linebacker or defensive end. The specific spot is to be determined.

Muhammad said he hopes to make it to Columbus for a visit at some point this summer.

At this point, the only Power Five offer Muhammad has is an offer from Boston College, but schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Duke and others are all showing showing fairly strong interest.

Jordan Morant releases his top-five

New Jersey safety Jordan Morant released his top five schools via Twitter on Friday, and, in addition to Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, USC and Texas A&M were included.

“I can really see myself going to Ohio State, and it’s such a great school to be at,” Morant told Eleven Warriors. “Especially with the culture and how good the program is every year. I have such a great relationship with the coaching staff, and I just think I feel very comfortable being there and I really like the atmosphere there.”

Morant is rated as the No. 10 safety in the 2020 class according to 247Composite, and 247Sports has him rated as the No. 1 safety. Ohio State is also in on four-star safeties Lathan Ransom and Makari Paige, and Michigan athlete Cameron Martinez has expressed interest in safety as well.

Morant will commit at the All-American Bowl Game on Jan. 4.

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